Colonials Edge Pioneers in Season Finale, 13-12
April 25, 2009
Moon Township, PA - Junior Patrick Smith scored five goals, while senior Dan Kerch added a pair of goals and assists to lead Robert Morris to a 13-12 win over Sacred Heart in CAA season finale for both teams Saturday at Joe Walton Satdium. Four different Pioneers scored two goals in the loss.
The Colonials quickly established a two goal lead when Kerch scored the first goal of the game 11 seconds in and then 15 seconds later Smith tallied his first goal of the day off an assist from senior Brandon Johnson.
However, Sacred Heart responded shortly after when Tim Russo found the net at 1:25, which started a string of four Pioneer goals, giving them the 4-2 lead with 5:54 left in the quarter. Billy Skelos, Nicholas Russo and Joe Caridi each found the back of the net in the run.
With 2:34 remaining on the clock Kerch sent the ball to Smith who fired it past Pioneer goalie Zack Frank to cut into Sacred Heart's lead 4-3. Thirty-three seconds later Corbyn Tao-Brambleby took advantage of an extra-man opportunity and connected to knot the score 4-4 going into the second quarter.
Robert Morris dominated the first five minutes of the second-half and scored three goals, giving the Colonials a lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of play. Evan Morgan stepped up for the Pioneers at 6:09 and got one by Sal Barcia on an extra-man opportunity, but Smith and Moore added a goal each for Robert Morris to bring the score to 9-5 going into the second half.
At 3:07 in the third quarter Moore increased RMU's lead to 10-5 when he found a pass from Tao-Brambleby and slipped through the Pioneer defense for the score.
In an effort to catch up to the Colonials, the Pioneers scored three goals within a three minute span to cut into RMU's lead 10-8. Caridi netted his second goal of the game with Dennis Gannon and Jon Flood each finding the back of the net.
The duo of Kyle Buchanan and Kiel Matisz ended the Pioneer scoring streak when Matisz sent the ball to Buchanan to make the score with 4:48 left in the quarter. However, Sacred Heart got its stayed in it as Flood and Morgan each scored in the last 1:46 of play to come within one of the Colonials at 11-10.
Aaron Bottazzo started of the fourth quarter with his only goal of the game at 1:23, which was followed by an extra-man goal by Smith at 4:06 to give RMU a three goal cushion. In an effort to tie the game Timmy Katz scored two goals for Sacred Heart in the final 10 minutes of action, but Sacred Heart was never able to find the net a third time, giving RMU the 13-12 win.
Both teams were two-for-four on extra-man opportunities, but Sacred Heart dominated the face-off circle winning 19 of 29 face-offs.