Mount St. Mary's Falls to Robert Morris, 15-8, in NEC Opener on Tuesday Afternoon
Emmitsburg, Md. (March 25, 2014)--Mount St. Mary's lost to Robert Morris, 15-8, in the team's Northeast Conference opener on Tuesday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium on campus. Mark Hojnoski paced the Mountaineers with a career-high four goals in the loss.
The Mount (0-9, 0-1 NEC) started strong, scoring three times in the opening eight and a half minutes to take the early lead. Hojnoski's first goal came just 1:08 into the contest when he converted a Clayton Wainer feed. Evan Gormley scored 45 seconds later to stake the Mount to a 2-0 advantage. Hojnoski stretched the margin to 3-0 with an unassisted goal with 6:35 left the opening quarter, forcing a Robert Morris timeout.
The Colonials (4-4, 1-2 NEC) answered the Mount surge by scoring the next six goals of the game. It took a minute and 20 seconds for Robert Morris to even the score. James Rahe put the Colonials on the scoreboard with 3:42 left in the first quarter, and Tyalor Graves scored 40 seconds later to make it 3-2. Graves struck again with 2:22 left in the first to even the score.
Robert Morris scored the first three goals of the second quarter to stretch the lead to 6-3. Eric Rankel scored the first two, and Rahe's goal with 3:07 left in the half made it 6-3. Wainer scored with 1:00 left in the half to make it 6-4, but Rankel's third goal fo the quarter with 8.5 seconds left gave the Colonials a 7-4 halftime edge.
Mike Pascali scored on an extra-man opportunity for the Mount five minutes into the second half to cut the deficit to 7-5, but Robert Morris scored the next three goals to take control of the game. Jacob Ruest made it 8-5 with 8:48 left in the third, and just eight seconds later, JonPatrick Kealy's goal pushed the lead to 9-5.
After Rahe's third goal of the game stretched the lead to 10-5, Hojnoski scored with two seconds left in the quarter to make it 10-6.
Rankel, Luke Laskiewicz and Rahe each scored in the opening 4:15 of the fourth quarter to give RMU a 13-6 lead.
Mount St. Mary's held a 35-to-34 edge in ground balls, but Robert Morris outshot the Mount 46-33 in the game. The Mount also committed 23 turnovers compared to 11 by the Colonials.
Hojnoski, returning the lineup after missing the past five games due to injury, had a career-high four goals while adding an assist for a five-point effort. Wainer added a goal and an assist while Bubba Johnson, Pascali and Gormley also scored in the loss.
Chris Klaiber made 15 saves while allowing 13 goals in 49:15 of action for the Mount. Frankie McCarthy made a pair of saves in the final 10:45, while allowing two goals. Nick Haley won 15-of-25 face-offs (60.0 percent) while scooping up a team-high 10 ground balls. Nick Firman added five ground balls for the Mount.
Rahe led the Colonials with five goals and one assist for a six-point game. Rankel added four goals while Laskiewicz finished with a goal and four assists. Brian Bohn made seven saves while allowing eight goals in 57:39 for Robert Morris.
The Mountaineers are back in action on Saturday, March 29, when Hobart visits Waldron Family Stadium for a 12:00 p.m. game.