April 16, 2011

Moore Shines Again as Robert Morris Cruises

from press release

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The Robert Morris University men's lacrosse team scored the game's first seven goals over a 5:04 span in the middle of the first quarter en route to the second-highest single-game goal total in program history as the Colonials won their first Northeast Conference (NEC) contest in their inaugural NEC home game with a 23-9 thrashing of visiting Wagner Saturday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium.

Senior captain Trevor Moore (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia / Western Reserve Academy) continued to put up gaudy offensive numbers as he tallied his third-consecutive seven-point game, courtesy of five goals and two assists, while tying another RMU record in the process. Moore's final score, which occurred with 2:47 remaining in the second quarter, allowed him to tie the Robert Morris single-season goals record of 41 that his classmate, Corbyn Tao-Brambleby (Coquitlam, British Columbia / Western Reserve Academy), set last season.

Moore, who led the nation in goals per game entering the week, moved his Colonial career-record goal total to 125 with his third straight game with at least five goals. He also moved into fourth place in single-season school history with 51 points and now owns three of the top five marks all-time in that category.

The Colonials' goal total was the highest ever in a home game and also the most scored in any game within league play in program history.

Sophomore Jake Hayes (Calgary, Alberta / Central Memorial) helped Moore on the offensive end by registering his third-consecutive hat trick on the strength of a career-high four goals. Hayes, who has scored at least once in the last six games he's played, also broke the RMU single-season record for man-up goals with his tally in the final minutes of the opening quarter.

After a scoreless opening five minutes, RMU seemed to quickly develop a groove as the offense started to click by putting up seven-consecutive scores. Moore netted three of the first five goals and had collected his 19th-career hat trick fewer than nine minutes into the game.

Junior Kyle Buchanan (Nepean, Ontario / John McCrae), sophomore Tyler Digby (Westminster, British Columbia / New Westminster), junior captain Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario / Saltfleet) and Tao-Brambleby each recorded a single goal in addition to Moore's scores to blow the game open.

Wagner got on the board with 3:17 remaining in the first, but the Colonials made sure the Seahawks would entertain few thoughts of a comeback as RMU responded with another blitzing surge, running off eight consecutive scores to open up a 14-goal advantage. Hayes scored three times during the run while Moore and redshirt senior captain Patrick Smith (Westminster, Md. / Westminster) put home two apiece.

Both teams would find the net once more before halftime to give RMU a 16-2 lead heading into the intermission.

The second half was more balanced as Robert Morris opened its bench with 40 Colonials seeing action in total. However, RMU was never threatened the rest of the way as it kept the margin over the Seahawks at double digits throughout the remainder of the game.

Tao-Brambleby tied his season high with five points and also notched his third hat trick of the season. He and Moore remain tied for the program record in hat tricks as both now have 19.

Moore' performance marked the 11th occasion in school history in which a player has tallied at least seven points in a contest with Moore having achieved the feat a record five times. In becoming the first player in program history to hit the 60-assist mark Saturday, he also extended his consecutive point streak to 42 games and has now registered multiple points in 13 straight contests.

Smith picked up his eighth multi-goal game of the season and also now has two separate streaks of four consecutive multi-point games in 2011 after he tallied his seventh game this season with at least three points Saturday.

Buchanan and Matisz both grabbed their fourth game this season with at least three points as the former had his fourth multi-assist game of 2011 while the latter notched his second-consecutive multi-goal game.

Digby finished with two goals and an assist to record his first-career multi-goal game and the second with at least three points while senior Keith Lee (Hudson, Ohio / Western Reserve Academy) put home two scores to collect his first multi-goal game of the year. Lee also became the eighth player in program history to hit the 40-goal mark for his career Saturday.

A pair of younger Colonials both recorded their first-career goals Saturday as sophomore Zachary Uhler (Bradfordwoods, Pa. / North Allegheny) and freshman Anthony Bianchi (Rochester, N.Y. / Aquinas Institute) both put home second-half scores. Uhler's doubled as his first-career point while Bianchi's came just one game after he assisted on a goal for the first point of his collegiate career.

Junior Mike Grosz (St. Louis, Mo. / Parkway West) won 10 of the 12 faceoffs he took on the afternoon, tying his best-ever percentage when contesting at least five at the 'X'. Grosz moved into third place in single-season school history with 53 ground balls and is just two shy of tying the program record.

Freshman Brian Bohn (Mars, Pa. / Seneca Valley) stopped a season-best seven shots after coming off the bench while redshirt sophomore Charles Ruppert (Long Island, N.Y. / Massapequa) saved five of the six shots he faced that were on cage.

Redshirt sophomore Dave Brous (Philadelphia, Pa. / Neshaminy) tallied a career-high and game-high five ground balls to aid the Colonial cause.

Robert Morris returns to action next Saturday, April 23, as it closes its regular-season road schedule with a trip to Bryant for a critical NEC matchup. The first faceoff is set for 1:00 p.m. in Smithfield, R.I.


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