Robert Morris Goes for 20 Against Howard
from press release
Washington, D.C. – The Robert Morris University women's lacrosse team hit the road for the first time in the 2013 season at the Colonials traveled to the nation's capital to take on Howard in a Sunday afternoon contest. A fourteen-goal first half would propel RMU to its second victory of the season as the Colonials triumphed over the Bison, 20-7.
After allowing the first goal of the contest just 2:30 in to the first half, Robert Morris would respond with six consecutive goals in the span of 3:19. Getting on the scoreboard first for the Colonials was freshman Corey Karwacki (Sparks, Md. / Hereford) with the first of her four goals in the game. Just ten seconds after Karwacki tied the game, Jessica Rutherford (Pylesville, Md. / North Harford) would give Robert Morris the lead that would not be relinquished the rest of the game. Freshman Emily Jamison (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Hills) would add to the lead before Karwacki picked up her second goal of the game. Before the contest was five minutes old, the Colonials held a 4-1 lead over Howard. Emily VanDyne (Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas) picked up her first goal of the game before Karwacki netted her first career hat trick to make the score 6-1.
The pace of the game would slow down as over eight minutes would tick off the clock before the next goal as the Bison netted their second tally of the contest with fifteen minutes remaining in the first half. For the second time in the game, Robert Morris would pick up six consecutive goals to answer the Howard goal.
Jamison picked up her second goal of the half before Rhyan Bofinger (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown West) netted the first of her three goals in the half. Up 8-2, Brittany Byerly (Wexford, Pa. / Pine-Richland) would add to the lead for Robert Morris before Kristin Yoviene (Easton, Md. / Saints Peter and Paul) would pick up the Colonials' tenth goal of the half. Jamison would become the second Colonial to record a hat trick in the first half as her third goal would make the score 11-2. Bofinger would then add her second goal before Howard would stop the Robert Morris scoring run with their third goal to make the score 12-3 with less than three minutes remaining in the half.
Two more goals by the Colonials, Rutherford's second of the game and Bofinger's third, would make the score 14-3 at the end of the first half. Both of the goals came in the final minute of play in the half as Bofinger became the third Colonial to net a hat trick with just three seconds remaining in the half.
Coming out to start the second half, Robert Morris would continue the offensive onslaught by collecting the first four goals of the half to build a commanding 18-3 lead. Rutherford would be the next Colonial to record a hat trick as she picked up the first goal of the half. Karwacki would then proceed to net her fourth goal of the game before junior Lauren Roberts (Baldwinsville, N.Y. / C.W. Baker) would join the score sheet with her first of the season. VanDyne would pick up her second goal of the game with eleven minutes remaining in the half before Howard would score its first goal of the second half.
The Bison would net four consecutive goals over the span of seven minutes to make the score 18-7 before the Colonials picked up two more tallies. Byerly scored her second goal of the game and VanDyne became the fifth Colonial to record a hat trick with 82 seconds as she picked up the 20th goal for Robert Morris.
Making the start for Robert Morris in the cage was junior Kaitlin Pentz (Sykesville, Md. / Century). Pentz would make three saves while allowing the seven goals to the Bison. Karwacki would lead Robert Morris with her four goals and six points while VanDyne added two assists to her three goals for five points in the game.
The Colonials will take to the road again next weekend as the squad travels north to take on Niagara. The two teams will face off on Saturday with the game scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.