Pompa's Career Day Sparks MSM Past Robert Morris

"Ashley is continuing to prove why she should be a captain," said LaMonica. "She has been stepping up and being a finisher on offense for us all year."

Beck momentarily halted the Mountaineers run unassisted at 48:28, but Pompa scored unassisted to complete her five-goal performance at 49:27 and Certeza set up Johnson at 53:21 to hand Mount St. Mary's a 16-6 lead.

Gibbons scored unassisted with 39 seconds left, but the Mount came away with a 16-7 victory to improve to 2-1 in league play.

"Today was a great demonstration of us playing a full 60 minutes and that was our goal," said LaMonica. "It gives us huge momentum and we are looking for that to continue in our upcoming games."

Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) made four saves for Mount St. Mary's while Erica Webb turned away seven shots for Robert Morris.

Along with her goal, Rufolo registered four draw controls, while Salerno posted a marker, two ground balls and two caused turnovers in the win.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Thursday at Sacred Heart. Game time is 3:00 p.m.

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Emmitsburg, Md. - March 28, 2010 - Despite an aggressive showing by the Robert Morris University Colonials, Mount St. Mary's topped the Colonials 16-7 on Sunday afternoon. The loss marks RMU's second straight and brings their overall record to 4-5 and their league record to 2-2, while the Mount improves to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in the NEC.

The Colonials were led by Ali Gibbons (Candia, N.H./Machester), who tallied two goals and two ground balls in the defeat. Senior Alana Beck (Carle Place, N.Y./Old Dominion) and sophomore Courtney Sicinski (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) each added one goal and one assist in the contest, while sophomore Colleen O'Donnell (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's Academy) led RMU with three ground balls and added one goal. Junior Ashley Trombetta (Sykesville, Md./Century) led the defense with two caused turnovers and contributed one score.

Lucy Pompa paced the Mount with five goals and Ashley Johnson led the game with seven points, consisting of four goals and three assists. The Mount started off the game quickly by scoring three goals within the first 1:33 of play with two of the goals coming from the stick of Pompa. At the 3:26 mark O'Donnell answered for the Colonials by scoring an unassisted goal to set the score at 3-1.

For the next eight minutes both teams held each other scoreless, but with 18:36 left to play in the half the Mountaineers found the Colonial net twice within 30 seconds to increase their lead to 5-1. However, less than three minutes later Gibbons broke through the Mount's defense to score her 10th goal of the season and cut Mount St. Mary's lead to three.

The Mount responded again with a goal by Johnson at the 16:37 mark to take back the four goal lead. The game remained scoreless for nearly the next 10 minutes, but Pompa scored her third goal of the contest with 4:41 left to play to mark the Mount's seventh goal.

The Colonials ended the half on a good note with Lynette Gomez (Ocean, N.J./Ocean Township) scoring her sixth goal of the season off an assist from Sicinski to set the score at 7-3 heading into the second half.

Mount St. Mary's opened the second stanza with back-to-back free position goals, which was followed by an RMU goal by Sicinski at 6:34. The two squads traded goals once again, bringing the score to 10-5, but then the Mount pulled away by scoring four unanswered goals in the next five minutes.

The Colonials continued to fight and scored twice more before the end of regulation, however their scores were matched by two more Mount goals, giving the Mountaineers a 16-7 win.

RMU's Erica Webb (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) finished the contest with seven saves, while Mount goalie Brigid Mctavish added four saves.

The Colonials return home on Thursday, April 1 to take on Saint Francis (Pa.) at 12:30 p.m. at Joe Walton Stadium.

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