Robert Morris Outgunned by Crosstown-Rival Duquesne

Pittsburgh, Pa. April 3, 2010 The Robert Morris University Colonials battled cross-town rival Duquesne on Saturday afternoon and fell in a close contest, 17-14. The loss brings the Colonials to 5-6 overall, while Duquesne improves to 6-7 overall.

The Colonials kept the contest tight throughout the first 20 minutes of play and held the lead three times for a total of five minutes. However, the Dukes were able to pull away with six goals late in the half and Robert Morris was never able to recover the lead.

For the second straight game, senior Alana Beck (Carle Place, N.Y./Old Dominion) led the Colonials in scoring, as she totaled five goals and two assists for a seven point performance, while Senior Ali Gibbons (Candia, N.H./Machester) captured a career-high six points with four goals and two helpers.

The Dukes started things off when Katie Rekart scored her first of six goals within 1:24 of the opening draw off an assist from Meghan Frederick. The Colonials quickly answered with back-to-back goals by sophomore Colleen O'Donnell (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's Academy) and Gibbons at 3:41 and 4:00 to take a one goal lead, 2-1.

Duquesne was able to deadlock the game for the second time when Kathleen McNish got the ball past RMU goalie Erica Webb (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) at 6:45. The two squads continued to swap points until the score was knotted at 4-4 with 16:48 left to play, marking it the fourth time the score was tied.

The Dukes were able to break through after Sarah Cates goal with 16:48 left to play and scored four more times to give them their biggest lead of the half at 8-4 with three of the four goals coming from free position shots. The Colonials were able to get back into a rhythm when freshman Tara Southworth (Westminster, Md./Westminster High) found a pass from Beck and rifled a shot into Duquesne's net to cut the Dukes lead to three. However, Duquesne scored the final goal of the half with 3:20 left on the clock to give them an 8-4 advantage heading into the second half.

Robert Morris quickly attempted to lessen Duquesne's lead when junior Ashley Trombetta (Sykesville, Md./Century) scored an unassisted goal 30 seconds into the half. Her goal was answered with three Duquesne goals, bringing the score to 12-6.

O'Donnell cut the lead to just five by scoring her second goal of the day at 11:33. The Dukes stormed back and scored another two goals, but Gibbons came to the rescue for Robert Morris and tallied two scores within 10 seconds to set the score at 14-9. Once again, the Colonials and the Dukes traded two goals apiece, which was followed with Rekart's sixth score of the contest with 9:07 left to play.

In a final attempt to overtake the Dukes, Beck scored three consecutive goals within the final 3:35 to play, but the Dukes where able to hold on to win 17-14.

Webb captured 12 saves in the loss, while the Duquesne duo of Sara Beckstead and Liz Walker combined for 11 saves. The Dukes converted on 6-of13 free position shots, while the Colonials were successful on two-of three opportunities.

Robert Morris returns to action Friday, April 9 when they take on NEC foe Quinnipiac at 12:30 p.m. at Joe Walton Stadium.

2010-04-03



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