Robert Morris Cruises Past Bellarmine

Moon Township, Pa. March 19, 2011 Six different Colonials had multi-goal games as Robert Morris University used an 8-2 run spanning the entire third quarter to cruise to an 18-10 victory over Bellarmine Saturday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium.

The Colonials' 18 scores are a season high and ties the third-highest total at home in program history. RMU fired 57 shots towards the Knights' net, tied for the second-most all-time and tied for the highest figure ever at home, matching the output from its most recent home game, Feb. 26 against Manhattan.

Senior Corbyn Tao-Brambleby (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Western Reserve Academy) put home a season-high four goals (on just five shots) to collect his second-consecutive hat trick and his third-consecutive multi-goal game. Just one game after classmate Trevor Moore (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia/Western Reserve Academy) became the first-ever RMU student-athlete to score 100 career goals, Tao-Brambleby followed suit as his goal with 5:52 remaining in the third quarter allowed him to reach the century mark.

Junior Kyle Buchanan (Nepean, Ontario/John McCrae), the reigning Northeast Conference (NEC) Co-Player of the Week, collected two goals and two assists to record his third consecutive game with at least four points, a career best. He also moved into sole possession of second place on RMU's all-time assist list with 42 and became the seventh Colonial to reach 70 points in his career.

Junior Kevin Brownell (Burlington, Ontario/Central) was the third Colonial to collect a four-point game as his two goals and two assists allowed him to tie his career high in points for the second consecutive game.

For as high scoring as the contest proved to be, the first quarter certainly did not give any indication. Buchanan scored the lone goal of the entire quarter for either team with 7:50 remaining immediately following a successful clear attempt. RMU doubled up the Knights in shots in the opening quarter, 14-7, but could not add to its lead.

After Bellarmine tied the game in the opening two minutes of the second, RMU reeled off four straight scores, including two by Brownell, in under six minutes to open up a four-goal edge. The Knights responded with a pair of scores and appeared to be headed into the intermission down just two, but Buchanan found redshirt senior captain Patrick Smith (Westminster, Md./Westminster) who found the twine with just five seconds remaining to give Robert Morris a 6-3 halftime cushion.

The squads traded goals during the first six minutes of the third quarter, and RMU still led by three, 7-4, once the midpoint of the period had passed.

The Colonials suddenly caught fire and proceeded to go on a scoring rampage as RMU found the net four times in a span of 2:42 to push its lead to a commanding 11-4 advantage.

Bellarmine scored once in an attempt to stop the bleeding, but Robert Morris continued its offensive onslaught as it tallied the final score of the third and two quick ones within the first 2:02 of the fourth to open up a 14-5 lead, a comfy cushion that carried the Colonials to victory.

Robert Morris had a dominating advantage in the ground ball department as RMU tallied 45 to the Knights' 28. The Colonials also tied their season low with a mere eight turnovers while Bellarmine was charged with 17.

Moore put home two goals and an assist and has recorded at least three points in every game this season and has reached that figure in 22 of his last 24 overall. He has registered a multi-goal game in six of RMU's seven affairs this season and also fired eight shots on goal, tying his career high and setting the team season high.

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