Roger Williams Drops Tough Decision to Trinity

BRISTOL, R.I. - Despite jumping out to an early lead, a scoreless fourth consigned Roger Williams University to a 7-9 loss to #13-ranked Trinity College Tuesday afternoon.

The loss sends the Hawks to 8-8, while the victory leaves the Bantams at 11-2. For the Hawks, it marks the third time this season that the team fell two goals short against a nationally-ranked opponent.

It didn't take long for the Hawks' offensive potency to show, as Drew Beck (South Salem, N.Y.) tickled the twine with just 27 seconds gone. Trinity's threat wasn't quelled for long, however, as Nick Sheehan (Williamsburg, Mass.) tied things up with a high blast past RWU goalkeeper Tyler Roebuck (Montgomery, N.Y.) 1:55 later. Rob Nogueras (Parkland, Fla.) had a nice bid for the Bantams which clattered against the near post, keeping the game deadlocked at one-all.

However, Trinity would get their first lead of the game with 4:48 left in the quarter, as Greg Brennan (East Setauket, N.Y.) got his first of the game.

The Hawks weren't to be deterred, however, and their pressure paid off when Dan Klink (Nashua, N.H.) scored with just 1:48 left in the quarter. Despite a telling bid from Beck at the horn, the first quarter ended deadlocked at two goals apiece.

Roger Williams came flying out of the traps in the second quarter, but Bantams netminder Dominic Piselli (Rockville Center, N.Y.) did well to deny the home attackers on several occasions.

On the Hawks' next goal, Beck fed fellow namesake Drew Smith (Bayport, N.Y.) to cap off a quick counterattack and give RWU the lead again. Forty-one seconds later, Smith fed Logan Roebuck (Montgomery, N.Y.) to double the home team's advantage. Roebuck grabbed another one just over a minute later, making it 5-2 to RWU.

Jeff Rautiola (Acton, Mass.) had an excellent open-net bid to bring the Bantams within two, but he contrived to send his shot wide, much to the chagrin of the visitors. However, Jeff Hebert (Cornwall, Ontario) redeemed his team's miss just under a minute later, beating Roebuck with a high shot to make it 5-3.

Brennan then found the net with 4:27 left in the half, getting his second of the game and Trinity's fourth. Rautiola would grab a huge goal with only ten seconds left in the half, drawing his team level at 5-5. That would be the score-line the half would end with, the difference between the teams having been nullified in dramatic fashion.

The second half would prove to be even more palpitating. Having won the opening faceoff, the Hawks scored just six seconds in, as Smith buried his shot from close range. Nogueras took advantage of a defensive miscue just a minute later, tying it 6-6.

With temerity between the two teams growing progressively more evident, Logan Roebuck scored the third goal in as many minutes. Trinity, however, upped the ante and scored through Steve Manning (Tyngsboro, Mass.). Klink had a good bid from distance as time expired in the third quarter, but it wasn't enough to beat Piselli, as the third quarter ended with the same goal differential as the first two.

Ultimately, despite the Hawks' best efforts, it would be Trinity who would grab the victory, as Kevin Looby (Kansas City, Mo.) notched the eventual game winner at the 11:43 mark, while Shaheen added an insurance score with 1:37 left to play.

Piselli made 13 saves in the win, while Roebuck stopped 19 in the setback.

Roger Williams will await to find out its opponent in the upcoming Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament on Saturday, while Trinity takes on Amherst next on Friday.


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