Colonials Pick Up Seventh-Straight over Red Flash

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa./Mar. 31, 2012 Talia Waskowicz tied the Robert Morris single-game record with seven goals as the Colonials picked up their seventh-straight win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday, taking down the Red Flash 18-13 at Joe Walton Stadium.

"We did a great job today of playing our game and our style - using our speed to generate scoring opportunities," Robert Morris Head Coach Katy Phillips said. "It was a good team effort, and now we have an opportunity to build some momentum for the rest of the NEC season."

Robert Morris (4-7 overall, 2-1 NEC) never trailed in the contest and benefited from two goals from Waskowicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) and Colleen O'Donnell (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's Academy) in the game's first minute. MacKenzie Lawler (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) would add a pair of goals to build a 4-0 lead for the Colonials before St. Francis (Pa.) would rally with three-straight goals.

After the Red Flash cut the deficit to one, the Colonials would fire right back with five-unanswered goals two from Waskowicz, two from Kristin Yoviene (Easton, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) and one from two-time defending NEC Rookie of the Week Erin Mossop (Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland). Waskowicz and Jessica Rutherford (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) would each add two goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half as the Colonials went into halftime up 13-6.

St. Francis (Pa.) (2-9, 0-3 NEC) would pressure the Colonials in the second half, outscoring the hosts 7-5 in the final stanza. But Robert Morris' offense was too much to overcome. Courtney Sicinski (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) added a pair of goals in the second half while Stefany Gale (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) would add her first career goal at 13:27 of the second.

After netting five goals in the first half, Waskowicz would add two more in the second including the game's final goal with one second left on the clock to tie Alana Beck for the RMU single-game goal record, originally set on April 18, 2010. Waskowicz also added an assist in the win to end the game with eight points tying for the third most ever in a Robert Morris game. The sophomore leads Robert Morris with 29 points and 26 goals this season.

O'Donnell, who entered the game ranked ninth in the nation with 2.10 caused turnovers per game and fifth with 21 total, led the Colonials with six caused turnovers in the win. Kaitlin Pentz (Sykesville, Md./Century) picked up the win for Robert Morris to improve to 4-7 for the year.

Robert Morris continues its current home stand with a 3:00 p.m. NEC contest against Sacred Heart on Thursday.


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