Robert Morris Offense in High Gear vs. Quinnipiac

Moon Township, Pa. April 21, 2012 Junior Jake Hayes (Calgary, Alberta/Central Memorial) led a prolific offensive attack by breaking the single-game school record for points as Robert Morris University blasted visiting Quinnipiac, 25-9, in a Northeast Conference (NEC) affair Saturday afternoon at a chilly and rainy Joe Walton Stadium.

With the victory, its first over the Bobcats, RMU tied its program record for wins (10) that it set during the 2010 season.

Hayes ventured into uncharted waters as he became the first Colonial in program history to supply nine points in a single contest. Hayes, who had tied the school record earlier this season with eight points against Air Force, achieved the feat on the strength of five goals and a career-high four assists. He moved into third place in single-season goals at RMU (37) and into sixth in single-season points (52) as he posted at least five goals for the second time this season. Hayes' 11th career hat trick was also his fifth straight multi-goal game and his 10th such effort in 13 games this season.

Hayes' performance helped the Colonials post their second-highest goal total in program history as they tallied at least 25 goals in a game for the second-consecutive year. Entering the week, no Division I team had notched 25 goals in a game in 2012. Robert Morris also broke its single-game record for points as a team (44), topping a mark it set three weeks ago, and tied its best single-game assist total in school history as its 19 helpers also matched the effort it put forth March 31, 2012.

While Hayes broke the record, he was far from the only Colonial to tally gaudy offensive statistics. Both senior Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario/Saltfleet) and redshirt junior Dave Morton (Orangeville, Ontario/Hill School) tied the former single-game points record.

Matisz tallied a career-best eight points and tied RMU's single-game assist record by posting five helpers. He became the sixth distinct Colonial to hit eight points in a contest and just the third RMU student-athlete to register a quintet of assists in a single game. Matisz moved into third place in single-season points (56), and is now just five away from matching the top mark, rose into a tie for sixth in single-season goals (34) and slid into second in single-season assists (22). His 13th career hat trick gave him his 11th straight multi-point game and extended his overall point streak to 19. Matisz tallied at least three points for the 16th time in the past 18 games while notching his 39th career multi-point game and 24th career multi-goal outing.

Morton, the reigning NEC Offensive Player of the Week, tied his career high of eight points that he set three weeks ago as he tallied a career-best six goals and two assists. He became the sixth distinct Colonial to score a half-dozen goals in a game, and his effort made him the third different Colonial this season to pull that trick, a new school record. Morton's day moved him into the top 10 in career points (63) and also into a tie for seventh in single-season assists with 18. He now has 26 points in RMU's four league games and has six straight multi-goal games overall. Morton's sixth career hat trick also helped him extend his career-long point streak to 12 games.

Entering the 2012 season, Robert Morris had only had three eight-point efforts in its history, but the Colonials matched that feat in just 60 minutes Saturday.

Senior Mike Grosz (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway West) broke his own single-season school record for ground balls, finishing the day with 95, as went 15 of 25 on faceoffs for the day and collected 14 GB. Grosz's 14 ground balls were the second-highest single-game total in school history, behind only a mark he set earlier this season,

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