Robert Morris Rallies, Then Holds on to Upend No. 20 Bryant

Seven seconds later, junior Tewaaraton Award nominee Mason Poli (Downingtown, Pa.) took a pass from Massa off the faceoff to net his 18th goal of the season. He would follow up with his 19th tally three minutes later for a 7-5 advantage.

Five minutes later, Zomerfeld was the beneficiary of a heads-up pass across the crease from Weisenberg that paid off, allowing the sophomore an open look at the goal to give Bryant a three-score, 8-5 advantage with 2:33 to play before the break.

"I was very pleased with our response in the second to take the game over," said Pressler. "That was the story of the entire game it was a game of runs."

Robert Morris would finally break through 11 seconds later, but the Bulldogs would head into the intermission with an 8-6 lead.

But in the third, the Colonials wasted no time closing their gap, getting a Mike Grosz unassisted goal off the opening faceoff just six seconds into the frame. Teddy Finnegan evened the score at 8-8 with 9:19 remaining, and Robert Morris would regain the lead less than 90 seconds later off a Kevin Brownell tally, 9-8.

Isdaner retied the scoreboard at 9-9 with 4:34 to play on a man-up tally, Bryant's second of the afternoon, but Brownell and Morton would give Robert Morris the final say with the last two tallies of the third session.

"We knew this was a game that, for us, very well could come down to winning one or two faceoffs down the stretch when it matter most," said Pressler, "and for Kevin Massa, it was a battle today. These past couple games he has faced the best competition all year."

Entering the fourth down, 11-9, the Bulldogs received an unassisted goal from Harrington off a sharp-angle shot from the right side to bring the visitors back within one just 60 seconds into the final quarter. Dunster tied the game for the final time at 11-11 as the clock ticked under eight minutes to go to set up the final push, but the Colonials would use that stretch to win the contest and home-field advantage for the NEC Tournament.

Massa went 14 of 29 on the day from the faceoff X with five ground balls, while junior defenseman Glenn Maiorano (Easton, Conn.) led the team with seven ground balls and Love picked up another six. Grosz gobbled up 12 ground balls for the home side, putting the Colonials out in front in the category, 39-35. Love made 14 saves for the Black and Gold, including five in the second frame.

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2012-04-28



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