Robert Morris Topples the Titans

Junior long-stick midfielder Tyler Rankel (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) had a strong all-around day as he notched his second-career goal, and first of the season. He also scooped up a career-best five ground balls and tied his career high with three caused turnovers. Rankel moved into the career top 10 in caused turnovers (25) with his performance Saturday and also tallied points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

RMU notched 15 caused turnovers for the second straight week, which reset the program record for most caused turnovers by the Colonials in back-to-back games. Robert Morris has also forced its opponents into 68 turnovers thus far on the year, the most RMU has ever forced from its opponents in the first three games of a season.

Hayes became the first Colonial in program history to put home three man-down goals in a career.

Robert Morris had advantages in most statistical categories, including shots, shots on goal, ground balls, clearing percentage and extra-man opportunity percentage while also having fewer turnovers.

The win improved RMU to 4-0 all-time against Detroit and gives the Colonials their eighth straight victory over teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Robert Morris has trailed for just 9:13 combined in its first three games this season.

RMU will look to continue its winning ways next week as it hosts Drexel, a team garnering votes in both national polls. The Colonials will meet the Dragons Saturday, March 2, at 1:00 p.m.

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MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (2/23/2013) -- Despite a pair of goals from juniors Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, Ont./Denis Morris) and Alex Maini (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook), Detroit could not get the offense going as the Titans dropped a 9-5 contest at Robert Morris on Saturday afternoon.

Maini also added an assist and sophomore Brandon Beauregard (Clarkston, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) had a goal and a helper. Senior Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, Ont./Holy Cross) tied his career high for the fifth time with six caused turnovers and had six ground balls, while senior A.J. Levell (Columbus, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) made 10 saves and picked up a team-high seven GB's.

The Titans (0-3) got on the board first as recently named Tewaaraton Award watch list member Adams took a pass from Maini and fired one past the goalie nearly six minutes into the game.

UDM held the lead for the next four minutes, but Robert Morris (2-1) then got into an offensive grove with five-straight goals to take a 5-1 advantage with 3:33 left in the first half. The Titans would cut into that as senior Tyler Corcoran (South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon) won a faceoff and after freshman Andy Hebden's (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) shot hit the post, Beauregard followed with his second marker of the year at the 2:34 mark.

The Colonials though would get that back scoring with 52 seconds left and taking a 6-2 lead into the break.

Detroit came out firing in the second half and after senior John Dwyer (Novi, Mich./Catholic Central) forced a turnover, Maini was able to inch the red, white and blue closer at 6-3 with 12:26 to play in the third. RMU once again regained a four-goal lead and then took an 8-3 advantage early in the fourth before Beauregard fed Adams for a goal with 7:39 remaining in the contest. The teams then traded goals in the final six minutes as Maini notched his 15th career multi-goal game.

Corcoran won 6 of 8 faceoffs on the day and had two ground balls, while redshirt freshman Damien Hicks (Copiague, N.Y./Copiague) was 3 for 5 with a GB. Dwyer and senior Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) each ended with a caused turnover and three ground balls and junior Nick Garippa (Rochester Hills, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) had a pair of caused TO's and GB's.

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