Offense Kicks into Gear as Colonials Down Hobart

Moon Township, Pa. Redshirt senior attackman Dave Morton (Orangeville, Ontario/Hill School) tallied a season-best five goals to lead an offensive outbreak for Robert Morris, as the Colonials defeated Hobart, 16-12, on a cloudy and cold Sunday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium.

RMU, who beat Hobart on St. Patrick's Day for the second straight season, had one of its top performances to date in 2013 as the Colonials set season highs in goals, assists (nine), shots (49), grounds balls (43) and faceoffs won (18). In addition to having statistical advantages over the Statesmen in the latter three categories, Robert Morris also had a better clear percentage than Hobart, committed fewer turnovers and went 4 for 4 on extra-man opportunities while holding the Statesmen to a 2 for 5 mark.

Morton's quintet of scores ties the team season high and marks his second-career outing with at least five goals. Morton, who notched his fifth-career effort with at least five points, also tied the single-game school record with three man-up goals, a mark that was previously shared by his current teammate, Jake Hayes (Calgary, Alberta/Central Memorial), and his current assistant coach, Carlo Sunseri.

With his big day, Morton jumped into eighth in career points at RMU and seventh in career goals. Morton, who now has scored multiple goals in 13 of his past 15 games, contributed his 19th career multi-point game and his 15th career multi-goal performance.

While Morton was busy finding the net, true freshman attackman Luke Laszkiewicz (Oshawa, Ontario/Westminster Prep) spent a large chunk of his day setting up his teammates. Laszkiewicz notched a team season-high four assists and also added a goal to tally a season high five points. In doing so, Laszkiewicz becomes the 10th Colonial in program history to post at least four assists in a single game. Laszkiewicz, who assisted on three of Morton's goals, tallied his third game with at least three points in the team's first seven contests.

True freshman midfielder Nicholas Beaudoin (Welland, Ontario/Notre Dame College) had his best performance to date in a RMU uniform by making contributions in multiple areas. Beaudoin won 18 of 31 faceoffs he took on the day and scooped up eight ground balls. However, he also made his mark on the offensive end as he notched two goals and an assist to tally the first three points of his career. Beaudoin also becomes just the third Colonial ever to win at least 18 faceoffs in a single game.

Hayes notched his fourth hat trick in the team's past five games Sunday against Hobart, marking the second straight season in which he has scored at least three times against the Statesmen. With his effort, Hayes extended his career long point streak to 22 games and moved his goal streak and multi-point streaks to 14 games each. The effort was Hayes' 27th career multi-point game, his 22nd multi-goal effort and his 16th career hat trick.

The game was tight in the early going as eight even-strength goals were split evenly among the teams in the opening half to send the squads headed into intermission knotted, 4-4.

After each team scored twice in the opening 6:02 of the third quarter, RMU blew the game open with a big run.

Robert Morris scored five straight goals in just 4:39 to claim an 11-6 lead, a margin which RMU would hold at the end of the third quarter. The run was started when Beaudoin scored right off a faceoff win and featured goals by five distinct Colonials.

Hobart would try to start a comeback by scoring twice within the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to cut the margin to three, but that would be as close as the Statesmen would get. RMU responded with back-to-back goals to push the lead back to five and was not in serious danger of losing the lead in the game's final minutes.

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2013-03-17



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