Lewis Tops Record, but Robert Morris Can't Match St. John's

Malvern, Pa. March 23, 2013 Robert Morris fell behind early and could not recover as the Colonials dropped a 17-11 decision to St. John's in their non-conference finale Saturday afternoon at a breezy Malvern Preparatory High School field.

Despite the setback, one Colonial had a memorable day as senior defenseman Ben Lewis (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia Central) tallied four caused turnovers to rewrite the RMU record book. With his four CT, Lewis broke the Robert Morris career record in that category and simultaneously becomes the first Colonial to post at least 50 caused turnovers in a career. Lewis surpassed Mike Meagher, who had reset the record during the 2012 season.

Lewis' performance was part of a larger team effort that saw RMU register 13 caused turnovers on the day, marking the fifth time in eight games this season that RMU has hit double figures in caused turnovers.

Robert Morris was in front of St. John's in multiple statistical categories, including having advantages in shots and shots on goal while also committing fewer turnovers.

Senior Tyler Digby (Westminster, British Columbia/New Westminster) was one of the top performers on the day for RMU as he continued one of the best offensive stretches of his career against the Red Storm. Digby notched a career-high five points on the strength of three goals and two assists. It was Digby's second hat trick in the past three games, and he now has 12 points in his last three times out. The effort marked the 15th multi-point game of Digby's career and the sixth multi-goal affair.

Senior Jake Hayes (Calgary, Alberta/Central Memorial) continued his significant offensive streaks with another consistent effort for RMU. Hayes put home two goals and added an assist to extend his career long point streak to 23 games. He moved his goal streak and multi-point streak to 15 games each. With Saturday's effort, Hayes posted his 28th multi-point game and his 23rd multi-goal outing.

True freshman attackman Luke Laszkiewicz (Oshawa, Ontario/Westminster Prep) joined Hayes in providing the RMU offense with a pair of goals. In doing so, Laszkiewicz tallied his third multi-goal game of the season and his fourth multi-point contest.

After each team scored twice within the game's first 90 seconds, St. John's would open things up by scoring four consecutive times in a 6:50 span to open up a four-goal edge.

RMU tried to fight back with three of the next five goals, but the Red Storm would find the net in the final 30 seconds of the first half to reestablish its four-goal lead, 8-4, at intermission.

St. John's came storming out of the gates in the second half, scoring four consecutive tallies in fewer than six minutes to take a firm grasp on the proceedings. Robert Morris would be unable to get the deficit under four goals for the remainder of the contest.

Redshirt senior attackman Dave Morton (Orangeville, Ontario/Hill School) had one goal and one assist to notch his sixth multi-point game of the season and the 20th of his career.

True freshman midfielder Eric Rankel (Philadelphia, Pa./Downingtown West) scored in the second quarter and has now tickled the twine in seven of his first eight collegiate games.

Redshirt junior midfielder Taylor Graves (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad) provided an assist to be one of two Colonials that has at least one point in each of the first eight games of 2013.

Junior defenseman Sean Meagher (Chesterfield, Mo./St. Louis University) continued to cause problems for opposing offenses as he had three caused turnovers and also scooped up four ground balls. Meagher, who moved into seventh in career caused turnovers, now has 17 CT this season, which places him in a tie for fifth place in single-season caused turnovers at RMU.

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