Robert Morris Falls in Tightly Contested Battle at Quinnipiac

Hamden, Conn. - Robert Morris hit the road for its final games of the regular season as the Colonials took on Quinnipiac in a Friday afternoon contest. In a tightly contested game, RMU and the Bobcats traded blows for 60 minutes before the Colonials were on the short end of a 16-15 score and suffered a critical setback in their hopes to make the playoffs.

Coming in to the game, Jessica Karwacki (Sparks, Md./Hereford) was just five draw controls away from setting a new NCAA record. Leading the NCAA with an average of 9.07 draw controls per game coming in to the contest, the freshman would proceed to gain possession on 25 draw controls in the game. In fifteen games for Robert Morris this season, Karwacki has recorded 152 draw controls.

Despite the decisive advantage in draw controls, 25-7, and an advantage in shots on goal, 28-27, the Colonials would never hold a lead in the contest as they fell behind early as Quinnipiac scored seven of the first eight goals in the contest. Down 2-0 almost five minutes in to the game, sophomore Kirstin Yoviene (Easton, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) would score the first goal for the Colonials before the Bobcats sprinted out to a 7-1 lead with less than thirteen minutes remaining in the first half.

Down six goals, RMU would rally back within a goal as the Colonials put up five consecutive goals in a span of five minutes. Four different Colonials would have a hand in the scoring run that started with freshman Emily Jamison (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) picking up the first of her two goals in the afternoon.

Yoviene would follow up Jamison's goal with her second of the contest before Jessica Rutherford (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) put her name on the score sheet for the first time in the game. The scoring run would be closed out by freshman Brittany Byerly (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) who found the back of the net two times in a span of forty seconds to make the score 7-6 with seven minutes remaining in the first half.

The Colonials would enter the intermission down a goal as each team picked up one more tally before the end of the first half. Quinnipiac would regain its two-goal advantage before junior Talia Waskowicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) would make the score 8-7 with the final goal of the half as there were two minutes remaining in the half.

Coming out of the break, the Bobcats would stretch their lead to four goals as they picked up the first three goals of the second half before Byerly recorded her fourth hat trick of the season to make the score 11-8. A Quinnipiac goal increased the deficit to four goals before the Colonials responded with two goals to creep closer to the Bobcats.

Lauren Roberts (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) picked up her only goal of the contest before Rutherford scored the tenth goal of the game for the Colonials to bring the squad within two goals as the score was 12-10 with twenty minutes remaining.

Not to be outdone, Quinnipiac would respond with four of the next five goals to further extend its lead. After two goals by the Bobcats, Byerly picked up her fourth goal for the second consecutive game. Quinnipiac would then put two more goals on the board as its lead was five goals, 16-11, with eight minutes remaining.

In the final eight minutes, Robert Morris would go all out to keep its hopes alive for the postseason. In a span of 42 seconds, the Colonials would cut their deficit to two goals as the squad put up three consecutive goals.

Less than 20 seconds after the goal by the Bobcats, Karwacki would respond with her only goal of the contest. Karwacki's goal was followed up by a goal from MacKenzie Lawler (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) just eighteen seconds later. The quick burst was capped off by Jamison's second goal of the contest as the score was 16-14 with seven minutes remaining.

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