Robert Morris Rallies to Stun Siena in Overtime

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. Four days ago Siena overcame a 7-2 second half deficit to win in overtime at Hartford. On Wednesday the favor was returned, as Robert Morris rallied from an identical 7-2 second half deficit to spoil Siena's home opener, 10-9 in overtime.

Robert Morris (2-3), which won just five of 23 faceoffs all day long, captured the opening draw of overtime. Alexander Bohl raced down the right side and fired home the decisive tally to win it for the Colonials just 14 seconds into the extra session.

Siena (3-3) led 6-2 at the half and ultimately scored five straight goals to build a 7-2 lead with 13:11 remaining in the third quarter. Red-shirt junior captain Richie Hurley assisted on all five goals during the run and finished with a career-high seven helpers.

But Robert Morris would score the next six goals, taking an 8-7 lead on Eric Rankel's goal with 5:13 left in regulation. Freshman attack Jordan Barlow tied it up for the Saints with 2:48 left, but the Colonials won the ensuing faceoff and Rankel scored again to put Robert Morris back on top 9-8 with 2:33 remaining.

Siena would answer as senior attackman Colin Clive netted his fourth goal of the game, finishing a feed from Hurley with 1:29 left to ultimately send the game into overtime.

Barlow added four points for the Saints scoring a hat trick and red-shirt sophomore goalie Tommy Cordts made 10 saves. Junior faceoff specialist Casey Dowd was dominant at the X, winning 18 of 23 faceoffs and tying a career-high with 14 groundballs to add to his national leading total.

Rankel finished with a hat trick and a team-high five points and six groundballs for Robert Morris. Luke Laskiewicz added three goals and an assist and Brian Bohn made 11 saves for the Colonials.

The Saints continue their four-game homestand Saturday when they host Marist in the MAAC opener at 1:00 p.m.

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Loudonville, N.Y. March 12, 2014 Robert Morris freshman Alexander Bohl (Vancouver, British Columbia/Hill Academy) found the back of the net 14 seconds into overtime for the first goal of his career, completing a five-goal second half comeback to give the Colonials a 10-9 win over Siena on a rainy afternoon today.

The five-goal comeback is the second of its kind for Robert Morris (2-3, 0-1 NEC) in its last six games. The Colonials came back from a 7-1 deficit midway through the second quarter to defeat Quinnipiac, 15-14, in the NEC Semifinals last season.

Sophomores Eric Rankel (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) and Luke Laszkiewicz (Oshawa, Ontario/Westminster Prep) each tallied hat tricks for the Colonials, while redshirt senior Taylor Graves (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad) added two goals.

RMU jumped on top early after Siena (3-3, 0-0 MAAC) picked up an illegal procedure penalty. With the man advantage, Rankel gathered a pass Graves and ripped a shot past Saints goaltender Tommy Cordts.

Siena answered with two goals to take its first lead, but the Colonials tied it up before the end of the frame with the first of Laszkiewicz's three goals. The sophomore picked up the groundball from his own blocked shot and made the most of the second chance.

That'd be last goal RMU would score for the next 24:19 as the Saints jumped out to a 7-2 lead behind four goals in the second quarter.

Graves ended the scoring drought with an unassisted tally from the top of the key, then Laszkiewicz brought the Colonials within three with a laser from the left side of the cage.

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