Sacred Heart Wins NEC Opener at Robert Morris

Moon Township, Pa. March 29, 2014 Robert Morris saw a two-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Sacred Heart, as the Colonials fell to the Pioneers this afternoon, 9-7.

Despite holding its fifth straight opponent to under 10 goals, Robert Morris (4-5, 1-3 NEC) couldn't generate enough offense to get past Sacred Heart (2-6, 1-0 NEC).

Sophomore Eric Rankel (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) lit up the scoreboard first with an unassisted tally less than three minutes into the contest. The Pioneers answered five minutes later, but redshirt senior Taylor Graves (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad) responded on the next face-off after gathering a pass from sophomore James Rahe (Aldergrove, British Columbia/W.J. Mouat).

Goals from freshman Cody Nass (Vancouver, British Columbia/Delta Secondary) and sophomore Luke Laszkiewicz (Oshawa, Ontario/Westminster Prep) extended the Colonials' lead to 4-1, but Sacred Heart came back with three tallies in the final 10 minutes of the half to tie the game.

The Pioneers took their first lead of the game with 13:07 left in the third quarter, but RMU received a second goal from Graves to knot it up at five.

Sacred Heart retook the lead with three unanswered goals. Despite fourth quarter tallies from freshman JonPatrik Kealey (Ottawa, Ontario/South Carleton) and Rankel, the Pioneers held on thanks to a goal with 1:17 remaining in regulation.

Senior Brian Bohn (Mars, Pa./Seneca Valley) made a career-high 16 saves in defeat, while his classmate Sean Meagher (Chesterfield, Mo./St. Louis University) caused five turnovers and collected five groundballs.

Robert Morris is back in action on Wednesday at No. 4 Maryland. The bout between the Colonials and Terrapins is set for a 5:00 p.m. start from Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

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MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. Led by two goals apiece from Cody Marquis (Londonderry, N.H.) and Brian Masi (Smithtown, N.Y.), Sacred Heart won its Northeast Conference opener at Robert Morris 9-7 at Joe Walton Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Alex Miller (Ridgewood, N.J.) also had two points on Saturday, recording a goal and an assist. Miller also had four ground balls. Joe Kemp (Troy, Mich.) won nine of his 17 faceoffs and had seven ground balls. Ryan Hughes (Bayport, N.Y.) made 14 saves in goal for his first win of the season.

Robert Morris (4-5, 1-3 NEC) got on the board early Saturday when Eric Rankel scored 2:16 into the game. Sacred Heart (2-6, 1-0 NEC) responded with Miller's 12th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1 with 7:49 to play in the opening quarter.

The Colonials took back the lead 34 seconds later as Taylor Graves fired home a James Rahe pass to give Robert Morris a 2-1 lead. The defenses then took over for the remainder of the quarter as Sacred Heart goalie Ryan Hughes (Bayport, N.Y.) and his counterpart Brian Bohn each made two saves to keep the score 2-1 heading into the second quarter.

The Colonials extended their lead to three early in the second quarter, as goals by Cody Nass and Luke Laskiewicz put Robert Morris ahead 4-1 with 10:36 remaining in the half. The Pioneers responded with a three-goal run to end the half. Masi opened the run with a goal at the 8:53 mark, assisted by Miller.

Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.) then scored less than a minute later to get the Pioneers within one, 4-3. With 5:01 remaining in the half, Sacred Heart tied the game 4-4 on Alec Dauses' (Glen Arm, Md.) first goal of the season. The score remained tied heading into the half as both goalies again made a pair of saves each at the end of the quarter.

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