Robert Morris vs. Wagner
March 17, 2009
The Game Story:
Moon Township, Pa. Ė March 17, 2009 Ė The Robert Morris University Colonials continued their undefeated home streak when they notched a commanding 21-8 victory over the Wagner Seahawks on Tuesday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium. They are now 6-0 at home and 7-2 overall, while Wagner drops to 1-6. RMUís 21 goals broke a school record for goals in a single game.

Sophomore Corbyn Tao-Brambleby (Coquitlam, B.C. / Western Reserve Academy) led the way for the Colonials earning a season-high five goals in the win, while also adding three assists for an eight point game. Senior Brandon Johnson (Finksburg, Md. / Westminster) recorded his third game with three goals and freshman Dave Morton (Orangeville, Ontario / Hill School) had the best game of his career so far, also scoring a trio of goals. Sophomores Taylor Caparosa (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis) and Trevor Moore (Port Coquitlam, B.C. / Western Reserve Academy) and junior Patrick Smith (Westminster, Md. / Westminster) all registered a pair of goals. Moore also led the team in assists with four for six points.

The Colonials controlled the face-off cirlcle going 22-33. T.J. Sarnese (Horsham, Pa. / Hatboro-Horsham) tallied the most face-off wins with eight and also led the team in ground balls with seven. Sophomore Richard Cambrey (Port Coquitlam, B.C. / Riverside Secondary) led the team in caused turnovers with three and goalies Sal Barcia (West Islip, N.Y. / West Islip) and Dillon Pope (Smithtown, N.Y. / Smithtown West) split time in the net and combined for 11 saves. Barcia allowed only one goal in 30 minutes of action.

The first quarter dictated the pace of the rest of the game, as the Colonials scored eight unanswered goals and kept that decisive lead for the remainder of the game. Caparosa started things off with a goal 30 seconds into action, which was followed by a goal by Smith 22 seconds later. Within the next four minutes another three goals were added to RMUís total.

The Wagner defense was able to hold off the Colonial attack for three minutes, but at 6:59 Smith was able to break through for his second goal. With 5:29 left on the clock Tao-Brambleby flipped a shot behind his back that escaped Wagner goalie Peter Rubin for his second goal and Moore finished off the quarter with 15 seconds left on the clock, which also marked his second goal.

The second quarter was very similar to the first with Robert Morris dominating possession for the entire 15 minutes. Caparosa started off the scoring for the Colonials once again with a goal at 2:18. From that point on the Colonials tallied four goals in a 39 second span to increase their lead to 12-0.

With 5:25 left on the clock Wagner was finally able to get a point on the board when Will Macumber fired a shot into the Colonial net. However, RMUís Brock Arter (Edgewater, Md. / South River) and Billy Conques (Fairfax, Va. / Paul VI) were both able to find the net before the end of the half to head into the third quarter with a 14-1 advantage.

19 seconds into the second half Morton fired a shot past Rubin for his first goal of the game. Wagner answered with a goal less than a minute later and the two teams continued to trade goals for the next four scores. With 1:55 left on the clock Tao-Brambleby received a pass from Moore and triggered a shot into the net for his fifth and final goal of the game and with 22 seconds left in the quarter Johnson found the net to set the score at 19-4 going into the final stanza of action.

Wagner started to gets its groove in the fourth quarter, but it was too late. The Seahawks tallied the first three goals of the quarter within a time span of 1:41 to cut into the Colonial lead 19-7. Before the end of regulation Robert Morris scored twice and Wagner netted one more goal to finalize the score 21-8.

Evan Shull and Will Macumber led the Seahawks with two goals each and Rubin finished the game with 12 saves.

The Colonials begin conference play this weekend at Towson on Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m.