Robert Morris vs. Bellarmine
February 21, 2009
The Game Story:
Moon Township, Pa. – Feb. 21, 2009 – The Robert Morris University Colonials overpowered the Bellarmine Knights on Saturday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium with a 20-11 win. The Colonials led for the entire 60 minutes of action and scored eight goals in the fourth quarter to the Knight’s three to earn the decisive victory. Senior captain Dan Kerch (Chesterfield, Mo. / DeSmet) led the way for the Colonials tallying six goals in the victory, which is a new program record. He also dished out one helper for seven points.

Last week’s CAA player of the week Corbyn Tao-Brambleby (Coquitlam, B.C. / Western Reserve Academy) captured his second consecutive hat-trick and sophomore Taylor Caparosa (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis) also scored three goals in the win. Sophomore Trevor Moore (Port Coquitlam, B.C. / Western Reserve Academy) notched two goals and one assist for three points, senior Brandon Johnson (Finksburg, Md. / Westminster) registered a pair of goals and sophomore Keith Lee (Hudson, Ohio / Western Reserve Academy) also added a couple goals and held down the face-off circle for the Colonials, going 18-for-26.

For the Knights, junior Jarrett Davis led the team with a quartet of goals. Junior Sean Doyle added three goals and Ray Finnegan netted two.

Lee got the ball rolling for the Colonials wining the opening face-off and then taking the ball straight to the net to score 10 seconds into action. Two minutes later Smith put the Colonials’ second score on the board to give them the two goal edge. With 9:02 left on the clock Doyle closed in the Colonial lead with a goal, but Robert Morris answered back with three goals within a three minute span to improve its lead to 5-1.

With 3:19 left in the first quarter Doyle scored his second goal of the game, but the Colonials got the final mark in the first quarter when Moore got the ball passed Knight goalie David Haas to finalize the first quarter with a 6-2 score.

Bellarmine opened up the second quarter with two straight goals in the first five minutes of action and added three more goals to their collection before the end of the half. Robert Morris found the net three times, which gave the Colonials a 9-6 advantage going into the second half.

Once again, the Knights started off the scoring in the third quarter with two back-to-back goals on the extra-man advantage, which closed the gap on RMU’s lead, 9-8. However, Robert Morris responded with 3:52 left in the third quarter when Caparosa got the ball past Bellarmine’s new goalie Scott Bowles, which started a string of three goals in the final four minutes of action.

In the fourth quarter, the Colonials put on a clinic scoring eight goals, with four coming in the final four minutes of action. Johnson scored his first goal of the game just 10 seconds in on an up-man advantage, which was followed by Kerch’s fifth goal of the game and Tao-Brambleby’s second of the contest.

Bellarmine managed to get past the Colonial defense a couple times, but RMU solidified the win adding five more goals before the end of the game. Senior Aaron Bottazzo (Rochester, N.Y. / Irondequoit) scored his lone goal of the game with 11 seconds left on the clock to finalize the score 20-11.

Junior goalie Sal Barcia (West Islip, N.Y. / West Islip) put up 13 saves in the win, while Bellarmine’s goalies Hass and Bowles combined for just eight saves. Robert Morris capitalized on four-of-six extra-man opportunities, while Bellarmine was two-for-four.

The Colonials return to Joe Walton Stadium next Friday to take on Manhattan College at 12:00 p.m.