Bryant vs. Robert Morris
April 6, 2013
|Colin Dunster||(4, 1)|
|Shane Morrell||(2, 3)|
|Alex Zomerfeld||(4, 0)|
|Collins Gantz||(3, 1)|
|Brian Schlansker||(0, 2)|
|Peter Mcmahon||(0, 1)|
|Bo Redpath||(1, 0)|
|Kevin Massa||(1, 0)|
|Dan Sipperly||(0, 1)|
|Gunnar Waldt||18 (0.621)|
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|Tyler Digby||(3, 0)|
|Eric Rankel||(2, 1)|
|Jake Hayes||(2, 1)|
|Taylor Graves||(1, 2)|
|James Rahe||(1, 1)|
|Jacob Ruest||(1, 0)|
|Sean Meagher||(1, 0)|
|Luke Laszkiewicz||(0, 1)|
|Charles Ruppert||15 (0.500)|
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|The Game Story:|
|SMITHFIELD, R.I. — The Bryant University men's lacrosse team got 11 goals from its top midfield unit and outscored visiting Robert Morris, 10-5, in the second half to stay undefeated in Northeast Conference action with a 15-11 victory Saturday at the Bryant Turf Complex.|
Juniors Alex Zomerfeld (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) and Colin Dunster (Cos Cob, Conn.) each tallied four goals, and rookie linemate Collins Gantz (Denver, Colo.) picked up the first hat trick of his career while redshirt-freshman Gunnar Waldt (Freeland, Md.) made a career-high 18 saves in goal as the Bulldogs (3-8, 2-0 NEC) tied the all-time series with the Colonials (5-5, 1-1) at two games apiece.
"That was an incredible performance by all three of those guys," said head coach Mike Pressler. "Did we see that coming? No. Are we excited about it? Yes. All three were phenomenal today, especially at the offensive end."
Gantz and Dunster would each add an assist as the latter put up a game-best five points on the day, a number tied by redshirt-freshman attack Shane Morrell (Glen Mills, Pa.), who had a hand in each of Bryant's first four goals, scoring twice while dishing out a pair of assists. Morrell would earn his fifth and final point of the day with a feed to Gantz for his third score with 1:48 to play in the fourth.
"Collins was terrific today," said Pressler. "He scored in a couple different ways, including a rebound goal that came back to him off a great pick up by Colin Dunster. Collins has great poise. He has a great feel for the game, and he's had a remarkable freshman year. We're not surprised that he played well today, but we are certainly very excited for him and very excited for us."
Trailing at the half, 6-5, the Black and Gold dominated the third quarter, scoring a quartet of goals while keeping the Colonials off the board to take a 9-6 advantage into the final 15 minutes on the strength of seven saves from Waldt between the pipes.
"We made a concerted effort from the second quarter on to change the way we played defense and to put those shots in the middle of the field, and he made the saves," Pressler said. "That was without question the best performance in his young career for the Bryant Bulldogs.
"And for us as a team, coming out in the third with a 4-0 quarter to go from trailing, 6-5, to leading, 9-6, was a great response," he added. "I just couldn't be more pleased with how we reacted in the second half."
And while Robert Morris cut that lead down to one in the opening three minutes of the fourth, a man-up tally from Dunster with 8:38 left on the clock gave the hosts some breathing room, 10-8. That space would last just seven short seconds, though, as Taylor Graves (1g, 2a) and Jake Hayes (2g, 1a) would team up to make a 10-9 margin in the Bulldogs' favor.
But that was as close as the Colonials would get, as Gantz (7:02), Dunster (4:47) and Zomerfeld (3:54, man up) would net successive scores to pad Bryant's lead to 13-9 and bring the clock into the final minutes of the contest.
Jacob Ruest and Tyler Digby (3 goals) would tack on goals in the final three minutes, but tallies from Gantz and sophomore faceoff specialist Kevin Massa (Huntington, N.Y.) would equalize that RMU push for the 15-11 final. In total, nine different Bulldogs registered a point in the contest, and the hosts saw six different goal scorers get past RMU netminder Charles Ruppert, despite a solid 15-save effort.
Massa was once again stellar at the X for the Black and Gold, winning 22-of-30 restarts and picking up a game-best 15 ground balls. Nicholas Beaudoin went 8-for-28 against the second-year Bulldog before handing duties off to Eric Rankel, who went 0-for-2 in the final two faceoffs of the afternoon.
Robert Morris outshot the Bulldogs, 46-40, but it was Bryant who won the ground ball margin, 47-27. The home side did, however, struggle with turnovers, posting six giveaways in the opening frame and 16 on the day, but went 2-for-4 on man-up opportunities.
"Everything is about trying to gain home field advantage," said Pressler, "and to now have Robert Morris and Quinnipiac behind us is huge. There is no doubt that home field advantage is a huge leg up in the NEC Tournament, and that's what we are all playing for, the chance to win the tournament and get a spot in the NCAAs."
The Bulldogs won't have long to enjoy their second-straight victory. The team will be back on the field Tuesday night for a non-conference regional matchup as Holy Cross visits the Bryant Turf Complex at 7 p.m.