Presbyterian vs. Robert Morris
March 10, 2009
The Game Story:
CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College men’s lacrosse team dropped a hard fought decision to Robert Morris Tuesday afternoon by a 17-4 score at Old Bailey Stadium in front of 127 fans.

The Blue Hose now stand at 0-6 on the young season while Robert Morris improves to 6-1.

Leading the way for PC was Patrick Foy, who notched two of the four scores on the day for the squad. Bobby Atwell and Devin Pinkston also chipped in a goal apiece.

On defense, keeper Jon Athens stopped 10 shots while also scooping up a team-best five ground balls. Senior Drew Tobias caused a match-high three turnovers while Blake Studstill and Tanner Gard each forced the Colonials into two miscues each. Nick Plaisted and Tom Valandra each caused one turnover. The Blue Hose accounted for nine caused turnovers while only being forced into seven by the opposition.

After a tough first half that saw the visitors take an 11-0 halftime lead, head coach Jason Childs’ team continued to apply tough pressure on Robert Morris in the second half.

Dan Kerch scored just 55 seconds into the second stanza for the visitors, but PC came right back with its first score of the day at the 13:20 mark. Foy, maneuvering to the left of the cage, fired a shot past Sal Barcia to put the Blue Hose on the board.

The Blue Hose offense got things going again less than a minute later. Atwell got the ball and sliced through the Colonials’ defense, cutting through two defenders before rifling a shot by Barcia, making the score 12-2.

RMU would score on a shot by Casey Abbott at the 9:22 mark in the third period, but then the Blue Hose defense stiffened. As the match progressed, neither team could get on the board for the next six minutes. During the stretch, the teams committed multiple turnovers with neither able to register a shot until Patrick Smith struck with a goal with 3:25 to go in the third.

Just 24 seconds later, Childs’ team would get revenge as Devin Pinkston tallied a goal after making a beautiful move past a RMU defender.

The fourth quarter turned into a stalemate for the most part. Foy struck with a goal to open the scoring at the 13:22 mark. Keith Lee then notched the 17th score of the day for the Colonials. After that, neither team could find the back of the net the remainder of the game. However, Drake Peterson’s shot with 4:21 to play almost got the Blue Hose on the board again, but he was just off target as he hit the post.

For the match, the Blue Hose had 27 shots while the visitors had 35. PC out-shot RMU in the second half 13-11. The Blue Hose were rather proficient by notching an 85 percent clear rate.

Each team posted 10 saves while PC had 16 turnovers, but forced RMU into 17.

The Blue Hose return to action next Tuesday as they play host to Manhattan in a 3:30 p.m., contest.