Moon Township, Pa. Ė Feb. 14, 2009 Ė The Robert Morris University menís lacrosse team, under the direction of fifth-year head coach Bear Davis put on a spectacular showing on Saturday afternoon in their home opener at Joe Walton Stadium, topping the Penn State Nittany Lions 12-11 in an overtime thriller. Leading the way for Robert Morris was sophomore Corbyn Tao-Brambleby (Coquitlam, B.C. / Western Reserve Academy), who registered a hat-trick and three assists for six points, including the game-winner in overtime.
Junior Patrick Smith (Westminster, Md. / Westminster) also captured a hat-trick in the win and dished out one helper for four points, while sophomore Trevor Moore (Port Coquitlam, B.C. / Western Reserve Academy) added one goal and three assist for a four point game. Sophomore Keith Lee (Hudson, Ohio / Western Reserve Academy) and senior Dan Kerch (Chesterfield, Mo. / DeSmet) contributed a goal and an assist for two points each. Senior Brandon Johnson (Finksburg, Md. / Westminster), sophomore Rob Marasti (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Mt. Lebanon) and freshmen Kyle Buchanan (Nepean, Ontario / John McCrae) and Dave Morton (Orangeville, Ontario / Hill School) recorded one point each in the win.
For the Nittany Lions Chris Hogan led the way with four goals, while Rob Forster added three goals. Jack Forster led the team in assists with three and also added a goal for four points. Matthew Mackrides captured two goals and Brian Shea and Billy Lloyd each recorded one point each.
Moore got the first point on the scoreboard at 13:01 in the first period on an unassisted play and the Colonials followed it with two more goals to earn a three goal cushion. With 28 seconds left in the first quarter Penn State made in indent in RMUís lead with a goal by R. Forster. The two teams entered the second quarter with RMU Leading 3-1.
The Colonials started off the second quarter just as strong as the first recording a trio of goals within three minutes, with the first coming at 12:31. Tao-Brambleby added the assists on two of the three goals, giving him three helpers in the first half.
Penn State was finally able to get the ball past a resilient RMU goalkeeper, junior Sal Barcia (West, Islip, N.Y. / West Islip), with 9:50 left on the clock. The Nittany added two more goals to their collection before the start of the half, which made the score 6-4 going into the third quarter.
At the end of the first half Barcia collected five saves, while Nittany Lion netminder Drew Adams held off three shots.
The third quarter started with four goals by Penn State to take over the lead, 8-6. However, Robert Morris was able to bounce back with 3:22 left in the quarter when Smith found the net for his second goal of the day. Tao-Brambleby knotted the game 8-8 with a man-up goal with 2:15 left in the third.
Penn State was able to take over the lead for the second time when Mackrides scored with only 54 seconds left in the period to make the score 9-8 going into the fourth.
The Nittany Lions added to their lead in the fourth quarter when Hogan captured his third goal of the game off an assist from J. Forster. Penn State added two more goals in less than two minutes to change the scoreboard to 11-9.
Tao-Brambleby was able to cut into the lead at 10:49 when he scored his second goal off an assist from Moore and with less than six minutes left in the game and Smith recorded the final goal of his hat-trick to knot the game 11-11 at the end of regulation.
In the second stanza of overtime Tao-Brambleby came to the rescue again and was able to get the ball past Adams to the win the game.
Barcia finished the game with 13 saves to Adams 11 saves. Robert Morris was one-of -three on extra-man opportunities, while Penn State was two-for-seven.
Lee and senior T.J. Sarnese (Horsham, Pa. / Hatboro-Horsham) led the Colonials with four ground balls, while Tao-Brambleby added three. For the Nittany Lions, Ryan McAleenan was the team leader for ground balls with four. As a team, Robert Morris captured 20 ground balls to Penn Stateís 16. However, Penn State led in face-offs going 14 for 22, while RMU was 8 for 22.
The Colonials return to action on Sat. Feb. 21 to take on Bellarmine at home in a 1:00 p.m. contest
Robert Morris vs. Penn State