Moon Township, Pa. (March 25, 2017) – A goal from Ryan Smith just 47 seconds into overtime lifted Robert Morris past Mount St. Mary's, 11-10, in Northeast Conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.
The overtime winner from Smith was his game-high fourth goal of the contest. Shane Majewski was the other Colonial with a multi-goal game with a pair of scores. Alex Heger registered the win between the pipes for RMU with a 10-save performance.
Chris DiPretoro paced the Mount with three goals, while Bubba Johnson and Brendan Doyle chipped in with a pair of goals and one assist each. Jack Mangan also posted a multi-goal effort with two tallies. Matt Vierheller took the loss in goal despite 13 saves in the contest.
The Colonials opened a 5-3 advantage after a period of play, with Smith tallying two of his four goals in the stanza. The Mountaineer defense tightened up in the second, holding the Colonials off the board in the frame while evening the game at 5-5 after goals from DiPretoro and Doyle.
The Mount took its first lead of the contest, 7-6, with 6:54 remaining in the third quarter on DiPretoro's third goal of the tilt. RMU answered back on the ensuing possession as Majewski found the back of the net off a feed from Carter Yespen to knot the game at 7-all at the 6:19 mark.
The team traded goals to close out the period as they headed into the fourth all tied at 8-8.
An early tally from Johnson in the fourth gave the Mount a one-goal advantage, but Smith responded for RMU with his third of the contest to even the tilt once again.
Mangan got on the board with 7:50 left to put the Mount on top, 10-9, but Majewski answered just 10 seconds later to tie things at 10-10, which it remained at for the final seven-plus minutes of regulation.
Smith's game-winning goal came just 47 seconds into overtime, as RMU walked away with the 11-10 victory to improve to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in conference. With the loss, the Mount drops to 2-5 on the year and 1-1 in NEC play.
The Mount continues its road swing at VMI on Tuesday, March 28 at 3 p.m.