Robert Morris Rallies Past Women's Lacrosse, 15-12

Robert Morris Rallies Past Women's Lacrosse, 15-12

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Robert Morris scored the final seven goals to rally from a four-goal deficit and defeat Mount St. Mary's 15-12 in Northeast Conference (NEC) women's lacrosse action on Friday.

Esther Rufolo (Woodstock, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) paced the Mount (5-9, 4-2 NEC) with four goals while Mary MacAdam (Palmyra, N.J./Holy Cross), Jen Semler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall), Nicole Price (White Hall, Md./North Harford) each scored two times and Alexis Salerno (South Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) and Shelby Lyles each found the twine once. Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) had 13 saves in the loss.

Ashley Trombetta fueled the Colonials (6-8, 5-2 NEC) with three goals and three assists while Colleen O'Donnell added four goals and Elizabeth Sunseri chipped in two tallies and an assist. Kaitlin Pentz made six saves in the winning effort.

Robert Morris held Mount St. Mary's off the scoreboard for the final 19:13 of the match and went on a 7-0 run to rally to a 15-12 victory. The Colonials have now won the last two games in Moon Township against the Mountaineers.

After MacAdam gave Mount St. Mary's a 12-8 lead on an unassisted tally at 40:47, Robert Morris rolled off the final seven goals for the come-from-behind victory.

Emily VanDyne started the decisive rally with an unassisted goal at the 44-minute mark before Rachel Engel found the twine 25 seconds later unassisted. Sunseri cut the margin to one at 49:40 before Trombetta converted an 8-meter chance at 50:47 to even the match at 12. Sunseri then set up Engel for the go-ahead goal at 54:05. Trombetta (56:00) and Sunseri (58:49) sealed the win with two goals in the final four minutes.

The game started out well for the Mountaineers after jumping out to a 4-1 lead. Semler got the scoring started with an unassisted goal at 4:10. After VanDyne found the twine off a Trombetta assist at 7:53, MacAdam (8:53), Rufolo (10:07) and Price each scored on their own for a three-goal advantage.

The Colonials then rolled off the next three scores to tie the game at 4. Trombetta had a hand in the first two tallies in the run by finding the twine unassisted at 14:27 and then setting up VanDyne at 15:39 before Cara Hernandez register a goal off a Mackenzie Lawler feed at 16:27.

Mount St. Mary's then scored five of the final seven goals in the half to take a 9-6 lead at the break. Salerno retook the lead for the Mountaineers unassisted at 20:47 before Price converted a free-position opportunity at 22:14 and Rufolo scored unassisted at 24:36 for a 7-4 lead.

O'Donnell answered for the Colonials with an 8-meter goal at 25:33 and an unassisted marker at 26:03 to trim the margin to 7-6. Semler responded with a free-position score at 29:46 before Rufolo won the draw and went down to find the back of the net with three seconds left for a three-goal margin at halftime.

Robert Morris opened the second half with back-to-back goals from O'Donnell thanks to an assist from Lauren Roberts at 32:43 and then found the goal on her own at 33:12 to make it a one-goal game.

The Mount then rolled off its third three-goal spurt to grab a 12-8 lead with 19:13 remaining. Rufolo started the run with her fourth goal of the afternoon at 38:40. Lyles converted an 8-meter chance for her first career goal at 39:45 and MacAdam scored for the second time in the match at 40:47. Robert Morris then posted the final seven goals and held the Mountaineers scoreless the rest of the way to earn the victory.

After Mount St. Mary's took a 12-8 lead, the Mount won six of the final eight draw controls but turned the ball over eight times and only had two shots in the final 19 minutes of the game. Semler hit the post with the Mountaineers clinging to a 12-10 edge and Rufolo had a shot saved at the buzzer.

Aly Jost (Abington, Md./Bel Air) paced the defense with three ground balls, two caused turnovers and two draw controls. Salerno had two ground balls and a caused turnover. Rufolo had a season-high seven draw controls and Meaghan Conlon grabbed three draws in the loss.

Jost moved into eighth place in program history for career ground balls (162) and eighth in caused turnovers (79) while Rufolo moved into sixth place for career draw controls (103).

Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Sunday at Saint Francis (Pa.). Game time is 12 p.m.