Emmitsburg, Md. (March 24, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's University was knocked off by No. 20/14 Robert Morris by a 15-5 margin on Saturday afternoon in Northeast Conference men's lacrosse action at Waldron Family Stadium.
The Mount jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals from Stephano Mastro and Chris DiPretoro in the opening three-plus minutes of the contest, but the advantage was quickly erased on back-to-back tallies from Adrian Torok-Orban in the ensuing four minutes.
Robert Morris continued its rally with the game's next four goals to open a 6-2 lead at the 2:46 mark of the period. The Mount and RMU netted a goal apiece in the final two-plus minutes, as the Colonials took a 7-3 advantage into the second.
A defensive-minded second quarter saw each team find the back of the net just one time each, and RMU maintained its four-goal advantage, 8-4, at the halftime break. The Mount fired a total of 28 shots in the opening half of play, but only put 13 of those on target, nine of which were turned away by RMU goalie Alex Heger.
Coming out of the intermission, DiPretoro notched his third goal of the contest off a feed from C.J. Ciserano with 12:01 showing on the clock to bring the Mount back within three.
The Colonials locked in from that point, scoring the final three goals of the third frame, including a pair from Schmidt, to extend the lead to 11-5.
RMU shut down the Mountaineers in the fourth quarter as well, keeping them off the board while scoring four times to close out the 15-5 victory. The Mount was held scoreless in the final 27 minutes of the game, thanks in large part to Heger, who made 10 saves in the second half.
With the win, the Colonials improved to 6-2 overall and a perfect 2-0 in conference play, while the Mount dropped to 3-6 on the year and 0-2 in the NEC.
DiPretoro registered three goals in the game to collect his second straight hat trick, while Mastro and Henry Berg netted the Mount's other pair of goals on the afternoon. Luke Mutterer made seven saves in the losing effort between the pipes.
For the Colonials, Schmidt notched a game-high five points (3g, 2a), and Torok-Orban (3g) and Tyson Gibson (1g, 2a) added three points apiece. Heger earned his sixth win of the season in goal, tying his career-high with 19 saves in the tilt.
Rookie Sam Stephan excelled at the X once again, winning 16-of-22 faceoffs and picking up 11 ground balls. In addition to their success on faceoffs, the Mountaineers also outshot the Colonials, 47-36, and held a 41-30 advantage on ground balls.
Mount St. Mary's continues NEC play with a contest at Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 31 at noon.