Robert Morris women’s lacrosse rolls over Golden Flashes on special day


Kelley Flynn charges towards the net against Kent State. Photo credit: Ethan Morrison

Cameron Macariola

MOON TOWNSHIP– On another cloudy, cold, windy day, Robert Morris women’s lacrosse (7-6, 7-0 MAC) played host to Kent State (5-9, 2-5).

A complete team effort pushed the Colonials to a 15-6 victory over the Golden Flashes.

Coming off of what the team would describe as a rough performance against Detroit Mercy, the Colonials looked to get the jump on the Golden Flashes, and that is exactly what they accomplished.

From the opening draw, it took only 49 seconds for RMU to reaffirm that statement, getting a marker from Julia Koterwas.

Following that goal, Jordan Anderson, Gianna Anthony, Kelsey Nelson and Colleen Tifft tallied goals of their own to put the Colonials up 5-0 just after the 9-minute mark.

After a Golden Flashes timeout, goals were hard to find. Coach Katrina Silva pointed at the issue during this lapse in action.

“Kent [State] called a really good timeout, so it took the wind out of our sails,” Silva said. “It took us a while [to get back]. We had lots of shots though. We took 40 shots which is a great stat. That’s the number we wanted to hit and we expected to score 50% of them.”

Koterwas and Tifft would score in the second quarter for the Colonials, but the Golden Flash would flash three goals of their own, including a highlight-reel goal by Jackie Wolford. She went behind the back and found the back of the net.

The Colonials added two more goals from Jerica Obee and Lilli Hadden to finish the half at 9-3.

In the third quarter for the Colonials, Anderson, Obee and Bailey Christianson all scored, continuing to spread the goal-scoring around. Coach Silva spoke about how good the team’s play was today.

“There were moments we played like a championship-caliber team. There are kids on this team who want four rings, and that’s a pretty realistic goal when we play like that.”

During the final 15 minutes, Koterwas added two more to make it four goals on the day to set a new career-high. Kelsey Nelson put her name on the scoresheet once again to close out the win for the Colonials.

Following the final whistle, the Colonials celebrated their 2021 MAC Championship and received their rings.

Coach Katrina Silva spoke about the big day and reunion at Joe Walton.

“You see the love between the women that graduated [and the freshmen]. This is truly a family through and through,” Silva said. “They love each other; they’re here back supporting each other. We’re celebrating last year but we haven’t thought about taking our feet off the gas pedal.”

The Colonials are back in action next Saturday as Akron comes to town on Apr. 16.