Colonials’ Five-Goal Fourth Quarter Blow Past Vikings


Taggart Clark had two goals and an assist on the afternoon Photo credit: Tyler Gallo

Cameron Macariola

MOON TOWNSHIP– On a windy day at Joe Walton stadium the Robert Morris men’s lacrosse team secured their first ASUN win of the season as they took on previous winners in three straight Cleveland State.

The Vikings were in search for their first ever four game win streak in program history, after claiming their first ever ASUN victory. However, the Colonials would shut them down as they would defeat the Vikings by a score of 11-6.

The Colonials would be without all-conference defender Owen Down, but that would not stop the team from shutting down the Vikings offense early. The Vikings would run into a brick wall early as Nate Randall would pick up seven of his 16 saves on the day in the first quarter.

Head Coach Craig McDonald talked about the young guys on the team stepping up for Robert Morris.

Will Johansen had a goal in the 11-6 win over Cleveland State Photo credit: Tyler Gallo

“We went through a lot of adversity,” said McDonald. “We had a lot of young guys step up and fill some big roles for us today and they played great.”

The Colonials would enter halftime up by one with a score of 4-3.

In the second half the wind began to pick up blowing the nets off causing a small delay in the game.

Coach McDonald spoke about the battle against the elements for the Colonials.

“The elements are what they are usually are for us. We’re used to that, but proud of our guys from leadership down to the young guys who had an opportunity today.”

Once the nets were put back into place, the RMU offense would pick up the pace. Early in the fourth quarter back-to-back goals in ten seconds by Taggart Clark and a first career for Rowan Hynes put the Colonials up 8-5. Robert Morris’ long poles would provide the offensive touch in today’s game as they contributed to four of the Colonials’ goals.

The Vikings would get a goal from Gavin Held, but goals from Clark, Leary, and MacLeod would finish off the Vikings and give the Colonials their first ASUN win on the season.

The Colonials will be on the road this week as they will travel to Detroit Mercy to face the Titans in a Wednesday matinee.