Agnew’s Eight-Point Day Leads Aggies Over Colonials


Gia Anthony had a hat trick in the loss to UC Davis Photo credit: Cam Wickline

Michael Deemer

MOON TOWNSHIP– Fresh off a win against Queens last weekend, the Colonials (2-6) looked for their first two-game win streak of the season against the Aggies of UC Davis (6-3) on Sunday before their first conference game.

The Colonials fell by a final score of 17-10, in which the Colonials were outscored 7-2 in the third quarter.

Despite the scoreline, head coach Katrina Silva saw some light in the way the game progressed.

“I don’t think anything didn’t go right,” Silva said. “They have some really talented athletes, some really tall kids. We’re a little bit shorter. So, size-wise we knew it wasn’t a great matchup. I thought we battled, I think we played all four quarters. But, I’m proud of this group. I thought we played really hard today.”

After the first quarter, the score was tied at three before the Aggies scored four unanswered goals in the second to take a commanding heading into halftime.

The Aggies dominated in the third quarter as they scored seven goals in the frame compared to the Colonials’ two. Alex Agnew had five goals and three assists in the win, including netting three in the third quarter alone.

“I don’t think there’s anybody in our conference better than this team,” Silva said. “I think it’s what we wanted, unfortunately. If we want to win our conference, we have to play really hard teams outside of it and every team we play is unfortunately really good.”

Chelsea Coleman had a goal on three shots in the 17-10 loss to UC Davis Photo credit: Cam Wickline

Last week’s Mid-Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week Lilli Hadden continued her hot streak, scoring in the third quarter for her sixth goal in the last four games and ninth on the season.

However the defending conference Defensive Player of the Week, Jamie Keller did not play her best game, having just four saves on 15 shots. She was benched and replaced by sophomore Sydney Riker in the third quarter.

“I think [Sydney] has earned some time at practice. She’s been playing really hard.” Silva said. “Jamie has to keep the ball out of the net for me not to make a switch. I am confident in both. If you have two really good goalies you have to keep playing them. When she earns a quarter and a half almost. It will get both of them ready for conference play.”

The Colonials caught fire in the fourth quarter, hoping to pull off a monster comeback. RMU scored four unanswered goals to pull the Colonials back to within five with Gia Anthony leading the charge. The junior midfielder had a hat trick in the loss Sunday afternoon.

“We have to play this way and keep getting better and that’s what this team is doing right now,” Silva said.”We keep getting better. It may not show on the scoreboard, but it shows in other places. We have a MAC Championship to win. That’s our job.”

Robert Morris opens up their conference play Saturday on the road against Youngstown State on Saturday at 1 p.m.