Mercyhurst Duo Adds Veteran Experience for Robert Morris Men’s Hockey


St. Onge (left) and Townsend (right) each come from Mercyhurst as fifth-year seniors

Nathan Breisinger

The Robert Morris men’s hockey was in the market for veteran experience and they found that from a fellow Atlantic Hockey squad as Rylee St. Onge and Cade Townend make the move from Mercyhurst to Robert Morris via the transfer portal.

Both St. Onge and Townend completed their senior seasons with the Lakers and will join the Colonials as fifth year players. Along with a heavy dose of experience, the two newest Colonials also bring leadership experience. St. Onge served as a team captain this past season, and Townend donned an ‘A’ for Mercyhurst.

For St. Onge, he will provide a scoring option for the Colonials as he led the Lakers during his junior season with 15 goals and a team-high four game-winning goals. This past season, the 5-foot-11 forward appeared in 24 games as he notched eight goals and seven assists along with 17 blocks.

Prior to his time at Mercyhurst, St. Onge played his freshman season with Alaska Anchorage. During the 2019-20 season with the Seawolves, St. Onge dressed in all 36 games. He led all freshman on Alaska Anchorage with 17 points and his eight goals were tied for second most on the team.

With St. Onge providing depth to the RMU forwards, Townend will be a valuable addition to the backend. Townend spent all four years with Mercyhurst as he became a puck magnet, leading the Lakers in blocked shots with 62 during his junior season while adding another 33 blocks this past season.

The Carleton Place, Ontario native led all Lakers defenseman with seven goals and 16 points during his junior year. He also buried four power play goals and two game-winning goals.

As Derek Schooley and his coaching staff finish restocking their roster, St. Onge and Townend will be key pieces for the 2023-24 season.