Robert Morris Bounces Back with Dominant Performance Over Bellarmine


The men’s lacrosse team improves to 2-4 in conference play after the 21-13 win over Bellarmine on Wednesday Photo credit: Hope Beatty

Cameron Macariola

MOON TOWNSHIP– The Robert Morris men’s lacrosse team was in search of a bounce-back win against Bellarmine (8-4, ASUN 3-3) Wednesday afternoon. The Colonials came out firing and reignited their offensive touch with an emphatic 21-13 victory.

Robert Morris (5-6, 2-4 ASUN) and the Knights would each trade punches early before the Colonials would rattle off four goals including two from David Burr.

Second-year head coach Craig McDonald praised the team’s offensive play.

“I think we had a sense of urgency that we’ve been lacking for a little bit. We know what our groups are capable of when we play together and we play with purpose. I think today it showed against a very good team, and our guys needed to show up when they needed to,” Coach McDonald said. “I’m very proud of our guys in all facets. From faceoffs, the goaltending, the defense, offense I thought we finally put a game together.”

To kick off the second quarter, the Colonials extended their leads with Liam Keane and Burr both completing their hat-tricks to extend the Robert Morris lead.

The sophomore attacker Burr credited his team for his ability to achieve his second four-goal performance on the season.

“My teammates got me open,” Burr said. “We had a good week of practice, a good scout team, and we knew what shots we’d get. We just had to execute them. There wasn’t any surprise, it was just my teammates getting me open and me just hitting the shots.”

One of Burr’s goals was a top play moment as he lowered his shoulder and met the defender on the right hashmark before going behind the back and placing a perfect shot in the top right corner.

“You practice so much, and you play freely and stuff like that happens,” Burr said, “Our coaches let us play loose, so that goal is a testament to them.”

Nate Randall (4) had eight saves in the win over Bellarmine Photo credit: Hope Beatty

The Colonials’ offensive barrage would continue throughout the day but would face a bump following a change in goal for the Knights in the third quarter. The Knights would control the pace of play in the third outscoring the Colonials 4-1 before a final second goal by Taggart Clark put a stop to any hopes of a comeback for the Knights.

Coach McDonald went in depth about his team’s handling the adversity of Bellarmine’s run.

“We just wanted to stay the course. We talked about not getting too high with the highs, or too low with the lows. We wanted to be consistent throughout,” McDonald said. “I think we did a good job handling that adversity. There was a stretch where we couldn’t put one past [Higginbotham], but we stayed disciplined with it we stayed together, and we just chipped away.”

Robert Morris would cap off their offensive explosion with seven goals in the final 15 minutes Including the first collegiate goal of Ryan Stiefel’s career.

The Colonials would run the clock down for a final score of 21-13. This is a new season high in goals for the Colonials topping their 16-goal outing against Utah.

“I think it was one of the best games we had in terms of playing with urgency on the offensive end. Also sharing the ball. We had a lot of assisted goals, we were really patient, and we cashed in on a lot of opportunities because of really good team offensive and unselfishness.” McDonald said. “I’m Proud of the guys in terms of that. We know we have been struggling in times there at times, and it was good to see us get over the hump, and hopefully, we can keep that momentum going into Saturday against a great opponent.”

The Colonials have their eyes fixed on their next opponent as they will travel down to Charlotte North Carolina to take on Queens this Saturday at 11 a.m.