MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Tyson Gibson scored two goals and added four assists to lead Robert Morris to a 12-7 victory over visiting Canisius in collegiate men’s lacrosse action Tuesday at Joe Walton Stadium.
Gibson’s six-point effort highlighted a balanced Colonials (9-4) attack that saw four players finish with multiple goals. Matt Schmidt recorded a hat trick while Trey Arnold and Adrian Torok-Orban notched two goals each. Alex Heger posted 11 saves between the pipes for Robert Morris.
Juniors Ryan McKee and Eric Gold recorded two goals each for the Griffs (5-7). Senior Jeff Edwards, junior Connor Kearnan and freshman Carter Stefaniak also scored for the Blue and Gold. Junior keeper Liam Ganzhorn made 10 saves for Canisius.
Kearnan staked Canisius to an early 1-0 lead before Robert Morris rattled off four unanswered goals from four different goal scorers to grab a 4-1 advantage early in the second quarter.
McKee temporarily halted the Colonials momentum when he trimmed the Griffs deficit to 4-2 with a goal at the 8:29 mark of the second quarter, but Robert Morris regained control once again as it took advantage of a second four-goal outburst to build an 8-2 cushion.
A goal from Gold before halftime and a strike from Stefaniak early in the third offset a goal from Robert Morris to pull the Griffs to within five, 9-4.
The Colonials responded to the Canisius charge, however, netting back-to-back goals to take its largest lead of the game, 11-4, with a little more than three minutes to play in the third.
Canisius opened the fourth quarter with tallies from Edwards and Gold to trim the Robert Morris margin to five, 11-6. The teams traded goals over the nine minutes of the contest to determine the final margin.
Head Coach Randy Mearns Postgame Comments
“It was a frustrating night for us. The good news was that we had our opportunities. The bad news was that we did not convert enough of them in the first half and because of that, we dug ourselves into a hole by halftime. Our defense had a few untimely miscues that cost us goals against as well.
“On the bright side, I was proud of our resolve and grit as we traded punches in the second half. Unfortunately, we could not gain any ground. We’ll have to learn from tonight’s game and get better as we now turn our focus to huge conference game Friday night at Monmouth.”
- Canisius moved to 5-5 against Robert Morris as the Colonials recorded its fifth straight victory in the series.
- Robert Morris held a 43-38 shot advantage for the contest. Both teams attempted 19 shots during the second half.
- Canisius was 13-of-23 at the faceoff X for the game. The Griffs won 8-of-14 draws contested during the first half.
- Robert Morris was 2-for-2 in man-up situations while Canisius was 0-for-2 with the extra attacker.
- Junior Connor Kearnan became just the 15th player in program history to record 50 points in a season thanks to his three-point effort on Tuesday. Kearnan has exactly 50 poins (30g, 20a) to his credit this campaign.
- Senior Jeff Edwards notched his 119th career point on Tuesday, moving within two points of matching former Canisius standout Nick LoCoco (2008-11) for 13th place on the program’s all-time scoring list (121)
- Junior Liam Ganzhorn recorded double-digit saves for the sixth time this season and the 13th time in his career with his 11-save effort Tuesday.
- Canisius returns its focus to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference race Friday when it travels to New Jersey for a 7 p.m. contest at league-leading Monmouth.
- The matchup between the Griffs and Hawks will be shown live on ESPN3.