Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/18/13
Midfielder Eric Rankel (Downingtown West) tied a Robert Morris freshmen record with five goals as he helped the Colonials to a 12-9 victory over UMBC at a cold Joe Walton Stadium Saturday afternoon.
RMU improved to 2-0 all-time against UMBC as the Colonials also took down the Retrievers last season in Baltimore. Robert Morris did not trail at all in Saturday’s contest against UMBC, just like last year’s meeting, and has only trailed for 5:14 of the first 120 minutes of the 2013 season.
After collecting three points in his collegiate debut, Rankel – an All-Phillylacrosse.com pick last year for a team that went undefeated in winning the Ches-Mont League – tallied five goals, on just seven shots, and an assist to post a game-high six points. His quintet of scores marked just the second time in RMU history in which a Colonial freshman has notched at least five goals in a single contest. He also won two of four face-offs.
While Rankel was busy providing the goals, redshirt senior attackman Dave Morton (Hill School) contributed his 11th career multi-goal game with two scores and moved into a tie for ninth in career goals with 42. Morton’s ninth multi-goal effort in the team’s last 10 outings also doubled as his 15th career multi-point effort.
Redshirt sophomore defenseman Joseph Scenna (Perkiomen Valley) posted a career-high four caused turnovers, a mark which ties him for fourth most in single-game RMU history, and also added two ground balls.
Junior long-stick midfielder Tyler Rankel (Downingtown West) posted his first point of the season and the sixth of his career with a fourth-quarter assist and added two caused turnovers. He also won 8 of 21 face-offs.
Dave Brown (Hill School) scored once for UMBC.
Maryland 16, Hartford 4
Owen Blye (Downingtown East) had five goals for the Terps while Casey Ikeda (Conestoga) led the defense with two groundballs and goalie Niko Amato (La Salle) made eight saves for the win.
Adam Yee (Penncrest) won nine of 19 face-offs for Hartford while Andrew Cacchio (Holy Ghost Prep) had a goal and Tate Klidonas (Emmaus) had a groudball and a caused turnover.
Air Force 11, Rutgers 9
Keith Dreyer (Malvern Prep) had a goal and two assists, Brenden Coleman (Central Bucks East) had a goal, two groundballs and two caused turnovers and defenseman Alex Warden (Garnet Valley) added an assist for Air Force.
Rich Rambo (Abington) had an assist for Rutgers.
UMass 12, North Carolina 11
Ryan Creighton (Malvern Prep) had four groundballs, an assist and a caused turnover and Joey Sankey (Penn Charter) scored once while Ryan Kilpatrick (Salesianum School) had two groundballs for UNC in the defeat.
Hobart 18, Siena 15
Gryphin Kelly (Plymouth Whitemarsh) won 12 of 21 face-offs and Peter Zonino (Conestoga) made nine saves for the win to help Hobart in its opener.
Johns Hopkins 12, Towson 6
Tucker Durkin (La Salle) had five Caused turnovers and four groundballs to pace the Hopkins defense in the victory.
Matt Hughes (Central Bucks East) had two groundballs and Zack Gregory (Conestoga) won 6 of 16 face-offs for Towson.l
Hofstra 14, Sacred Heart 9
Mark Mullen (Germantown Academy) led the defense with two groundballs for the Pride in its victory.
St. John’s 11, Holy Cross 9
Colin Keegan (Springfield-Delco) had a goal and three groundballs and Joe Addona (Springfield-Delco) added a groundball and a caused turnover on attack, Connor Mullen (Hatboro-Horsham) had a groundball and a caused turnover at midfield and Mark DiFrangia (La Salle) had a groundballs on defense.
Fairfield 8, Bryant 6
Eric Warden (Garnet Valley) had two assists and Gordie Wells (La Salle) had a groundball and caused turnover to help
Fairfield claim the win.
Shane Morrell (Episcopal Academy) scored once for Bryant and Cody Isdaner (Episcopal Academy) added an assist while Mason Poli (Downingtown East) had two caused turnovers and a groundball.
Sunday – Duke 15, Mercer 3
Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion) had four goals and two assists and Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) had an assist, a groundball and a caused turnover.
Sunday – Albany 16, Syracuse 15, OT
Matt Walters (Haverford School) scored once for the Orangemen in the upset loss.
Lynchburg 13, Salisbury 12, OT
Max Voumard (St. Augustine Prep) had four goals, one assist and two groundballs while Jon Gill (Unionville) led the defense with three groundballs and a caused turnover t lead Lynchburg to the stunning upset of No. 1 Salisbury. Campbell Armstrong (Great Valley) also scored for LC.
Pitt 20, Toledo 2
Tyler Novotny (Spring-Ford) scored five goals, Paul Razgaitis (St. Joseph’s Prep) had a goal and two groundballs, Ryan Lord (Cponestoga) had three groundballs and Josh Sutterfield (Spring-Ford) won 10 of 11 face-offs while Travis O’Connor (Abington) made four saves in one half of play.