WEST LONG BEACH, N.J. / Mar. 25, 2012– The Robert Morris women’s lacrosse team picked up its first Northeast Conference win of the season on Sunday afternoon, topping Monmouth 9-8 on the road. Erin Mossop led the Colonials with five goals in the win while Talia Waskowicz netted a pair of goals including the eventual game winner with 13 seconds left in regulation.
Mossop (Schenectady, N.Y. / Guilderland) gave the Colonials an early lead with her first of four successful free-position shots just 1:15 into the contest before MacKenzie Lawler (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) would add her 11th goal of the year on a man-up opportunity with 22:05 remaining in the first half. After Monmouth rallied to tie the game at 2-2, Courtney Sicinski (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown West) would reclaim the lead for Robert Morris at 13:17 of the first after being set up by Jessica Rutherford (Pylesville, Md. / North Harford). The two teams would trade goals one more time in the opening 30 minutes of play, allowing Robert Morris (3-7 overall, 1-1 NEC) to head into halftime with a 4-3 lead after Mossop – the defending NEC Rookie of the Week – notched her second goal of the afternoon with 3:14 left in the half.
Monmouth (2-8, 1-1) would even the score less than two minutes into the second stanza, but Mossop would rifle home a pair of successful free-position attempts minutes later at 26:29 and 25:14, respectively. The hosts would rally back, however, with four-straight goals over the next 13 minutes to take an 8-6 lead – Monmouth’s first lead of the night. Mossop would snap the run with 11:09 left to play to end the day with 11 goals on the year.
Waskowicz (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Allegheny) would complete the comeback effort for RMU, evening the score with 1:56 left and netting the eventual game winner with 13 ticks left on the clock.
Kaitlin Pentz (Sykesville, Md. / Century) picked up her third win of the season for Robert Morris, making eight saves in net while Katie Donohoe took the loss for Monmouth with a four-save performance. Kaleigh Gibbons led Monmouth with two goals and two assists.
Robert Morris kicks off a three-game home stand next Saturday at 1 p.m. against St. Francis (Pa.).
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