A beginning of another year of the Toole era, a win for a lone senior on her final home contest, and a milestone reached for the best soccer player in Colonial history. Find out how the RMU Colonials fared in each of their sports this weekend here on Milliron Mondays.
Everyone’s favorite Robert Morris sport kicked off in fashion this weekend, with head coach Andy Toole returning to the Palestra at the Univesity of Pennsylvania friday to face off against the team he was on when he won two Ivy League titles, the Penn Quakers. It was a jam packed game with lots of back and forth action, with the RMU mounting a comeback after trailing by 16 at half. Unfortunately, the Colonials fell in the last minute of play and the Quakers went on to win the contest 76-75.
Robert Morris then looked to rebound from the match with facing a much tougher opponent on Sunday, the Cincinnati Bearcats of the AAC. Live on Fox Sports Ohio, the Colonials got off to a good start, but a lack of height underneath the hoop made RMU get run over on the boards 44-24, and a .277 field goal percentage didn’t help.
You shouldn’t take the first weekend as a outlook on the season, and you should see the Colonials bounce back with some more impressive play this Wednesday as the kick off their home opener vs Bucknell.
RMU made it’s return to the NEC tournament this weekend for the first time since 2006. Holding the #3 seed in the tournament, they faced off against the Saint Francis University Red Flash. The Colonials fell 2-1, but the one goal came from Neco Brett, which let his collegiate career go out with a bang, marking 100 points in his time as Colonial and notching his third consecutive NEC Player of the Year award.
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The football team continued it’s disappointing season doing what it knows best – not scoring a touchdown. Sophomore Cole Blake did rush for 119 yards, but Matthew Barr‘s 2-13 passing performance limited the offense.
The Colonials will face Bryant in their final outing of the regular season in Moon Township this Saturday. Hopefully the team can end their season with some positivity.
Lone senior Kristin Thompson led her team’s last games of the regular season with two wins. An impressive 3-2 win vs Bryant on Friday and a 3-1 win vs Central Connecticut State on Sunday. On Friday, Thompson had double digit kills on Friday and in her final game at the Sewall Center had 17 kills, 4 blocks, and a career high 6 digs.
The Colonials will head into their 17th consecutive NEC tournament this Saturday as the 2nd seed.
The Robert Morris women’s ice hockey team returned to Pittsburgh this weekend to face a familiar foe of Penn State at the 84 Lumber Arena. The first matchup ended up in a 2-2 tie, and on Saturday the Colonials tried all they could to come out on top in the weekend series against the Nittany Lions. Despite out-shooting PSU 37-22, and winning 9 more faceoffs than their opponent, they fell 5-1.