Robert Morris has simply turned their season around, going from afterthought for the NEC title to NEC champions. The Colonials were able to get into the NEC tournament, take down number one seeded Mount St. Mary’s, and then pull off another big win against Hobart in the championship to claim their second straight NEC title.
This game was a defensive battle through the first three quarters as goalie play dominated. Robert Morris’ Alex Heger and Hobart’s Sam Lucchesi combining for 25 saves through the first three quarters.
Of the offense that we did see, it led to a 1-1 tie at the end of the first quarter and then a 5-3 halftime lead for Hobart as their offense started to wake up a bit near the end of the second quarter.
While defense still dominated the third, Robert Morris found energy near the end of the quarter as they cut the Hobart lead to 6-5 heading into the fourth. The Colonials were able to use that energy to put together a good run to start the fourth.
The Colonials started the fourth quarter with a three-goal run, pushing their run to five goals from late in the the third through early in the fourth. Hobart was finally able to stop the bleeding with a Chris Aslanian goal to make it a one-goal game once again.
Robert Morris and Hobart traded two-goal runs midway though the fourth as Robert Morris was able to grab a one-goal 10-9 lead late in the game. The Colonials were able to hold on through the final whistle as they secured the 11-10 win to capture their second conference championship in just as many years.
Hobart was led by Justin Scott with 4 points (3G,1A) and Eric Holden who tallied 3 points (2G,1A). In cage for the Statesmen, Sam Lucchesi made 15 saves in the game.
Robert Morris was led by Ryan Smith with 4 points (3G,1A) and Carson Kealey who tallied 3 points (2G,1A) in teh won. In cage, Alex Heger made 12 saves to anchor the defense in the win.