NEVILLE TWP., PA.– The Robert Morris Colonials fell to the RIT Tigers 7-1 at the Island Sports Center on Saturday. Cody Laskosky registered a hat-trick while Carter Wilkie, Adam Jeffery, Elijah Gonsalves and Gianfranco Cassaro added goals for the Tigers while Jackson Reineke found the scoresheet for the Colonials.
RIT sweeps the season series 4-0 over the Colonials.
The Tigers converted 3-of-6 power play opportunities in the win, while Luke Lush stopped 15 of 16 shots he faced.
“We do some good things,” Derek Schooley said postgame. “We skate up and down the rink, but when you give up (three) power-play goals, a two-on-one and a four-on-two goal that pretty much spells out the game. We’ve got to do a better job at that. We played so hard against Minnesota, we played so hard against RIT last night and not to get rewarded.”
With the roster situation that Robert Morris was in during the relaunch of the program, it wasn’t going to be an easy road to field a balanced lineup. The core of the future Robert Morris squad lies within a very large group of freshmen as the lineup today featured nine first years, two juniors, a senior and nine graduate transfers. It’s the development that the core of the youth has taken in stride that is going to shape the next years squad.
“They’re getting a tremendous amount of experience, this will bode well for the future” Derek Schooley said postgame.
While the 2023-24 season has been a learning effort for the Colonials, the Atlantic Hockey Association allows all teams to make the tournament this season. Seeds 1-5 will receive a bye in round one, while 6, 7, & 8 will host 11, 10, 9 respectively. The winning teams will then be reseeded and head to the home rinks of seeds 1-3 the second round, with seed 4 hosting seed 5.
The remaining rounds will be reseeded with the higher ranked team hosting, and the winner will receive Atlantic Hockey’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Robert Morris heads to Springfield, Massachusetts to face American International College on January 26 & 27. Both games are scheduled to face off at 1 p.m.