Canisius’ Mathieu Boissonneault scored the first goal of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. However, it was all Robert Morris after that, as the Colonials went on a 7-0 run to take a commanding 7-1 lead into halftime. Robert Morris added another four goals in the third to extend its lead to 11-3 after three periods. Canisius fought until the end and put up three goals in the fourth, but it wasn’t nearly enough to close the gap as RMU tacked on another goal in the final period to close out the game 12-6 score.
Jimmy Perkins led the Colonials with four points (2 Gs & 2 As). Justin Mayfield had a nice day for RMU finishing with a hat trick, while Shane Majewski chipped in with a pair of goals. In a big surprise this afternoon, RMU’s star goalie Alex Heger (and our pick for 2nd Team All-American Goalie) did not play. While RMU’s Chris Reynolds admirable filled in for Heger and finished with six saves, holding Canisius to only one goal in the first half, the Heger news definitely took many by surprise. Luckily, our boy Jack Goods of The Buffalo News Sports was covering the game for US Lacrosse Magazine and was able to provide some information on Heger:
Robert Morris tells me goalie Alex Heger is unavailable due to a lower-body injury. Big absence for the Colonials..— Jack Goods (@GoodsOnSports) May 9, 2018
Here’s the box score from the game. RMU’s recap is not up yet, but I’ll update when it is live. The Colonials will have a short rest before they gear up to play #1 seed Maryland in College Park on Sunday at 12:00 PM. Hopefully Alex is all good by Sunday, as we’d love to see RMU go into the game with the Terps as healthy as possible.
Robert Morris coach Andrew McMinn on Chris Reynolds stepping in for Alex Heger. pic.twitter.com/svnvsHzkqV— Jack Goods (@GoodsOnSports) May 9, 2018
Canisius’ Connor Kearnan discusses the Griffs exceeding expectations this season. He set the MAAC and Canisius assist single-season record today. pic.twitter.com/tzem0TwgTO— Jack Goods (@GoodsOnSports) May 9, 2018