Know Your Enemy - Robert Morris

Know Your Enemy - Robert Morris

Ladies & Gentleman, as the boys live it up on a bus ride across Pennsylvania, which for those of you who don't know, "Pennsylvania is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between", Mike Avato was pouring over box scores and game tape breaking down the Dragons foe this weekend.


As feeling returned to my toes after Tuesday’s win over the Wildkittens in West Philly, I couldn’t help but think about the remaining non-conference schedule and the Colonials of Robert Morris University. I would trade just about anything to be sitting in Cabo with Lodge sipping on some Mai Thai’s surrounded by beautiful ladies as opposed to sitting at my desk on a conference call and thinking about bus rides to Pittsburgh. What a letdown that place is. They think throwing some French Fries on their sandwiches saves them, they’ve obviously never had a Fat Dragon from the old Ross Commons, now home to our gracious sponsor Sabrina’s Café.

Getting down to business here, Robert Morris is a team that can’t be overlooked. We did it my senior year and we lost on their field with their attackmen talking major smack to me as the minutes went by and we trailed. Boy, that day sucked. Drexel is in no position to slip up here. Traveling sucks. Traveling on a bus on I-76 across the state to the Burgh sucks even harder. No excuses, we need to win out the rest of our non –conference games to have a shot at a bid in case we don’t keep rolling and win the CAA Tournament in May. Here’s what to expect on Saturday from Bobby Mo.

Preseason rankings slated the Colonials as the 35th team in the country and 3rd in the NEC. They are currently 2-1 with wins over Detroit and UMBC and a loss the Bellarmine. Yup, Bellarmine. Schedule not telling us much at this point, but 2-1 is 2-1. RMU is without their two best players from ’12 who they lost to graduation. Filling in these shoes are a pair of players who actually combined for more points than the two senior graduates. Jake Hayes (5g, 5a, 1st Team All NEC in ‘12) and Dave Morton (4g,0) tallied 110 points last year for RMU, and so far the production seems to be similar. Their top scorer is freshman middie Eric Rankel (7g, 5a), a local product from Dtown West who is also their 2nd fogo. Other major contributors are junior midfielder Tayler Graves (5g, 5a) and freshman attackman Luke Laskiewicz (5g, 1a). Only one of these kids is taller than 5-10 and all are averaging about a buck seventy soaking wet. No reason with the boys can’t toss these kids around a bit and get them off their game.

The defense is set in front of soph goalie Charles Ruppert. Chuck comes into the weekend with a .623 GAA and 38 saves on 3 starts this year. I’d like to see where that number climbs to after the weekend seeing as the Colonials haven’t seen an offense with anywhere near as much firepower or balance as the Dragons. In front of him is a close d grouping of Jr Sean Meagher, So Luke Magnan (NEC All-Rookie team in ’12), and RSo Joe Scenna. All three of these guys started 8 or more games for RMU last year on a squad that had a 12.87 GAA on the season. Two long poles seem to split the work up top, Tyler Rankel (1g, 1a) and Cory Berry. Rankel is also their starting fogo who is leaving a lot to be desired going 38% in ’13 to date. From the looks of the defensive end of the field, there should be a scoring clinic in Moon Township in 24 hours’ time.

I hope an errant shot somehow finds the back of Crosby’s skull tomorrow. That’s about it. Go Dragons.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.



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