The University of Rhode Island men’s roller hockey team dropped two of three games this past Saturday, salvaging one to avoid a sweep and improve to 4-7 on the season.
Rhode Island fell to Temple University 4-2 and Northeastern University 3-2 before sinking Hofstra in a high-scoring finale, 8-5.
The Rams picked up their only win Saturday night, led by senior forward Joseph Pascucci, who tallied five assists in an offensive showing. Sophomore forward Will Lalor added two goals and an assist, in an effort to stave off a hat trick from Hofstra’s Nick Lewis and knock the Pride to 0-11. Rhode Island outshot Hofstra 47-20, and controlled the contest from the 57 second mark, compliments of a junior Timothy Lindis goal.
Despite out shooting both of their other opponents, the Rams would not find pay dirt in the same way. Against Northeastern, the Rams outshot the Huskies 44-20 but struggled to maintain an advantage on the scoreboard.
Northeastern’s Mike Gwon opened the scoring with an unassisted goal. Pascucci would return the favor and tie the game for the Rams, but Northeastern continued to respond in the midst four consecutive penalties, including a game misconduct to sophomore Stephen Falkowski, to create a 2-1 lead.
“They made a good call,” junior captain Brandon Ryan said of the misconduct penalty. “We disagreed with the refs, and we talked a little too much. We got a lot of momentum out of it. We put up a good kill. It fired us up that we killed off that penalty and that we saw how tough this game was going to be.”
Rhode Island tied the game in the third period, which was followed four seconds later by another Gwon-assisted goal, which would prove to be the difference maker.
“It was a heartbreaking loss for the team,” Ryan said. “It’s tough to go out there and put up all of those shots and put everything you have, and have it come down to tough goal in the third period.”
Temple bested the Rams, due in part to a three-goal second period that erased a 1-0 advantage Rhode Island had created in the first period off a Falkowski goal. Matt Phillipes scored in the first minute of the period, and would be followed by Jonathan Bebey and Luc Garant who would give the Owls all they would need offensively. Goaltender Steve Jastrow collected 28 saves on 30 shots to seal the Temple win. Ryan did not fault himself or his teammates for their lack of tangible production.
“All three goalies we played this weekend played really well, so you can’t really hold anything against us,” Ryan said.
The Rams next play on Saturday in Sewell, New Jersey, where they will compete against Temple, Rowan University and Westchester University with the first of three games set to begin at noon.