Kevin Massa sets NCAA record; Bryant downs Robert Morris on Senior Day

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. — With a 15-of-22 performance from the faceoff X, senior captain Kevin Massa broke the NCAA record for career faceoff wins as Bryant University earned its first win streak of the season with a 10-8 victory against Robert Morris at home Saturday afternoon.

Massa entered the contest needing just 10 faceoff wins to set his sixth NCAA Division I mark and take over the record previously held by Delaware’s Alex Smith (1,027).

The senior added a game-high 10 ground balls to his performance.

Junior attack Shane Morrell led all scorers with a trio of goals, while six different Bulldogs (5-7, 3-2 Northeast Conference) found the back of the net. Starting midfielders Collins Gantz and Tom Forsberg each chipped in a pair of scores, while Tucker James, Ryan Sharpe and Tom Kennedy also recorded multi-point outings.

Eric Rankel tied Morrell’s scoring output, tallying three goals to lead the Colonials (2-10, 1-3), who saw single scores from five other players in the loss.

Massa’s record-setting faceoff win opened the final stanza and led to a Gantz goal that tied the game at 6-6.

Morrell completed his hat trick with four minutes remaining, and while Rankel added his third with 2:15 to play, the Bulldogs — led by strong play from junior goalie Gunnar Waldt (12 saves) — held off the Colonials through the final ticks for the 10-8 victory.

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