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Bryant Athletics | April 11, 2015

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

  Kevin Massa, 41, won 15 faceoffs to set an NCAA record and led Bryant to its third consecutive win.

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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