Leifhelm, Rams Blank Holy Cross, 2-0

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

Leifhelm (GK), Williams, Kristiansen, Benco, Richter, Cain, Davids, Jesman Sunde, Dickson, Brangman, Bailey
Substitutes: Gesmundo, Colantuono, Daley, Gaudreau

Starters: Stutz (GK), Miligragovic, Azrak, Carfora, Rupp, Brummett, Merrick, Bell, Rhodes, Houlihan, Leahy
Substitutes: Barsic, Mujan, Birse, Callahan, Dixon, Cestaro, Place

Scoring Summary
13:24 - URI - Richter (Penalty Kick)
44:02 - URI - Colantuono (Gaudreau)

How it Happened

Rhode Island (8-2-2) used a pair of first-half goals to pick up its fifth consecutive win Tuesday night at Holy Cross. The Rams are now unbeaten (7-0-2) over their last nine games.

Rhody got the scoring started in the 14th minute when Dominik Richter converted a penalty kick for the early advantage.

The Rams doubled their lead in the final minute of the half when Holy Cross' Henry Stutz could not hold on to the rebound on a shot by Evan Gaudreau. The ball bounced out to Vinny Colantuono, who fired a shot in off the left post to make it 2-0 Rhode Island.

The Rams' defense limited Holy Cross to just one shot on goal in the second half - which was stopped by goalkeeper Nils Leifhelm - as URI picked up it's seventh shutout victory of the season.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Dominik Richter's first-half penalty kick was his third goal of the season and 11th of his career.
  • Sophomore Vinny Colantuono netted his first career goal for the Rams, in just his third appearance of the season. Colantuono subbed into the game in the 40th minute and found the back of the net at the 44:02 mark.
  • Redshirt junior Evan Gaudreau picked up the first assist of his career on the goal by Colantuono.
  • Senior Nils Leifhelm stopped each of the five shots he faced, en route to his seventh clean sheet of the season. With 22 career shutouts, Leifhelm now has sole possession of the #2 spot on URI's career list. Anthony Latronica (1994-97) is the program's all-time leader, with 25.
  • Freshman Conrad Williams logged a full 90 minutes in his first career start for the Rams.
  • Overall, Rhody outshot Holy Cross 13-8 and held a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.
  • The Crusaders picked up eight fouls while URI was whistled for six. No cautions were issued in the match.

Up Next
The Rams return to action on Saturday night, when they resume Atlantic 10 play at Davidson.