Rhody Rolls Saint Louis 4-2 in A-10 Quarterfinals

Rhody Rolls Saint Louis 4-2 in A-10 Quarterfinals

Rhody Starters
Leifhelm (GK), Camillo, Matthews, Oakley, Davids, Cain, Jesman Sunde, Dickson, Casey, Richter, Daley

Saint Louis Starters
Otte (GK), Heskamp, Pavisic, David, Hein, Saad, Hajderovic, Cicciarello, Minors, Sarr, Brown

How It Happened
Sixth-seeded Rhode Island (10-7-2) wasted no time getting on the board as Dominik Richter tucked a shot into the upper right corner at the 3:48 mark. Carlo Davids was credited with an assist on the play. The tally came shortly after Saint Louis had three consecutive corner kicks with the third deflecting out off the far post. 

The third-seeded Billikens (8-7-2) outshot the Rams 9-2 in the opening frame, but it was Rhody that took a 1-0 lead into the break.

The Rams made it 2-0 in the 59th minute when Tyler Dickson headed in his second goal of the season off a corner kick from Ryan Oakley. Richter struck again 10 minutes later - burying another feed from Davids to make it 3-0 - before Ryan Bailey made it 4-0 on an assist by Emil Jesman Sunde.

The Billikens found the back of the net twice in the closing 10 minutes, but it was too little, too late as Rhody held on for the 4-2 win.

Scoring Summary
3:48 - URI - Richter (Davids) -- WATCH
58:45 - URI - Dickson (Oakley) -- WATCH
68:30 - URI - Richter (Davids) -- WATCH
77:58 - URI - Bailey (Jesman Sunde) -- WATCH
79:11 - SLU - Cicciarelli (Graydon)
88:20 - SLU - Hein (penalty kick)

Inside the Box Score

  • With the win, the Rams advance to Friday's semifinal matchup, where they will face second-seeded Dayton at 7:30 p.m.
  • The victory was only Rhode Island's third ever over Saint Louis as the Billikens had entered the game with an 8-2-2 advantage in the all-time series. 
  • The four goals allowed was a season-high for Saint Louis as the Billikens had conceded just one goal - on a penalty kick - over their last five games. Only #22 Akron (3), #10 Louisville (2), perennial power Indiana (3) and second-seeded Dayton (3) netted multiple goals on SLU this season.
  • With two goals on the night - including what proved to be the game-winner - freshman Dominik Richter registered the first multi-point game of his career. He now leads the team with six goals on the season.
  • Sophomore Carlo Davids assisted on both of Richter's goals, marking his second game this season with two assists. He now has 17 career points on three goals and 11 assists.
  • Sophomore Tyler Dickson scored his second career goal for the Rams, both of which have been headers off service from Ryan Oakley.
  • Oakley's assist was his league-leading eighth of the season. 
  • Sophomore Ryan Bailey's goal gave him 10 points for the season, on four goals and a pair of assists.
  • Sophomore Nils Leifhelm finished the night with five saves while his counterpart, Sascha Otte managed just one. 
  • Saint Louis' goals came from Vincent Cicciarelli and Lennart Hein.
  • Overall, the Billikens outshot the Rams 18-7 and held an 11-3 advantage in corner kicks. Rhody did not attempt its first corner until the second half.

Up Next
Rhody returns to George Mason Stadium to take on second-seeded Dayton in a semifinal matchup, Friday at 7:30 p.m.