RHODE ISLAND (4-0-0)
Starters: Schmidt (GK), Karterud, Kristiansen, Middrup, Benco, Zarokostas, Richter, Jesman Sunde, Dickson, Brangman, Daley
Substitutes: Akselsen, Gaudreau, Cook, Sherman, Drayer, B. Basara, P. Basara, Gesmundo
HOLY CROSS (0-2-1)
Starters: Stutz (GK), Barsic, Mujan, Birse, Milidragovic, Azrak, Brummett, Krause, Hellmann-Rhodes, Houlihan, Place
Substitutes: Becher, Scanley, Butler, Bell, Leahy, Chacon, Andre
9:48 - URI - Dickson (Richter)
48:03 - URI - Akselsen (Karterud)
49:03 - URI - Akelsen (Zarokostas)
How It Happened
For the second time in program history, Rhode Island (4-0-0) has opened the season with four consecutive shutouts, as the Rams beat Holy Cross 3-0 Wednesday night.
Two players making their debut had a major impact for URI. Junior goalkeeper Stefan Schmidt stopped all three shots that he faced - including one from point blank range - while redshirt freshman Edvin Akselsen scored two goals in a span of one minute in the second half to spark the victory.
Tyler Dickson gave Rhode Island the early lead, scoring his second goal of the season in the 10th minute off a corner kick from Dominik Richter. Akselsen removed all drama early in the second half, scoring at 48:03 and again at 49:03 to open the three-goal advantage.
The Rams defense kept the pressure off Schmidt, limiting the Crusaders (0-2-1) to just four total shots.
Inside the Box Score
- The only other time Rhode Island began the season with four straight shutouts was 1995. The Rams blanked Canisius (4-0), Rider (3-0), Maine (2-0) and Yale (4-0) that season. In the fifth game, URI beat La Salle, 3-2.
- Senior Dominik Richter assisted on Rhode Island's first goal of the night. He has now recorded an assist in each of Rhody's four games this season and has six points overall (1g/4a).
- Junior Stavros Zarokostas picked up his first assist of the season. He now has 39 career points in 40 total games for Rhode Island.
- Freshman Sondre Karterud assisted on Edvin Akselsen's first goal of the night. Karterud now has two assists.
- Freshmen brothers also Philipp Basara and Boris Basara both made their collegiate debuts for Rhode Island. The twins from Graz, Austria both entered in the second half.
- Through four games, Rhode Island has allowed just 13 shots on goal.
- Rhode Island had an 11-3 edge in shots on goal.
The Rams return to action on Saturday night when they play at Marist at 7 p.m.