Robert Morris Colonials
|Robert Morris Colonials|
|University||Robert Morris University|
|Conference||Northeast Conference (Football)
Atlantic Hockey (Men's Ice Hockey)
College Hockey America (Women's Ice Hockey)
Colonial Athletic Association (Men's Lacrosse)
|Athletic director||Craig Coleman, M.D.|
|Location||Moon Township, PA|
|Varsity teams||23 (16 after the 2013-14 season)|
|Football stadium||Joe Walton Stadium|
|Basketball arena||RMU Island Sports Complex|
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The Robert Morris Colonials are the athletic teams for Robert Morris University, in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. The Colonials compete in NCAA Division I (FCS, formerly Division I-AA, in football). The Colonials are members of the Northeast Conference in all sports except men's ice hockey (Atlantic Hockey), women's ice hockey (College Hockey America), men's lacrosse (Colonial Athletic Association), and women's rowing (independent). The school colors are RMU Blue, RMU Red, and RMU Gray/Silver.
Robert Morris fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field. Women's teams are fielded in basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
In December 2013, Robert Morris announced the school was cutting seven sports programs after the 2013-14 season: men's indoor and outdoor track, tennis and cross country and women's golf, tennis and field hockey.
Men's and women's basketball
The men's and women's basketball teams play in the Charles L. Sewall Center.
The men's team, which achieved NCAA Division I status starting with the 1976-77 season, has played in seven NCAA Tournaments:
- 1982 Lost to Indiana (first round)
- 1983 Lost to Purdue (first round)
- 1989 Lost to Arizona (first round)
- 1990 Lost to Kansas (first round)
- 1992 Lost to UCLA (first round)
- 2009 Lost to Michigan State (first round)
- 2010 Lost to Villanova (first round)
In 1983, they won their only NCAA Tournament game, a "play-in" game against Georgia Southern, which earned them the right to play Purdue in the first round.
The men's team played in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 2008, 2013, and 2014. They defeated defending national champion Kentucky in the first round of the 2013 NIT, a game that was played on the Robert Morris campus because Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY, was not available.
In recent years, both the men's and women's teams have had success in their conference. The women's team won the NEC Championship in 2008 and made an appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, only to bow out in the first round to Rutgers. The women's team won the NEC Championship again in 2014, losing to Notre Dame in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
The men's team won the 2009 NEC Championship, beating Mount St. Mary's 48-46. With the win, the school qualified for the 2009 NCAA Tournament, their sixth trip to the tournament. Their seventh trip came a year later, when the Colonials became the first team to beat Quinnipiac on the Bobcats' home court all season. The 52-50 win set up a date with Villanova in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Behind 23 points from freshman guard Karon Abraham, No. 15 Robert Morris nearly pulled off an upset of the No. 2 Wildcats, leading much of the game before falling 73-70 in overtime.
The men's ice hockey team competes in NCAA DI Atlantic Hockey, and the women's team competes in NCAA DICollege Hockey America. RMU also fields a men's ACHA DI team that is a member of the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League.
Since 2006, the ice hockey team has hosted the Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase at Mellon Arena. The 2010 match-up featured No. 1 ranked Miami (Ohio). The 3–12–3 Colonials upset the RedHawks, 3–1. Two days later the Colonials won again at Miami. The Colonials' biggest previous win since the program was started in 2004 was against No. 2 Notre Dame in 2007. Former professional hockey-player David Hanson (of Slap Shot fame) currently manages RMU's Island Sports Complex.
The football and lacrosse teams play in Joe Walton Stadium, named in honor of former football team head coach Joe Walton, formerly the head coach of the NFL's New York Jets in the 1980s, and who started the program at Robert Morris in 1993. Walton led the team to the first Northeast Conference championship in 1996 and guided it to a perfect 10-0 season in 2000. Also, in 2010, Walton coached the Colonials football team to the NEC's inaugural bid to the FCS Playoffs with their league-high sixth regular-season championship. Walton retired after the 2013 program, handing the reigns over to top assistant John Banaszak, who won multiple Super Bowls as a defensive end with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On February 14, 2009, the men's lacrosse team defeated Penn State 12-11 in double overtime in the program's biggest victory at Joe Walton Stadium.
- Robert Morris University – Graphic Standards Manual
- "Official Site of Robert Morris Athletics". Retrieved 2010-01-03.
- Robert Morris to cut 7 programs
- Sanserino, Michael (January 9, 2010). "Pittsburgh Hockey Showcase: Colonials upset Miami, 3-1". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- RMU Colonials Head Coach Joe Walton bio at RMU Colonials Athletics website
- Robert Morris Colonials official website
- Colonials christen Joe Walton Stadium
- Robert Morris University official website