By Art Chill
WEST CHESTER, PA – After the amazing win the night before, the Roadrunners had to win one more to qualify for Nationals. Fordham University had won earlier in the day defeating George Mason University to advance to Nationals. The winner of the Ramapo Indiana University of PA; another team the Roadrunners never faced before, would qualify as the second Regional winner to go to Nationals.
Ramapo drew first blood. Gary Ragusa from Thomas Stapleton and Eddie Dahdah at 5:47. David Sabato upped the Roadrunners lead to 2-0 at 14:56. Ragusa received the assist. Ramapo took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Stapleton opened the second period scoring at 3:34. Keith Henning and Bobby Spetz assisted on the goal. The Roadrunners opened a commanding 3-0 lead. Ramapo appeared to have the game under control. Until, the Crimson Hawks scored two goals 14 seconds apart at 8:24 and 8:38. Ramapo’s three goal lead quickly evaporated. IUP was now in the game. But Ramapo was not to be denied a berth at Nationals. Zack Toy from Luke Campomenosi and Spetz at 15:04 gave Ramapo a two-goal cushion, 4-2. Spetz buried the puck in the back of the Crimson Hawks net at 18:40; Kyle DeBel assisted on the play. Ramapo took a commanding 5-2 lead at the end of two periods. Ironically, that I the same lead MMA had over Ramapo after two periods the night before. But unlike MMA, the Roadrunners never let IUP score in the third period. Eddie Dahdah scored a short-handed goal at 4:40 giving Ramapo a 6-2 lead. There was no further scoring in the third period. Sean Gordon turned back 47 of 49 shots. The Roadrunners completed their mission of winning both games at Regionals.
The victory sent Ramapo and Fordham off to join Farmingdale and Fairfield as the four teams representing the Atlantic Region in Dallas, Texas. It’s been quite a season. Little did Ramapo think that the 2019-20 season would be this successful playing against the top tier teams in the Atlantic Region. The win gave the Roadrunners a 17-5-1-1 record. The team has just two weeks to prepare and then off to Dallas on 3/25. They drew the University of South Florida on 3/26; Sault College of Sault Saint Marie, Ontario, Canada on 3/27; and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on 3/28. If Ramapo survives pool play, they move onto the semi-finals round, which starts on 3/29. Being on the national stage should help put Ramapo College as a force with which to be reckoned. It should also be a good recruiting tool. The games will be streamed for those who are interested. The scores will be on the team’s website.