Rhode Island Wins Seventh A-10 Title, Clinches NCAA Bid

Rhode Island Wins Seventh A-10 Title, Clinches NCAA Bid

Starters: Penske (GK), Karterud, Kristiansen, Middrup, Benco, Zarokostas, Richter, Dickson, Brangman, Daley, Akselsen
Substitutes: Jesman Sunde, Trcka, Gesmundo

Starters: Gronek (GK), Williams, Edwards, Pertusa, Robinson, Akinlosuto, Mingachos, Lawal, Ibikunle, Scoliere, Malinowski
Substitutes: Brezniak, Sverrisson, Von Westphalen

Scoring Summary
15:10 – URI – Richter (penalty kick)
85:13 – URI – Jesman Sunde (Kristiansen, Brangman)

How It Happened
Fourth-seeded Rhode Island won the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship, beating third-seeded George Mason 2-0 Sunday afternoon to win the seventh conference title in program history. With the win, the Rams clinched the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship and will make their 12th appearance in the tournament in team history.

The Rams (15-4) got on the board early when Dominik Richter converted a penalty kick just 15:10 into the match. Chae Brangman was taken down inside the box to set up the opportunity for Rhode Island.

In the 86th minute, Emil Jesman Sunde put the game away when he buried a shot from straight on. Brangman and Peder Kristiansen assisted on the goal.

George Mason (9-8) managed four shots on goal in the second half, but Rhode Island's defense turned them all away. Roger Penske made four saves in the second half to preserve the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • The shutout was Rhode Island's ninth of the season, tying the most since the Rams had 13 in 1999. Rhody also had nine clean sheets in 2014.
  • Rhode Island's five goals in the tournament came from five different players as Dominik Richter, senior Chae Brangman, junior Stavros Zarokostas, grad student Tyler Dickson and senior Emil Jesman Sunde each scored once.
  • The goal for Jesman Sunde was his first of the season. 
  • Freshman goalkeeper Roger Penske recorded six saves for his third shutout of the tournament. He made 19 saves without allowing a goal over the three games.
  • Rhode Island is now 8-4 in Atlantic 10 tournament games under head coach Gareth Elliott.
  • Elliott has now been a part of six of URI's seven A-10 titles. He won two titles as a player (1999, 2000), three as an assistant coach (2003, 2005, 2006) and now one as head coach.
  • This is the first conference title in 12 seasons for Rhode Island.
  • Rhode Island has 15 wins for the fifth time in program history. The Rams won 19 in 1995, 17 in 1999 and 2000, and 16 in 1996.  

Up Next
Rhode Island has qualified for the NCAA Championship field, which will be officially announced Monday afternoon.