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Women’s soccer enters final stretch of season

SENIOR FORWARD SAM LAMORTE VIES for the ball. (File Photo)

On Friday, October 17, the RPI women’s soccer team hosted Rochester Institute of Technology in its fifth Liberty League matchup of the season. In the opening half, Rensselaer struggled offensively but still mustered three shots on goal, while RIT only … Continue reading

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Athlete of the Week:

Taylor Korytko

This week’s athlete of the week is senior midfielder Taylor Korytko of RPI women’s soccer. This past weekend, Korytko scored two goals on Friday in Rensselaer’s 3-0 victory over visiting Rochester Institute of Technology and a third on Saturday in … Continue reading

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Women’s rugby suffers loss on road

The RPI women’s rugby team suffered a narrow loss to the State University of New York at Oneonta this past Saturday, October 18. The Engineers fought hard in cold, rainy conditions but could only come up with 10 points against … Continue reading

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Women’s rugby takes Siena for 37-14 victory

SENIOR FORWARD JANE BRAUN PASSES the ball to teammate junior forward Sarah Bogdan in the Engineers’ match against Siena at Anderson Field on Thursday, October 10. RPI won the game 37-14 to improve their regular season record to 3-1.

The RPI women’s rugby team demolished Siena 37-14 last Thursday, October 10, improving their record to 3-1 with two games left in the season. The Engineers started strong and stayed dominant. Minutes into the game, freshman wing Jackie Walton scored … Continue reading

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Football suffers tough loss for Reunion & Homecoming

RPI DEFENSIVEBACKS SENIOR NICK BORKOWSKI, JUNIOR PHILIP LANIERI III, AND SOPHOMORE LINEBACKER ALEXANDER GREENIDGE TAKE the field.

On Saturday, October 11, RPI football hosted St. Lawrence for their homecoming matchup. The Institute found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard as they suffered their second loss of the season, 24-10. RPI had a weak day offensively … Continue reading

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Field hockey falls short twice

FRESHMAN MIDFIELDER KATE BAZINGER SKIRTS past a William Smith College player in RPI’s loss at home against the Herons Saturday, October 11 at home on Harkness Field.

This past weekend, RPI field hockey hosted the University of Rochester Yellowjackets and William Smith College Herons on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, respectively. In the opener, the Engineers battled valiantly against a Rochester squad, which had only … Continue reading

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Athlete of the Week:

Matt Carberry

This week’s athlete of the week is men’s soccer player junior midfielder Matt Carberry. In two games last week, Carberry scored both game-winning goals for the Engineers, who went 2-0. Last Wednesday against Union College, Carberry scored on a free … Continue reading

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Women’s ice hockey defeated 4-2 by Vermont

SOPHOMORE FORWARD LAURA HORWOOD FIGHTS for possession of the puck with an opposing University of Vermont skater in RPI’s 4-2 loss October 11.

On Saturday, October 11, RPI women’s hockey held its regular season home opener against the University of Vermont Catamounts at the Houston Fieldhouse. After scoring twice in the second period to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission, the … Continue reading

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Men’s hockey starts year with a bang

JUNIOR FORWARD MARK MILLER EVADES a University of Prince Edward Island player while advancing the puck down the ice during the Engineers’ exhibition game against the Panthers on October 4 at the Houston Field House. The game, which was RPI’s first of the season, ended with a score of 5-2 in favor of the home team.

The first “Let’s Go Red!” chants of the hockey season were yelled on Saturday, October 4, as the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers played the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers at the Houston Field House. The RPI Pep Band played … Continue reading

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PSS: halfway there

THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE RPI MEN’S SOCCER TEAM PLAYED two home games against Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University on Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4, respectively. RPI defeated Clarkson 3-0 but followed the win with a 0-2 defeat at the hands of St. Lawrence the next afternoon. In Friday’s matchup between the Engineers and Golden Knights, both teams started out slowly. In the first half, the Engineers managed just two shots on goal, both saved by Clarkson goalie Michael King, while Clarkson managed only one, which was likewise saved by senior goalie Rob Dewald. Early in the second half, Clarkson took control, firing off two shots on Dewald, who turned them away in the 52nd and 61st minutes. But then the momentum shifted to the Engineers, setting the stage for an electrifying display of scoring. In the 70th minute, senior midfielder Matt Koziol scored on an assist from sophomore midfielder Dylan Weitz to give Rensselaer a 1-0 lead. Then in the 80th minute, junior forward Matt Carberry scored on an assist from junior forward Nathaniel Gunderson. Finally, to cap off the scoring, RPI freshman midfielder Steven Collins scored less than two minutes later. It was his first collegiate goal. Saturday’s game started slowly as well. In the first half, St. Lawrence fired off four shots, but none of them were on line. Meanwhile, shots by Weitz and Koziol were both turned away by St. Lawrence goalkeeper Sean Houston. In the second half, St. Lawrence shot seven times. Five shots were blocked, wide, or high. The other two went in the net. The first came on a Harry Copeland header 53 minutes in to the game. Later, in the 81st minute, St. Lawrence midfielder Jonathan Mendoza assisted defender Austin Roney to give the Saints an insurmountable 2-0 lead. Three shots by RPI in the final minute were all batted away or corralled by Houston, and the Saints held on for the 2-0 win. The Engineers will face off against Union College on Wednesday, October 8 in Schenectady, before hosting Bard College on Saturday, October 11 for homecoming weekend and senior night.
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Rugby completes comeback win

FRESHMAN FORWARD REBECCA NGUYEN ATTEMPTS to push past the Hamilton defense in the October 4 game. RPI won the game 27-24.

The RPI women’s rugby team was victorious in their first home match of the season Saturday, October 4, beating Hamilton College 27-24 in a fast-paced, exciting game. Hamilton came out strong, scoring the first try, which was successfully converted, giving … Continue reading

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Athlete of the Week:

Curtis Leonard

This week’s athlete of the week is RPI men’s hockey senior defender Curtis Leonard. In the exhibition game last Saturday against Prince Edward Island University, Leonard scored two goals. The first came with one minute and eight seconds left in … Continue reading

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Rensselaer defense thwarts Worcester offense

Engineers reclaim Transit Trophy with 27-6 victory in first night home game in three years

GRADUATE STUDENT RUNNING BACK REGGIE COLAS ESCAPES multiple tackles into the end zone to score the first touchdown in the Engineers’ 27-6 victory.

On Saturday, September 27, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted rival Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the annual Transit Trophy game. RPI had a lot of support, as the stands were packed cheering for a victory. Saturday’s game marked RPI’s first league game … Continue reading

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Field Hockey shut out win

RPI wasted little time on Sunday, firing seven shots off in the first eleven minutes of action against the State University of New York Geneseo. Five of the shots were corralled by Geneseo goalie Dayna Mercer and the other two … Continue reading

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PSS: strong out of the gates

ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, RPI WOMEN’S HOCKEY HOSTED the Ottawa Junior Senators for an exhibition matchup at Houston Field House. The game started with a quick score for the Engineers. With just 31 seconds gone by, sophomore Katie Rooney collected the rebound from her own shot and fired the puck past Senator goaltender Tanya Winchcombe to give Rensselaer a 1-0 advantage. The Senators settled in defensively, as Winchocombe gathered eight saves in the opening period. RPI countered with tight, hard-hitting defense of its own, allowing the Senators only three shots on goal in the first period. Early in the second, RPI scored its second goal of the evening. RPI junior defender Brandi Banks skated forward to collect a loose puck in the Senators’ zone, knocking it away from a few nearby Senator defenders. Then freshman Whitney Renn grabbed the still loose puck and zipped it past Winchocombe to give Rensselaer a 2-0 lead in the contest’s 27th minute. After making just four saves, RPI senior starting goalie Kelly O’ Brien was pulled midway through the second period with the Engineers holding a comfortable 2-0 lead. Senior backup Brianna Piper came in and made six saves to allow RPI to hold on to its 2-0 shutout victory. The important statistic of the game was shots on goal. While Rensselaer scored twice on 31 total shots on goal, Ottawa managed only 10 shots on goal for the entire 60 minutes, all of which were saved by O’Brien and Piper. Both teams did a solid job killing power plays; Ottawa stopped RPI on each of its three power plays while the Engineers stopped the Senators on both of their power play opportunities. Next weekend, RPI will travel to the Midwest to take on the University of North Dakota and Bemidji State University to open their season.
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Athlete of the Week:

Andrew Franks

This week’s athlete of the week is RPI football’s senior All-American kicker, Andrew Franks. This past Saturday against Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Franks broke the record for longest field goal in RPI school history with a 51-yarder in the first quarter. … Continue reading

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Men’s rugby starts year in dominant fashion

RPI romps Marist Red Foxes at home with 43-12 victory pairing strong offense and defense

EXCHANGE STUDENT PETER CALAITZOPOULOS RUSHES with the ball in the opening rugby game Saturday September 20 at Anderson Field which RPI won 43-12.

The RPI men’s club rugby team took on Marist on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Anderson Field. The Engineers started strong in their first game of the year, crushing the Red Foxes 43 to 12. RPI has high hopes for … Continue reading

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Field Hockey: Loss at home

Skidmore wins 5-2 in first League game

This past Saturday at Harkness Field, Skidmore scored early and often against the RPI field hockey team. Right from the start, the Engineers defense was challenged by a potent Thoroughbred attack, which fired off three quick shots on RPI senior … Continue reading

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PSS: shut them down

ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, RPI WOMEN’S SOCCER FACED OFF against the Mount Holyoke Lyons at the East Campus Stadium. The Engineers unleashed an attack on the Lyons’ goal early and often. But, nine shots on goal, including two from senior midfielder Taylor Korytko and three from sophomore forward Cori Winslow, resulted in nine saves for Holyoke goalie Zoe Marshall. In the second half, the Holyoke defense broke down, allowing two RPI goals in a span of 10 minutes. In the 62nd minute, Korytko scored from the left side of the box assisted by Winslow. Then in the 70th minute, junior forward Kate Edwards scored off a cross from freshman defender Stephanie May. The final score was 2-0 favoring RPI. Women’s soccer will travel to the University of Rochester on September 27 at 7 pm.
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PSS: smashing through opponents

SINCE THE EXCELSIOR WOMEN’S RUGBY CONFERENCE WAS FOUNDED in 2012, the rivalry between RPI and Colgate University has been fierce. After coming out on top in their last two encounters, the RPI women suffered their first defeat against Colgate last Saturday 22-7. At times, it seemed like every scrum was an RPI scrum, thanks to the superior footwork of junior hooker Katie Cummins, who frustrated Colgate repeatedly by winning the ball on their throw. Cummins was also impressive in open field play, and was a major contributor to RPI’s successful rucking. RPI dominated in the second half, maintaining possession of the ball and controlling the game. The centre pairing of junior Sarah Bogdan and senior Lynette Lacek continued to flourish, with Bogdan scoring RPI’s sole try early in the second half. The try was successfully converted with a kick by freshman Jackie Walton, which marks her first score in a league match. The next match is on October 4 at 1 pm at home vs. Hamilton Women’s rugby club on Anderson Field.
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