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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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Athletes of the Week: The Rensselaer Men’s Golf Team

This week’s athletes of the week are the RPI men’s golf team. This past weekend, the Engineers won the team competition at the Williams Fall Invitational. The event featured 19 teams from around the northeast, two of which came from … Continue reading

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Football loses in high-scoring game to Alfred

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute football lost its home opener on a rainy Saturday afternoon, in an out-of-league matchup against the Alfred University Saxons. RPI played in front of an enthusiastic home crowd for their home debut. The Engineers, having won the … Continue reading

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PSS: women’s soccer kicks it

LAST THURSDAY EVENING, RPI WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM FACED Plattsburgh State at East Campus Stadium. The game started as a defensive struggle, in which each team managed only a single shot in the first 20 minutes of action. Then, in the 23rd minute, the Cardinals crossed the ball into the Engineers’ box where Cardinal midfielder Cammey Keyser attempted a header. But just like Plattsburgh’s first attempt, this shot also went wide. Two shots by senior midfielder Sandy Kirk and freshman forward Dali Alarian in the 32nd and 33rd minutes, respectively, forced Cardinal goalie Danielle Schmitt to make two incredible saves. Three more tries by RPI were likewise turned away in the final minutes of the first half, the best coming on a header from junior midfielder Coley Mowder that looked as if it would go in but bounced harmlessly off of the Plattsburgh post.
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Athlete of the Week: Jeff Avery

This week’s Athlete of the Week is RPI junior quarterback Jeff Avery. Despite this past week’s loss to Alfred University, Avery exhibited dynamic playmaking ability, throwing for 185 yards and four touchdowns. Two touchdowns of eight and 36 yards went … Continue reading

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RPI Football prepares for 2014 season

Engineers will play Alfred University in home opener this weekend following road win

This past Saturday, Rensselaer football opened its season at Norwich University in northern Vermont. Though RPI’s offense played well, it was the defense that set the tone, keeping the Cadets out of the end zone until the game was well … Continue reading

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Field Hockey loses home-opener to Lyons

SOPHOMORE MIFIELDER KATRINA MCLEOD OUTPACES a Mount Holyoke player in the Engineers 3-1 loss against the Lyons at Harkness Field.

On Saturday, September 6, RPI field hockey hosted Mount Holyoke in its first home game of the season. During the opening 10 minutes of the contest, the Engineers held off a persistent Lyon attack. Holyoke fired four shots off of … Continue reading

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PSS: a single kick

LAST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, RPI MEN’S SOCCER PLAYED its first home game against Richard Stockton College. In the first half, both teams had several chances to score. RPI goalie senior Rob Dewald saved three Stockton attempts in the first 26 minutes of play. The visiting squad’s aggression increased as the game wore on. Four Richard Stockton players received yellow cards for illegal challenges. In the second half, RPI intensified its defense, allowing only three shots (two wide, one blocked) the entire 45 minutes. Offensively, Stockton penalties allowed the Engineers a number of chances. In the 66th minute, a free kick by senior Matt Koziol snaked past the Stockton defense to give Rensselaer a 1-0 lead, which it held for the duration of the match. RPI will put its 3-0-1 record to the test on Wednesday, September 10 against Lyndon State College (Vt.) at ECAV Stadium.
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Interview: Seth Appert talks men’s hockey program

Men’s hockey head coach considers prospects for heavily anticipated Division I season

HEAD MEN’S HOCKEY COACH SETH APPERT SPEAKS to the media following in a file photo following RPI’s victory over Union College in the second annual Mayor’s Cup Game held at the Times Union Center January 25. Appert interviewed with the Poly Press Pass staff during the Class of 2018’s NRB week, and spoke about the Engineers’ upcoming season, which begins October 4 at the Houston Field House.

When presented with the opportunity to interview Seth Appert, we wanted to gain some insight into the coach’s and team’s past in preparation for this year’s season. Appert grew up in Cottage Grove, Minn. where he began playing hockey at … Continue reading

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Ultimate Frisbee Club welcomes incoming freshmen

Club teaches fundamentals to freshmen; runs round robin tournament in afternoon

FIRST-YEAR PARTICIPANTS IN THE ULTIMATE FRISBEE NRB EVENT PRACTICE their throws of the disc. The participants worked with members of RPI TRUDGE, the on-campus frisbee club.

Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond events were held on August 20, including ultimate frisbee at Upper Renwyck Field. In order to advance the interest of the sport and provide an opportunity for fitness and challenge amongst other RPI undergraduates, students tested … Continue reading

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PSS: has anybody seen the snitch?

We got to experience quidditch firsthand on the field. RPI has its own club for quidditch as well as a team. Originating from Harry Potter , quidditch has become really popular. This game has become so serious that there is a 118­-page rulebook associated with it. The International Quidditch Association has been governing the sport for quite a while now and encourages young people to make the sport from a work of fiction come alive. There are now more than 300 schools participating in this game. Students get pretty competitive when it comes to quidditch, no less than soccer or football. During NRB week, students held a game on Renwyck Field. They arranged themselves into four teams based on the different houses in the Harry Potter series. Slytherin and Ravenclaw sat on the sidelines while Hufflepuff and Gryffindor played the first game. Hufflepuff scored the first goal. Most, if not all the students, were Harry Potter fans. Sam Slavitt ’18 said his favorite house was Ravenclaw, as he considered the house to consist of the smart ones. Avery Calhiun ’18 said, “I’m a Slytherin!” She says her qualities to be ambitious as well as aggressive on the field are why she was put into this house. It was clear students were having fun while being competitive as well. The RPI quidditch club seems to be very inviting, regardless of whether one knows the game or not. The game has an actual team that competes with other schools, but the club also allows students to join for fun.
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PSS: throwin’ down on the ’86

As Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond goes on, the ’86 Field welcomed the world of dancing, fighting, and rhythm. A group of first year students learned the traditional martial art of Capoeira. Originally from Brazil, Capoiera is a combination of art and game. While performing, the freshmen lowered their bodies in a self-defense position. In the position, they then moved back-and-forth while preparing to attack. In the background, berimbau, a single stringed instrument, was played to help the fighters find a rhythm while performing. When the right time comes, they then attack with a direct, swirling kick towards the opponent’s head, which the opponent should evade. As the freshmen practiced the complex moves, they slowly learned the style’s intracacies and movements.
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Women’s lacrosse takes Liberty League title

RPI IS HEADING to the NCAA tournament following League win.

On the weekend of May 2, the RPI women’s lacrosse team hosted the Liberty League Conference tournament, a two-day, four-team event. After coming from behind to defeat Vassar College in the semifinals on Saturday, RPI emerged victorious in the Liberty … Continue reading

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