Women’s soccer splits in tournament play

After hosting its own tournament last weekend, the women’s soccer team traveled to Route 7-rival Union College for the Dutchwomen’s Classic. The Engineers battled to a 2-2 draw against the St. John Fischer College Cardinals on Friday and fell 1-0 to the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons. Rensselaer finished out the week 2-2-1, while the Cardinals moved to 1-3-1, and the Red Dragons improved to an undefeated 5-0.

Less than five minutes into Friday’s matinee, freshman Shannon Maguire stuffed her fourth goal of the year past senior keeper Ashley Martin just outside the box to take the early lead. Maguire wasn’t done yet, as she set up the game’s second goal with a cross pass to junior forward Danielle Redmond, who blasted a shot through the lower-left third of the net for her second tally of the year at 25:42.

However, the Cardinals quickly came back and at 26:59 placed on the board as freshman Catherine Mibaum connected with junior Megan Gee, who netted her fourth of the year to cut the deficit to one.

St. John Fischer tied the game at two in the second half, as Cardinals sophomore Kaitlin Moran set up freshman Kaytlyn Perotti for her first of the season.

Throughout the game, Rensselaer freshman Melissa Pinsonneault turned away seven saves in her collegiate debut, as Martin made 11 stops to preserve the tie.

The next afternoon was a close-fought match as the Red Dragons narrowly edged a victory from the Engineers in the final minutes of play.

It took until the 81st minute for either team to place on the board as freshman Red Dragons midfielder Taylor Teal headed the ball past Pinsonneault for her second of the season. Although Cortland controlled play for much of the game, Pinsonneault made three saves and allowed only one goal in the loss. Junior Cortland goalkeep Pam Monnier turned aside two shots to earn her fifth win of the year.

Women’s soccer returns to action with two road games this week. Today, they take on the Middlebury College Panthers at 4:30 pm, followed by a trip to Springfield, Mass. to take on the Springfield College Pride this Saturday at 3 pm.

Field Hockey

RPI field hockey continued on its five-game skid this past week with a narrow overtime loss against the Hartwick College Hawks, and a 2-0 shutout from the No. 9 SUNY Cortland Red Dragons. Rensselaer has yet to win a game this year, and is currently 0-5 on the season, while Hartwick improved to 3-0 and Cortland rose to 4-0 on the season, good to retain national ranking.

Wednesday saw the Engineers lead for the majority of the game, before a last-minute drive by the Hawks brought the game to sudden-death overtime. Despite lagging in shots 12-3, senior Margaret Chowainec buried the first goal of the game at 6:37 as she collected the ball off a defender’s stick and sent it low through traffic past junior goaltender Mackenzie Chapman for the 1-0 lead.

Both teams battled for control until Hartwick came out on top in the final two minutes of regulation. Senior Hawk Samantha Galm blasted a shot on net, but was blocked by Rensselaer senior defenseman Alex Lamparski. However, the ball ricocheted out to the stick of senior midfielder Morgan Cestari, who netted the equalizer with 1:31 remaining.

Neither team was able to bury another goal in the final minute, sending the game into overtime. Nearly five minutes in, though, the Hawks ended the game as Galm sent a shot from five yards out past sophomore netminder Briana Earle to earn the win. Chapman made four saves in net to earn her third-straight win, while Earle made three in the extended game.

Rensselaer looked to regain ground in Saturday’s afternoon match against the Red Dragons, but the nationally-ranked foe proved to be too much, shutting out the Engineers by a score of 2-0.

The first half remained scoreless as Earle denied many attempts by the Red Dragons. With nearly 11 minutes remaining in the half, Earle blocked a play by senior Lauren Eichenberger, followed by two back-to-back shots by junior Brenda Semit and freshman Liz DeWaters, respectively, with less than five minutes to the break.

However, just three minutes in the second frame, Cortland placed on the board with the eventual game-winner by sophomore Danielle Hand, who netted her team-high third of the year. Four minutes later, Eichenbeger sent a low, hard shot into the arc, where freshman Sara Woodward deflected the tally past Earle.

RPI was not to be counted out though, as junior Jess Corrigan’s shot went wide past the net, and Chowainec made an attempt on the right side that was blocked by junior goalie Ashley Hughes.

Earle made 12 saves for the Engineers in the loss, while Hughes earned her first collegiate shutout with one save.

Field hockey returns to action this afternoon at 4 pm against the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons on Harkness Field for its only match of the week.

Cross Country

Following a second-place overall finish from junior Chas Mitchell, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams were propelled to a second-place finish at the Engineers Cup held at Saratoga State Park. Also participating in the meet were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

In a field of 53 runners, Mitchell posted a time of 26:46:34 to lead RPI. Finishing sixth overall for the men was junior Brian Debronsky, coming in with a time of 27:18.97. Also in the top-10 was fellow junior Chris Frank, who finished eighth with a time of 27:31.09. MIT placed first with 25 points, followed by Rensselaer with 39. WPI finished third with 63 points.

For the women, freshmen Marie Ferro and Gracie Tilton finished third and fourth, respectively, with times of 18:55.10 and 19:02.12. Senior Erin Kyle also finished in the top 10, placing 10th with a time of 19:50.85. Placing first for the women as well was MIT with 22 points, as RPI posted 40 points for second place, and WPI with 69 points for third.

On Saturday both the men’s and women’s team will travel to Oneonta, N.Y. to participate in the Oneonta Airfield Invitational, hosted by Oneonta State. The women’s race begins at 5 pm, while the men’s race will start at 5:45 pm.