With Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Ithaca College Bombers, the men’s soccer team has claimed its sixth-straight shutout, and remains undefeated this season. Rensselaer, which scored a goal in each of the halves, is now 5-0-1 on the year, while Ithaca, a team RPI has struggled to defeat in the past, is now 2-2-2.
After a penalty was charged on the Bombers for a foul against sophomore defenseman Brad Shelofsky, Rensselaer senior and leading scorer Lincoln Field was able to net the eventual game-winner with his fourth goal of the season off the penalty kick. Although Ithaca held a 6-4 shot advantage throughout the first half, none of its shots could make it past the watchful eyes of junior keeper Alex Penny. One of the best chances of the night for the Bombers came in the 41st minute, when junior midfielder Jeff Geyer found the ball in the middle of the field and snuck a shot through the crowd. Luckily, Penny was able to make the diving save, preserving the shutout.
The game’s second goal—the most allowed by a strong Ithaca team all season—came from freshman midfielder Tom Kelly. The goal came when Kelly was able to corral a cross pass from senior Sean Fleury and knock the ball past junior goaltender Justin Parlapiano.
Ithaca came back with a last-ditch effort in the 77th minute, Bombers freshman Ryan Noland beat three Rensselaer defenders, but saw his shot deflected before it made it to the net, creating an easy block for Penny.
The save, Penny’s fourth of the night, kept RPI’s shutout streak alive at 560:00 minutes. Rensselaer dominated the game, holding a 11-9 advantage in shots—including 7-4 on net—and had four corner kicks as opposed to none on the Bombers’ end.
The Engineers open the Liberty League schedule on the road this weekend with two games. Friday, RPI takes on the Hamilton College Continentals at 4 pm, followed by the Hobart College Statesmen on Saturday at 2 pm.
It hasn’t been an easy year for RPI field hockey as the Engineers dropped their sixth straight game on the season with a 4-1 loss to the Oneonta State Red Dragons last Wednesday. A matchup of two winless teams, Oneonta prevailed in the 4-1 victory, placing the Red Dragons 1-5 overall on the year, while Rensselaer drops to 0-6.
Despite taking the first lead of the game in the 23rd minute, the Engineers were unable to hold off the opposition. First blood came after RPI senior captain Joanna Aliprando deflected a rebounded shot past junior goaltender Leslie Dauphinais. Fellow senior Margaret Chowaniec took the original shot, which was saved by a Red Dragons defender, and jetted out to the stick of Aliprando.
Less than 10 minutes later, the Red Dragons were able to tie the game up at one after Rensselaer senior Alex Lamparski was sentenced with a foul, awarding the opposing team a penalty shot. Junior Rachel Taylor stepped up for the Red Dragons and sent the free shot over the shoulder of the Engineers’ sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Earle.
With a newfound drive, the Red Dragons quickly took the lead with the go-ahead goal a mere three minutes later. Both teams were fighting for the ball in front of the Engineers’ net, but Oneonta junior Alyssa Herzog was able to take control of it first, sending the ball under Earle’s pads for the 2-1 lead.
The Red Dragons added two more goals in the second half, the first coming near the 51st minute mark. Sophomore Andrea Van Dyke buried a rebound by Herzog for the team’s third goal of the game. Nearly 13 minutes later, at the 64th minute, senior Kathryn Kubaryk closed out scoring for the day after she sent a pass from junior Amanda Farro into the left side of Rensselaer’s net.
Dauphinais made nine saves in the win, while Earle stopped seven in the loss. Several Engineers posted multiple shots in the game, including Chowaniec who led the team with three, but none were able to get past Dauphinais.
Field hockey opens its Liberty League schedule this weekend with two road games against local rivals. Friday, the Engineers take on the Union College Dutchwomen at 4 pm, followed by a match against the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds at 2 pm on Saturday.