No. 19 LAX tackle difficult opponents

The men’s lacrosse team was back in action this past week and continued to write its undefeated season.

On March 17, the Engineers traveled to SUNY Oneonta to face the Red Dragons on a sunny afternoon. The first goal of the game came halfway through the first quarter by the Red Dragons, but the Engineers were ready to answer the threat less than a minute later when sophomore Tyler Hutchinson secured a goal for RPI. The Engineers kept up the momentum and went on a 6-0 run that brought them near the end of the second period where they entered halftime in the lead, 7-3.

Two minutes into the third quarter, senior Devin Arnold, who also scored in the first half, added another goal to bring the Engineer’s lead to 8-3. However, the Red Dragons followed close behind. RPI was unable to add any more goals in the fourth quarter, but freshman goalie James Manchester held strong, allowing RPI to come out on top, 8-6.

Manchester finished the game with 10 saves while senior Paul Cerone led the team with two goals, two assists, and a game-best six ground balls. Freshman David Hey added a goal and an assist, while senior Bryant Johnson and sophomore Andrew Liptak each had one goal.

The Engineers added another win to their record this past Saturday against the Elmira College Soaring Eagles. Elmira opened the game with a goal 11 minutes into the first quarter, but RPI fought back to claim nine out of the next 10 goals for a 9-2 advantage early in the third quarter. The Soaring Eagles scored three of the next four goals to bring it to a five point game, but the Engineers came back to add five of the final six goals to bring the final score to 15-6 in their favor.

Junior Nick Billy had a team-high five points on two goals and three assists. Johnson added four goals while Chochles and Arnold contributed three goals and one assist each. Manchester finished with 13 saves.

These past two games have added to the team’s undefeated 5-0 record as they enter their Liberty League lineup. Head Coach Jim Townsend also earned the school record for career wins with 110 games. He is now 110-73 in his career, breaking the 109-26-2 record of Ned Harkness, coach of the team from 1945–1954 and 1956–1958.

Following the weekend, the team was selected as No. 19 in the nation in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III Top 20 poll.

The Engineers will face Montclair State University this Saturday in a non-conference match, and they will then host Skidmore College in their second Liberty League game of the season on March 31.