Women's lacrosse taks down No. 12 Nazareth

The women’s lacrosse team rebounded from a difficult home opener last Tuesday with a win over No. 12 in the nation Nazareth College this past Saturday at Renwyck Field. The Engineers bounced back to earn the 12-11 decision over the Golden Flyers to improve their record to 2-2. Nazareth, with the loss, drops to 3-2 on the season. Junior Afton Marshall led the charge against the Golden Flyers, tallying a game-high four goals—including the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining on the clock.

The Engineers held a commanding 5-3 lead through the opening half of play. However, Nazareth responded with two quick goals to open the second half, knotting the game up at five. Junior Stephanie Caouette’s goal at the 22:31 mark gave RPI the lead once again, but goals from Nazareth junior Kristine Olijnyk and senior Jennifer Young within 10 seconds of each other pulled the Golden Flyers ahead 7-6 with 21 minutes remaining in regulation.

It didn’t take long for Rensselaer to make a comeback, as freshman Shannon Maguire notched a goal a mere 13 seconds after Young’s, followed by Marshall’s second of the game to make it an 8-7 contest in favor of the Engineers. Both teams battled it out back-and-forth until RPI’s senior captain Sam Fennessey tallied a goal to make it a 10-9 game. Marshall added her third of the night to make it an 11-9 game, but Olijnyk found the back of the net once again for the Golden Flyers to cut the deficit down to one.

Marshall notched her last of the game with 1:46 remaining on the clock, and despite a last-ditch effort by Nazareth senior Nora Davis to cut the lead down once again, the Engineers held on and walked away with the win.

In addition to Marshall’s four goals, she also collected an assist for a game-high five points. Maguire collected three goals on the day, while freshman Alissa Peterson posted a game-high three assists. Fennessey added two goals and an assist, and Caouette contributed a goal and two assists in the win. Senior netminder Ariana Hood blocked eight shots for the victory.

The women’s lacrosse team continues its homestand this Saturday at Renwyck Field when the Engineers host the SUNY Potsdam Bears at 1 pm.

Women’s Tennis

RPI women’s tennis opened its spring season on the road at St. Lawrence University. Unfortunately for the Engineers, the Saints kept their unbeaten streak alive as SLU shutout Rensselaer 9-0 this past Saturday in Canton, N.Y. The Engineers fall to 0-2 on the season, while the Saints improve to 7-0.

In the first match of the day, senior Christine Roe and junior Jessica Sitzer fell to St. Lawrence juniors Stephanie Finn and Casey Gilman in an 8-1 loss. The No. 2 match ended in a similar fashion, with senior Kim Viles and freshman Hetal Baman dropping the contest 8-3. In the final doubles match, sophomore Zosia Casterline and freshman Brianna Dickie were shutout 8-0.

In singles play, the Saints took all matches in two sets. Finn defeated Roe in the No. 1 match by scores of 6-0 and 6-0, while Gilman took down Sitzer by marks of 6-1 and 6-3. The teams’ third singles match of the day pitted SLU freshman Shannon Murphy against Dickie, where Murphy was declared victor after 6-1 and 6-2 sets. In the final two decisions, St. Lawrence freshman Elizabeth Geer defeated Baman, while sophomore Sara Willet stood tall against Viles.

Rensselaer’s next contest is slated for this Sunday at 2 pm versus SUNY Oneonta, followed by a Wednesday matchup against SUNY Cobleskill on the road at 4 pm.

Men’s Tennis

In its first match of the year, the men’s tennis team was swept by the St. Lawrence University Saints at Newell Field House in Canton, N.Y., by a score of 9-0. The Engineers are now 0-1 on the season, while the Saints improved to 6-3.

Through doubles play, the Saints restricted RPI to no more than two points in each set. Junior Tony Wilkey and freshman Philip Jackley defeated RPI sophomores Matthew Asher and Patrick Russo 8-0 in the first match. No. 2 doubles junior Evan Creer and sophomore Kyle Borton were taken down in an 8-2 loss by senior Chris McDonald and junior Ren Gates, followed by an 8-0 loss to Rensselaer juniors James Fitzgerald and Adam Generale from SLU seniors Christopher Tamm and Chris Rodilosso.

Singles play proved no better for the Engineers, with nearly the entire squad shut out by the Saints. In the No. 1 spot, freshman Michael Hayden took down Creer in a pair of 6-0 decisions, while Wilkey defeated Asher by scores of 6-0 and 6-1 in the No. 2 spot. RPI senior Alex Franz fell in the No. 3 spot to Jackley by two scores of 6-0 as Borton faced the same fate in the No. 4 spot from freshman Adam Gerber. The final two matches of the day saw McDonald defeat freshman Kenny Weiand 6-0 and 6-1, and Generale fall to Gates by scores of 6-0 and 6-2.

The Engineers look to redeem themselves with three matchups this week. The first is scheduled to take place at home on Sharp Courts this Saturday at 2 pm against St. John Fisher College. Sunday, RPI will travel to Oneonta, N.Y., to take on the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons at 4 pm, followed by a game on Tuesday at SUNY Cobleskill, also at 4 pm.

Track & Field

Men and women’s track & field are set to begin their season this Saturday in the RPI Early Outdoor Invitational to be held at Harkness Field. A start time has yet to be announced. Both squads should field strong teams, with several key competitors returning for the 2010 season, and following a spectacular indoor season.

Returnees from the women’s team include sophomore Ariel Mingrone, juniors Connor Ahlborn and Christine Koch, senior Ariel Hubert, and several others. For the men’s team, seniors Kyle Barden, Leo Pavlovsky, and Justin Metzger, and juniors Brian Debronsky, Chris Frank, Garrett Harms, and Hermanus Van Der Schijff, are expected to provide great seasons once again for the team.

Softball

The softball team was idle this week after completing spring training in Clermont, Fla. After shouldering a surprising six losses in the Sunshine State, the team is looking to keep the momentum of a three-game winning streak for the start of non-conference play later this week. The team, captained by senior shortstop Becky Bailey and junior third baseman Genevieve Falco, will hit the road for a series of doubleheaders. The first is set to take place Friday at Alfred University at 5 pm, followed by a trip to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on the Ithaca College Bombers on Saturday at 1 pm. The Engineers’ final games of the week are scheduled to take place at Castleton State College, with the first game of the twinbill at 3 pm on Tuesday.

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