RPI women’s lacrosse remains perfect on its season after earning a come-from-behind victory over Clarkson University on Friday, and a narrow 12-10 win over the St. Lawrence University Saints on Saturday. The two triumphs put the Engineers 9-0 overall on the season, including a 4-0 mark in the Liberty League.
Friday’s match saw the Clarkson Golden Knights score three quick goals to start the first half. However, sophomore Meg Colitz responded with two tallies to pull the Engineers within one. Clarkson added another goal in the half before consecutive goals from senior Madeline Sisson knotted the score at four-all heading to the intermission.
Once again Clarkson opened the half, and Colitz responded with her third and fourth tallies of the match. The Golden Knights would intersperse three more goals throughout the half as the Engineers lit the scoreboard six times. Registering on the score sheet for RPI was junior Shannon Maguire, sophomores Michelle Denny and Rachel Scofield, freshman Jamie Wakefield, and Sisson.
Colitz led the Engineers with four goals and an assist, while Sisson tallied three times and Wakefield hit the back of the net twice. In goal for RPI was junior Allie Arnal, who finished with eight saves.
The following afternoon saw eight different Engineers score as Rensselaer held off a late surge by the Saints to preserve a 12-10 victory. Colitz, Sisson, Maguire, and sophomore Marissa Page all netted two goals for RPI.
Rensselaer started the match with three goals from Scofield, Maguire, and Colitz to take a 3-0 lead with 18:22 remaining in the first half. Although St. Lawrence responded with a goal of its own, Maguire netted her second of the match to maintain a three-goal advantage. SLU added two more tallies in the first half, while goals from Colitz and Sisson helped RPI hold a 6-3 lead heading to the second half.
Sisson, Wakefield, and Page all scored consecutive goals to ramp the Engineers’ advantage up to 9-3. However, the Saints rallied back with three-straight goals, pulling within three. Senior Emma Albert and Page hit the back of the net for RPI, helping to once again pad its lead, but SLU wasn’t ready to give up yet. The Saints combined for four goals in the final eight minutes of the half, pulling to within two as the final buzzer sounded.
Arnal earned the win after making 10 saves, while St. Lawrence senior Paige Powell had four stops in the loss. Following the match, Arnal was tabbed with her fifth-straight Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week award. Arnal stopped a total of 18 shots through 120 minutes of play on the week, while also scooping up three ground balls. Through this season, Arnal has posted a 6.71 goals against average and a .587 save percentage, all while stopping 84 shots through 527:55 minutes of action.
The Engineers remain home this week as they take on Union College on Friday at 4 pm, and William Smith College on Saturday at 2 pm. Both games will take place on Renwyck Field.