Lacrosse heads to final week of play

SENIOR ANDREW MILLER BRUSHES off a St. Lawrence University defender this weekend at the East Campus Stadium.

Both lacrosse teams were back in action this weekend, with the women’s team sweeping its opposition. With its two wins, the women’s lacrosse team has tied the school record for wins in a season with 13 and still has a game remaining before the league’s post-season tournament. The men’s team, however, fell in a 9-5 decision to St. Lawrence University at the East Campus Stadium, moving it to 9-4 overall on the year.

Women’s Lacrosse

RPI women’s lacrosse hit the road this past weekend to take on Vassar College and Bard College. The Engineers defeated the Vassar Brewers in a narrow 9-8 decision, and then deftly took down the Bard Raptors in a 16-0 shutout the next afternoon.

Friday’s match saw freshman Jamie Wakefield net a game-high three goals to lead Rensselaer to victory. In addition, sophomore Meg Colitz scored two goals, while seniors Madeline Sisson and Laura Connor, sophomore Rachel Scofield, and freshman Lauren Miller all scored one goal apiece.

Vassar came out firing in the first half, scoring the game’s first three goals in the opening five minutes of play. However, the Engineers responded with four-straight tallies of their own, one from Wakefield, another from Connor, and two from Colitz. The Brewers added three more goals to close out the first half with a 6-4 advantage.

Scofield and Sisson netted goals after the intermission to pull the Engineers to a 6-6 tie, but two quick goals from the Brewers made it a 8-6 match. However, that would be as close as Vassar could get as Miller’s second goal of the year pulled Rensselaer within one, and Wakefield’s second and third tallies of the match gave RPI the 9-8 win.

Junior netminder Allie Arnal earned the victory with 10 stops, while Vassar freshman goaltender Katharine Pula made 11 saves.

Rensselaer kept that momentum going to the weekend’s second match as the Engineers took down Bard in a 16-0 decision. Junior Audrey Stapleton led the team with three goals as 13 different student-athletes hit the back of the net in the match. The victory places RPI at 13-1 on the season, tying the 1997 team’s record of 13 wins in a season.

The match was all RPI as Arnal made one save in the first half and gave way to freshman Erin Amarello, who had two stops in the second half. Rensselaer held an 8-0 advantage after the first half with goals from senior Emma Albert, junior Shannon Maguire, sophomore Erin Pomerantz, freshmen Erin Masucci and Lydia Wolter, Scofield, and Connor.

Stapleton opened the second half with two of her three goals in the first four minutes of play. Colitz hit the back of the net for her 32nd tally of the season, and was followed by Wakefield’s 22nd. Stapleton scored her third of the match at 19:05, and was followed by senior Bridget Curtin, Miller, and Wolter.

The women’s lacrosse team has one match remaining in regular season play on Friday against Skidmore College. The game is set to begin at 4 pm in Saratoga Springs.

Men’s Lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse team put up a valiant fight against the No. 20 St. Lawrence University Saints on Saturday at ECAV, but came up just short in a 9-5 loss. Despite two goals from senior Brett Overend, the Engineers couldn’t find the needed tallies to come away with the win.

St. Lawrence opened the match with the game’s first two goals, both coming in the first quarter. However, Rensselaer responded with three-straight tallies coming from senior Paul DiLandro, junior Eric Valero, and Overend. Although the Saints evened the score at three off a goal from senior Matt Pope, Overend hit the back of the net again to give RPI a 4-3 advantage. Another tally from Pope with 17 seconds left on the clock put the teams in a 4-4 deadlock heading to the second half.

Junior Wes Rudy opened the third quarter for the Engineers to give the home team a 5-4 advantage, but that would be as close as RPI would get as the Saints responded with five unanswered goals through the final two quarters to walk away with the 9-5 win.

Senior goalkeeper Jon Yen started for the Engineers, making no saves in the first 1:21 minutes of play. He was replaced by sophomore Alex Castronovo who had eight stops in the remaining 58:39 of action.

The Engineers take on Plattsburgh State University today at 7 pm, and closes out the regular season with a neutral site match against Lebanon Valley College on Saturday beginning at 3 pm.