RPI lacrosse teams close out regular season play

Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams closed out their regular seasons this weekend on the road. Although the men’s team fell to Plattsburgh State University and bounced back with a 12-2 victory over Lebanon Valley College, the Engineers will not be hitting the field again this spring. The women’s team, however, who set a program record for wins in a season, will advance to the Liberty League playoffs after defeating Skidmore College.

Women’s Lacrosse

Junior captain Shannon Maguire scored a game-high four goals to lead the Engineers to an 11-9 victory over the Skidmore Thoroughbreds. The win marks Rensselaer’s record-breaking 14th of the season and places it as the top seed in the upcoming Liberty League Tournament.

Maguire opened the match with her 26th goal of the season at 24:59. The Thoroughbreds responded with back-to-back tallies, but the Engineers rallied to score four-straight goals to take a 5-2 lead, coming from sophomores Rachel Scofield and Marissa Page, freshman Jamie Wakefield, and Maguire. Freshman Lauren Miller hit the back of the net for Rensselaer, but Skidmore scored three more goals in the half to pull within one heading into halftime.

Scofield and sophomore Meg Colitz opened the second half with tallies at 23:53 and 20:34, respectively, but were quickly countered by a Skidmore goal. Up by two points, the Engineers tacked three more goals onto the scoreboard to take an 11-6 advantage. The Thoroughbreds put the pressure on RPI’s defense at the finish, scoring three goals—including two within the final minute—but could not cut the deficit as Rensselaer won 11-9.

Junior goalkeeper Allie Arnal finished with five saves for the Engineers, while senior Rachel Klein had nine stops for the Thoroughbreds.

As the conference’s top-seed, RPI will host the 2012 Liberty League Tournament, beginning with two semifinal games on Friday. RPI will take on Union College at 2 pm, while William Smith College will battle the Rochester Institute of Technology beginning at 4 pm. The winners of both matches will duke it out in the league final on Saturday at a time to be determined. All games will take place at Renwyck Field.

Men’s Lacrosse

Unfortunately, the men’s lacrosse team saw its season come to an end after finishing fifth overall in the Liberty League and just out of playoff contention. The Engineers fell in a 9-7 non-conference matchup against Plattsburgh State, and came away with a 12-2 win over Lebanon Valley in the season finale. Rensselaer finishes its season 10-5 overall with a 3-3 conference record.

The first half of Friday’s match against Plattsburgh State was a rough outing for the Engineers as they quickly fell behind 5-1 after the first 30 minutes of play. Junior Brett Overend notched RPI’s first goal at 1:16 of the second quarter.

However, Rensselaer came out firing in the third quarter, scoring five straight goals to take a 6-5 lead. Both juniors Eric Valero and David Hey scored two goals apiece, while Overend added his second of the match. The Cardinals quickly evened the score to start the fourth quarter, but senior Andrew Miller responded a minute later to give RPI a 7-6 advantage. That would be as close as the Engineers would get, however, as the Cardinals scored three unanswered goals to regain the lead and walk away with the 9-7 win.

The following afternoon fared much better for Rensselaer as it earned a 12-2 win to close out the season. Miller scored three goals and added an assist to tally his 100th career point.

Rensselaer scored the game’s first 10 goals before Lebanon Valley even registered on the scoresheet. The first half saw Miller and Valero score two goals each, while seniors Andrew Liptak and Grant Foulsham also contributed to the effort.

Freshman Colin Fortuner, senior Scott Stolzenberg, Hey, and Miller all contributed in the third quarter, giving RPI a 10-0 advantage. Although the Dutchmen were able to get a pair of goals past the Rensselaer defense, the Engineers added two more tallies in the fourth quarter from senior Lachlan Murphy and freshman Aaron Shavel to earn the victory.

All three RPI goaltenders aided in the win, with sophomore Alex Castronovo making six stops through the first 30 minutes of play, while senior Jon Yen had three saves through 15 minutes. Junior James Manchester finished the final 15 minutes with two stops.