Women’s lacrosse can’t catch Middlebury College

Panther’s score 11 goals against RPI’s 8 leading to loss in non-league matchup

JUNIOR MIDFIELDER JAMIE WAKEFIELD PREPARES to pass the ball during the Engineers’ home game against Middlebury College on March 18.

On Tuesday, March 18, No. 20 RPI women’s lacrosse hosted No.3 Middlebury College at Renwyck field. RPI was hoping to upset Middlebury and improve their ranking, and bring their record to two wins and two losses. They had started the season dropping their first two games to Oneonta University and Gettysburg College. They were, however, able to pull out a heroic victory against Haverford College in overtime.

RPI started off the game strong with senior midfielder Marissa Page scoring the first goal of the game with 28:36 left in the first half. However, Middlebury was able to capitalize on an RPI turnover with sophomore midfileder Chrissy Ritter scoring with 26:40 left in the first half. After a four minute hiatus from scoring, Middlebury had a fast break and Ritter capitalized on the event scoring with 22:32 left in the first half to bring the score to RPI 1, Middlebury 2. Middlebury, trying to ride on the momentum they obtained, scored again with 21:27 from the hands of sophomore attacker Bridget Instrum. RPI, seeing the game slip away, put together a scoring run where in the next two minutes senior midfielder Michelle Denny was able to score twice. With 19:28 minutes left in the game, the score was tied. In order to stop this string of RPI goals, the Middlebury coach called a strategic timeout. After the Middlebury timeout there was another break in scoring where both teams exchanged possessions until Page was able to find the back of the net with 13:55 left in the game. RPI, trying to build on this lead, scored again from senior captain midfielder Meg Colitz with 12:14 remaining in the half to make the score RPI 5, Middlebury 3. Middlebury, not wanting to let the game slip away mustered a two goal scoring run from the hands of sophomore midfielder Lauren Pascal and Ritter. With the score tied with 9:48 left in the half both teams tried to push for a goal in order to lead going into half. Then with 4:58 left in the half, Pascal scored off a free position shot. The half ended with a last minute scoring attempt from RPI but they were unable to produce any goals.

The second half began with Page scoring to tie the game at six with 29:15 left in the game. However, RPI was unable to hold on to the tie, as Middlebury produced two quick goals from the hands of senior midfielder Liza Herzog and Pascal to make the score RPI 6, Middlebury 8 with 22:36 left in the half. RPI’s coach then called a timeout in order to stop the bleeding. However, RPI was not able to produce any goals off of this and, in the sixth minute of the half, Middlebury was scored again with 16:01 left in the half from Herzog. However, RPI not wanting to fall to far behind, mustered together a goal with 11:48 left in the half. However, this goal was at loss with Middlebury putting together two goals in under a minute from Ritter and freshman attacker Mary O’Connell to make the score RPI 7, Middlebury 11. RPI failed to produce any more goals until there was eight seconds left in the game from the steady hand of Colitz. The game ended with Middlebury pulling out an 11-8 win.