RPI men’s lacrosse hosted Drew University on Saturday, April 25, at the East Campus Stadium. The Engineers, celebrating senior day, came into the game with high intensity preparing for their upcoming Liberty League playoff game against Union College. RPI entered with 11 wins and four loses ranked third in the Liberty League.
The Engineers started off the game strong, scoring only two minutes into the first quarter from junior attackman Aaron Shavel. However, just three minutes after that goal, the Rangers were able to sneak one by the RPI defense to score their first goal of the game. That would be the last time the score was even as RPI was able dominate the rest of the match. The Institute ended the quarter scoring three more goals, two from freshman attackman Beanainn McNeally, and one from freshman attackman Matt Hall. The first quarter ended with the Engineers finding three more goals to award them a prominent lead going into the second half.
The second quarter was similar to the first as RPI completely dominated Drew in every way possible. The Institute brought in five more goals to add to their lead while the Rangers could only find one to make the score 9-2.
The third quarter proved to be no different as the Engineers’ defense completely shut down any Drew scoring potential. RPI’s offense didn’t take a break as they were able to find the back of the net six more times to add to their lead.
The Institute, recognizing that the win was evident, began to take out some of their key players. These substitutions allowed for the Rangers to score four goals in the fourth quarter while RPI only scored two. The game ended with RPI claiming as easy victory in their final game of the season 17-6.
The Engineers were able to top Drew in every statistic possible. Most impressively, RPI was able to produce 35 shots on goal in the game while their defense only allowed 11. Rensselaer’s defense came up with 21 turnovers in the game while Drew only had eight.
RPI came out with an impressive win in their final game of the season. With the end of this game, the Engineers claimed a remarkable 11-4 record and a Liberty League playoff berth. This will be RPI’s first playoff appearance since 2011. The Engineers will play second ranked Union College on Friday, May 2. The Institute faced off against Union earlier in the season suffering a 12-11 loss. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Rochester Institute of Technology vs. St. Lawrence University match.