RPI women’s lacrosse finished up their season on Saturday, April 25 hosting Clarkson University. With a win over Clarkson the Engineers would solidify first place in the Liberty League tournament. The Institute entered the game with ten wins and four losses.
From the first whistle, the Engineers showed their dominance by scoring within four minutes of play from senior attackman Rachel Scofield. RPI was able to come right back and score two more goals from senior midfielder Meg Coliltz and junior midfielder Jamie Wakefield. But the Golden Knights came back on the offensive and score their first goal of the game to make the score RPI 3-1. The Institute was able to return scoring from the steady hand of junior midfielder Erin Riley. Clarkson, wanting to remain in the game, scored the three remaining goals of the game. However, this would be the last time that the score was contested as RPI outplayed Clarkson in every category. The half ended with RPI leading 5-3.
The Engineers could do no wrong in the second have completely annihilating the Golden Knights. RPI came out scoring. The Institute’s offense was unstoppable; scoring on practically every attempt they were given. The Institute was able to produce 18 shots on goal in the second half while the Golden Knights only had three. RPI’s defense was just as active as their offense shutting down Clarkson and preventing any comebacks. RPI was able to produce 13 unanswered goals in the second half to solidify first place in the Liberty League.
RPI was able to obliterate Clarkson in their final game of the season. The Engineers were able to top the Golden Knights in every statistic, except saves, only because RPI didn’t have close to as many shots on them as Clarkson.
With this win RPI finished the season with 11 wins and four losses. The Engineers were also able to sweep every team in the Liberty League winning each game by an impressive 7.4 goals per game. The Engineers defense led by junior captain Erin Amarello, has only allowed an average of 8.4 goals per game. The Institute led Clarkson in every statistic such as points per game, assists per game, and women-up goals per game.
The Engineers will be hosting all of the Liberty League competition. They will be playing Vassar College Friday, March 2 for the first round of playoffs. Earlier in the season RPI beat Vassar 10-8 in a close game. The winner of the Liberty League will be given an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament.