Rivals defeat Engineers in league tournament

FRESHMAN MIDFIELDER JAKE WEIDNER RUNS downfield in a file photo from Rensselaer’s game against Vassar March 22 at ECAV Stadium.

On Friday, May 2, the Engineers traveled to Schenectady to face, cross town rival, Union College in the first round of Liberty League tournament. RPI entered the game ranked third in the Liberty League while Union was ranked second. The Institute faced Union earlier in the season and had only suffered a one goal loss in an extremely tight game. RPI entered the match on a four game winning streak, their last loss coming from the Dutchmen on April 12.

As first quarter started you could witness the intense emotion and physicality from both teams. After five minutes of exchanged possession Union found the first goal of the game. However, RPI was responded quickly as freshman attackman Matt Hall scored three minutes later. The Dutchmen than came back on the offensive controlling possession for the next four minutes until they were found their second goal of the game. They remained on the offensive returning a minute later and scoring again. The Engineers struggled to maintain possession for the rest of the quarter but thankfully their defense was kept Union away from scoring.

RPI started the second quarter maintaining possession. But, unable to find the back of the net, the Dutchmen capitalized by scoring again to make the score 4-1. However, seeing the game slip away, the Institute was able to put together an offensive attack allowing for freshman midfielder Jack Weidner to score their second goal of the game. RPI took this momentum and created multiple scoring attempts; however, none were found the back of the net. The half ended with Union regaining possession and scoring their fifth goal of the game.

The third quarter turned out to be a lot of back and forth possessions. Although RPI was given the opportunities to score, they could not sneak one by the Dutchmen’s defense. However, Union was capitalized on two possessions scoring two more goals. The quarter ended with RPI finding themselves in whole, trailing 7-2.

The Engineers came out in the fourth quarter without the emotion and intensity that they showed at the beginning of the game. Union took advantage of RPI’s emotionless play scoring their final goal of the game eight minutes into the quarter. The only other goal of the game came from junior midfielder Casey Colligan with three minutes left in the game.

As final whistle blew RPI found themselves on the wrong side of the score board suffering an 8-2 loss to Union. The Dutchmen went on to face Rochester Institute of Technology for the Liberty League championship on May 4, but lost 13-11.

Although RPI was not able to find a win in the Liberty League tournament, this season with not go to waste as they showed how good they can be. The Engineers, having such a young team, have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming years. Showing such strong potential this season, the sky is the limit for what they can accomplish in the upcoming seasons. With a strong freshman class and dominant upperclassman returning the Engineers have to potential to put together an even more successful season next year.