This past weekend, RPI field hockey hosted the University of Rochester Yellowjackets and William Smith College Herons on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, respectively. In the opener, the Engineers battled valiantly against a Rochester squad, which had only one loss the entire season. In the opening three minutes, junior forwards Hana Murphy and Angela Cascio combined for three shots on Rochester goalie Tara Lamberti. But each was saved. Then, in the following six minutes, Rochester fired three shots of their own, one of which was blocked by a defender, while the other two were saved by senior goalie Hannah Clough.
The two teams continued to trade momentum throughout the first half, though Rensselaer maintained a sizeable edge in shots on goal. But in the 32nd minute, it was the Yellowjackets that struck the decisive blow in the match when forward Michelle Relin found an opening and launched a shot past Clough to give Rochester the lead.
In the second half, Rochester clamped down on its own net and held the Engineers scoreless for the duration of the match despite eight shots, four of which were hauled in by Lamberti. The game ended 1-0 Rochester.
In Saturday’s contest, RPI fell behind early when Heron forward Hannah Wood scored, assisted by forward Erin Miller in the 22nd minute to give William Smith a 1-0 lead. Later, in the second half, the Herons padded their lead when a defensive penalty on the Engineers resulted in a 38th minute penalty stroke goal for midfielder Madison Finn.
But the Engineers answered in the 41st minute when freshman midfielder Kate Batzinger collected the rebound from her own miss and slipped the ball past goalie Catherine Hare to bring RPI within one goal. Despite impassioned attempts from Rensselaer to score an equalizer, Hare collected eight saves down the stretch to allow the Herons to hold on to a 2-1 victory.
This week, field hockey will travel to Keene State on Wednesday, October 15, and Kean University on Saturday, October 18 for two non-league matchups.