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Raptors and Camels fall to Engineers

It wasn’t long after Bard College scored the first goal of Saturday’s road game, the tides turned. An uninterrupted 13-goal run for the Engineers beginning with freshman Will Killeen’s shot at 1:21 left in the first quarter set Rensselaer 13 points ahead of Bard by the middle of the fourth quarter, which secured their 18-3 victory.

Before facing the Raptors on Saturday, the Engineers took on Connecticut College on Wednesday. Junior Breanainn McNeally led scoring for RPI with four goals to help his team to their then-second win on foreign turf this season.

The road to the 11-7 victory against the Camels began with a goal by junior Matt Hall 3:51 into play. The Camels came back to tie the game for the first and only time that afternoon, but the Engineers then proceeded to execute a string of three goals that would set them ahead for the duration of the game.

Going into the second period, the score was 4-2. The Camels matched both Hall’s goal at 1:56 into the quarter and the back-to-back goals put up by McNeally and Hall minutes later to maintain their two-point deficit heading into the third.

Freshman JT Kelly and McNeally each scored goals assisted by senior Patrick Finn in the third period. They were the only two goals made during the quarter and they increased RPI’s advantage to 9-5.

As in the second period, both teams matched each other’s goals in the fourth period. Kelly earned the final point of the day with only 16 seconds left.

An even greater lead was achieved by Rensselaer on Saturday, though it had a humble beginning.

The Engineers came away with a 3-2 lead on Bard following an evenly-played first quarter. Killeen broke the 2-2 tie with 1:21 remaining in play to put the Engineers up one. Then, throughout the second period, RPI exploded in a fury of attacks from the first minute back on the field to final 12 seconds of the quarter, leaving no room for Bard to score. The onslaught resulted in an eight-goal sweep for the visitors.

But eight goals were not enough; for in the third and fourth periods, five more consecutive goals were made by the Engineers. As the final minutes of the third period appeared on the horizon, RPI freshman Parker Jean scored the only goal in the third period; junior Mark Surgent, sophomore Matthew Gillman, freshman Corey Burns, and sophomore Jordan Gans each scoring goals in the fourth period to finish out Rensselaer’s 13-0 run.

Adding the icing on the cake, senior Ryan Brisson squeezed in one final goal with a mere second left in the game. By scoring before time expired, he not only put the Engineers 15 points ahead of the Raptors, he also became the 15th RPI player to score against Bard.

At 4 pm today, the Engineers will meet the Plattsburgh State Cardinals in Plattsburgh, New York. They will return home this weekend to play Vassar College on Saturday at 1 pm. On Tuesday, they will again be home to face the State University of New York at Oneonta at 4 pm.