The Montclair State Red Hanks put up three in the first 10 minutes of the first half against the women’s lacrosse team this past Saturday, March 26. RPI never caught up to them despite a strong start to the second half, ultimately falling 8-16.
Chelsea Orban opened the scoring for Montclair at 25:10 in the first half with a shot past freshman goalie Aleena Milinski, who made two saves in that half.
Kara Crampton added two consecutive goals five minutes later. The Engineers managed to get three goals back, which the Red Hawks matched with their own. The first half ended in a morale-crushing five-goal streak for Montclair, leaving the score 10-3 in their favor.
After halftime, freshman goalie Rebecca Wilen stepped in goal and seemed to help reinvigorate the RPI offense. The Engineers boomed during the second half, scoring three goals before three minutes had elapsed: two from sophomore attack Morgan Doyle and another from freshman midfielder Maddy Aslansan.
The Engineers carried this momentum with them until 22:00, when sophomore defense Laurel Dean earned a yellow card. The Red Hawks pushed their advantage with a man-up and Alexa DiPiero completed her hat trick with a goal at 21:03. Francesca Verrone added her second goal at 19:07, bringing the score to 12-6.
Tensions ran high on the field after junior attack Sophie Hager snuck a shot into the net. Montclair’s Rebecca Myers earned herself a yellow card for her response to Hager’s goal. RPI immediately capitalized on their man-up advantage, and within a minute, Doyle completed her own trio of goals with a free position shot.
Despite drawing to 8-12, the closest the Engineers came to the Red Hawks’ lead in the second half, Montclair closed out the game by crushing Rensselaer’s hopes for a comeback. Lare and Veronne each scored two goals in the final minutes to close the game 8-16.
The women’s lacrosse team hopes to rebound from the loss which ended their two-win streak with home games against Union College and William Smith College this Friday and Saturday respectively.