Rout-filled week

The Engineers scored six consecutive goals at Plattsburgh State University last Wednesday en route to a 9-6 win. Then on Saturday, Rensselaer flexed their muscles at East Campus Athletic Village Stadium, outscoring Vassar College by nine goals in the second half to win 17-5. The Engineers rounded out their week with a second consecutive blowout win, this time knocking off SUNY Oneonta 16-6.

For much of the first half of the game against Plattsburgh, the Cardinals and Engineers went back and forth, answering each other goal for goal. Down 1-0 early in the first quarter, freshman attacker J.T. Kelly started the scoring for the Engineers with his seventh goal of the season. Twice, Plattsburgh scored in the first quarter to pull ahead, and twice, sophomore attacker Matthew Gilman scored to tie the game for RPI. His second goal of the game came midway through the second and evened the game at three goals apiece.

With 5:54 remaining in the first half, Plattsburgh attacker Ryan Callahan scored to put the Cardinals ahead 4-3. The lead was short-lived though, as junior attacker Breanainn McNeally scored nine seconds later to tie the game at four. Then, another 30 seconds later McNeally found the twine again to give the Engineers their first lead, 5-4.

Freshman midfielder Lucas Bastarache scored for RPI with three and a half minutes left in the second quarter to give the Engineers a two-goal lead heading into halftime. Then, he opened the scoring in the second half to put Rensselaer up 7-4. Later, junior attacker Matt Hall fired the ball past Plattsburgh goalie Matt Massaria 7:34 into the third quarter to extend RPI’s goal streak to five.

McNeally scored his third goal of the game with four minutes left in the third quarter to cap off the Engineers onslaught and put the game out of reach.