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Engineers lose close game in overtime to Saints

Rensselaer scores ten straight as they fire back against Rangers in rainy regular season game

SOPHOMORE MATTHEW GILMAN, ABOVE, EARNED one assist for the first goal of game.

In a game in which neither team led by more than one goal at any time, the St. Lawrence Saints defeated the RPI Engineers 8-7 in overtime last Saturday at East Campus Stadium. Then, in the wet conditions of Tuesday evening, the Engineers scored the first 10 goals of their game against Drew University en route to a 13-4 victory.

Junior attacker Breanainn McNeally led the Rensselaer charge on Saturday, scoring three goals for the eighth time this year. Junior midfielder Jake Weidner also played well, scoring twice to bring his season total to 16.

Trailing 3-2, both McNeally and Weidner scored at the end of the first half to give the Engineers a 4-3 advantage heading into halftime. Then, in the fourth quarter, McNeally scored the last of his three goals to give RPI a 5-4 lead over the Saints. Once again, the Saints answered with a goal from midfielder Charles Duprey to knot the game at five.

Then, Weidner scored his second goal of the game off a perfect feed from junior attacker Matt Hall with eight minutes remaining and the Engineers were back on top.

Rensselaer held on to the lead for six minutes, but lost composure down the stretch. With 1:31 left in the game, St. Lawrence attacker Jamie DeNicola scored to tie the game at six. Then, Saints attacker Jamie Vautour took advantage of an Engineers defensive miscommunication to give St. Lawrence the lead with 52 seconds remaining.

Hall came up huge, however. With a mere two seconds remaining, he broke free from his defender and fired a shot past Saints goalie Ryan Fisher to send the game to overtime.

The Saints took possession early in the extra frame, and midfielder Andrew Jarrett tallied his second score of the game to give the visitors the win.

Junior goalie David Gibbs played well between the pipes for RPI, stopping 12 of the 20 shots the Saints fired at him to keep his team in the game.

In Tuesday’s win against Drew University, Rensselaer scored seven consecutive times in the first quarter and never looked back. McNeally scored four times to bring his goal total to 46, second-most in the Liberty League. Senior midfielder Ryan Brisson had two goals and three assists, and Hall added his fourth hat trick of the season, to improve his season goals tally to 27.

With the win on Tuesday, the Engineers improved to a record of 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the Liberty League.

Next up for Rensselaer is a trip to Clarkson University on Saturday to round out their regular season.