Men triumph in 18-12 victory over Clarkson

RPI men’s lacrosse took care of business early against Clarkson University on Saturday, scoring 17 of the game’s first 21 goals en-route to an 18-12 win over the Golden Knights.

Freshman attacker JT Kelly scored a career high four goals and four assists. Junior attacker Breannainn McNeally also scored four times, the last of which marked his 50th goal of the year. The Engineers took a 10-3 lead into halftime and extended that lead to 17-4 early in the fourth quarter.

Clarkson came back, scoring the last seven goals of the game; however, it was too little for the Golden Knights.

The Engineers improved to 12-3 overall with the win and 5-2 in the Liberty League Conference. This Saturday they will travel to St. Lawrence University to face the Saints in the Liberty League Tournament Semifinals. St. Lawrence defeated RPI 8-7 two weeks ago at East Campus Athletic Village Stadium.

RPI women’s lacrosse finished their season with a wire-to-wire win over the University of Rochester on Friday and a loss to Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday.

In the win against the Yellowjackets, junior attacker Sophie Hager scored three times, while freshman midfielder Maddy Aslansan and senior midfielder Mackenzie O’Neil each netted two shots. Junior midfielder Carly Kirchner and freshman midfielder Abbey Salvon also scored.

Kirchner scored following a Rochester penalty midway through the first half and gave the Engineers a 2-1 lead. Next, Hager and O’Neil both scored their 20th goals of the season to extend the Rensselaer lead to 4-1.

Twice in the second half Rochester came within one goal of RPI. But each time RPI answered the bell. O’Neil scored her second goal of the game to put the Engineers up 7-5. Then Hager finished her hat trick, finding the back of the net with eight minutes remaining to give the Engineers an 8-6 cushion.

The following game, RIT attacker Sage Sarkis scored five goals, on Saturday to lead the Tigers past the Engineers by a final count of 19-8. For the Engineers, Hager scored a season-high six points—netting three goals and adding three assists—while sophomore attacker Allie Claroni and senior midfielder Erin DeLucca scored twice each.

After each team scored four times in the first nine minutes of the game, RIT took control of the game, scoring the next nine goals and keeping the Engineers out of their goal for nearly 30 minutes. Then, another five goal streak down the stretch for the Tigers put the game out of reach for RPI.

Hager’s back-to-back hat tricks gave her a career-high 25 goals. DeLucca tied her junior year mark of 19 points and finished her career at RPI with 50 points. O’Neil finished her final season at RPI with 22 goals and six assists for a total of 28 points this season and 75 for her collegiate career.

The RPI women concluded their season with an overall record of 7-9 and 4-5 in the Liberty League.