Vassar Loses Tight Contest to Rensselaer

TROY, NY (April 24, 2010) Despite breaking out to a 4-1 lead and holding a 6-5 advantage at halftime, the Vassar College women's lacrosse team could not contain the scoring prowess of Rensselear junior attack Afton Marshall, who scored six goals in leading the Engineers to an 11-10 Liberty League victory at Renwyck Field on Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, Vassar drops to 7-8 and 2-5 in the league. The Brewers will close out the regular season next Friday, October 30 with a Liberty League game against the University of Rochester. The Engineers improve to 7-5 and 4-3 and remain in contention for one of four playoff spots.

Marshall distributed her six goals evenly through both halves, but it was her three goals in a 14 minute stretch of the second half combined with a 12: 47 scoreless drought by the Brewers that propelled the Engineers to the victory.

Leading 6-5 at halftime, junior attack Allie Morgan put the Brewers ahead 7-5 with 28:53 remaining, but the Brewers would go scoreless for nearly 13 minutes and in that time span, Rensselaer scored five unanswered goals, three coming from Marshall, before the Brewers got back on the board. A goal by junior attack Sarah Warner with 10:06 remaining brought the Brewers within two goals at 10-8, but the Engineers got a clutch goal from junior midfielder Sam Fennessey at the 8:18 mark for an 11-8 lead.

Vassar junior midfielder Emily Kloppenburg cut the Engineers lead to two goals again, 11-9, with a tally with 4:11 to play. Senior midfielder Liz Pacheco scored with 22 seconds to play, keeping the Brewers in the mix for a dramatic end. Vassar won the ensuing draw control, but a turnover put the ball in Rensselear possession and ended the contest.

Behind a two goal first half from sophomore attack Elizabeth Feltch, the Brewers busted out to a 4-1 midway through the first half. The Engineers were able to tie the contest at 5-5 following a goal by sophomore Emma Albert, but Sarah Warner notched her second goal of the half with 19 seconds to play for a 6-5 Brewers lead.

Warner led the Brewers with three goals and three assists. Junior Nicole Engelhardt played 51:42 in goal for the Brewers and had six saves. Sophomore Heather Kessleman played the remainder and had two saves. Rensselaer senior goalie Arianna Hood made seven saves in the victory.


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