No. 16 RPI Downs Vassar in Teams' Liberty League Opener

TROY, N.Y. Freshman Aaron Shavel scored three goals to pace the 16th-ranked RPI to a 9-4 victory over Vassar this afternoon in the Liberty League opener for both schools. With the win, the Engineers improve to 7-0 overall (1-0 Liberty), while the Brewers drop to 2-4 overall (0-1 Liberty).

It was the visitors for found the back of the net first, as sophomore Max Herman (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central Regional) flipped in a wrap-around goal for the first of his two goals on the day, with 7:09 to play in the first quarter.

The Engineers answered with five consecutive goals, including senior Andrew Miller's (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) team-leading 13th of the season. Miller's tally, which was assisted by junior Eric Valero (Princeton Junction, NJ/Windsor Plainsboro), came in a man-up situation.

RPI took a 5-1 lead at the half, while outshooting the Brewers 23-7. The Engineers also held a 19-15 edge in ground balls after 30 minutes.

Vassar kicked off the second half with back-to-back goals by senior Jeff Lee (Syosset, NY/Syosset) and Herman, to pull within 5-3. Miller netted his second of the game, just 15 seconds later to give the hosts back their three-goal lead.

After senior Jack Gross (Yarmouth, ME/Yarmouth) brought the visitors within two (6-4) once again, Shavel (Lawrenceville, NJ/Princeton Day School) took over, scoring two of game's final three goals.

Engineers' junior goaltender James Manchester (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) earned the win making five saves, while Vassar sophomore Andrew Nicol (Carmel, NY/Brewster) came up with 17 stops at the other end of the field.

Rensselaer is back in action on Wednesday, when it visits SUNY Oneonta (4:00 pm) for a non-league affair. The Brewers host Morrisville State on Wednesday (7:00 pm).

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TROY, NY (March 24, 2012) Down 5-1 at halftime, Vassar College roared back to come within 6-4 late in the third period, but No. 16 nationally ranked Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) closed out the contest with three straight games to defeat the Brewers 9-4 in the Liberty League opener for both schools on Saturday afternoon.

The Brewers struck first, when sophomore Max Herman flipped in a wrap-around goal for the first of his two goals on the day, with 7:09 to play in the first quarter. But the Engineers would answer with five consecutive goals and took a commanding 5-1 lead into intermission. After the first 30 minutes, RPI had outshot Vassar 23-7 and held a 19-15 edge in ground balls, but the Brewers hung tough, coming within 5-3 and 6-4 in the contest.

Vassar drops to 2-4, 0-1 on the season, while RPI improves to 7-0, 1-0. The Brewers will next host Morrisville State under the lights at Weinberg Field on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm. RIP travels to Oneonta State on Wednesday for a 4:00 pm game.

The Brewers started the second half with back-to-back goals by senior Jeff Lee and Herman, to pull within 5-3. RPI senior Andrew Miller netted his second goal of the game, just 15 seconds later, to give the hosts back their three-goal lead.

After senior Jack Gross brought Vassar within two goals at 6-4, RPI freshman Aaron Shavel took over, scoring two of game's final three goals.

Vassar sophomore goalie continued to shin in goal, making 17 saves against 41 RPI shots. Engineers' junior goaltender James Manchester earned the win making five saves.

2012-03-24



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