RPI Remains Unbeaten; Edges St. Lawrence

TROY, N.Y. Despite goals from eight different players, RPI was forced to hold off a late surge by St. Lawrence enroute to a 12-10 victory in Liberty League action at Renwyck Field. The Engineers who remain unbeaten on the season improve to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play. The Saints move to 4-4 with a 1-1 Liberty League mark.

After a strong opening half that had the Engineers holding a 6-3 advantage, the home team saw itself quickly tested. Senior Madeline Sisson (Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy) contributed a goal and an assist in the open five minutes as Rensselaer built a 9-3 lead, but the Saints came storming back with three tallies of their own to close the gap considerably.

Rookie Soeurette Morley (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) started the flurry with 21:04 to play with an unassisted goal and sophomore Regina Rogers (Stratham, NH/Exeter) followed less than three minutes later, scoring past junior keeper Allie Arnal (Lakewood, NY/Phillips Exeter Academy) on the free position.

Following a goal by junior Stephanie O'Rourke (Marcellus, NY/Marcellus) that made it a 9-6 game, the Engineers battle back as senior Emma Albert (Baldwinsville, NY/C.W. Baker) netted a free position tally of her own and sophomore Marissa Page (Schenectady, NY/Guilderland) connected off a feed from classmate Meg Colitz (East Greenwich, RI/LaSalle Academy) to make it an 11-6 game.

St. Lawrence refused to back down with less than ten minutes to play and made a strong effort to pull things even over the final 3:50. O'Rourke, who finished with a game-best three goals, added two of the three to close out the game, including one with just six seconds left. Rensselaer held on in the closing seconds, securing the draw control win for their ninth victory of the season.

Leading the way for RPI was Colitz and Sisson, who each tallied two goals with an assist. Page and junior Shannon Maguire (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) added two goals each, while sophomore Rachel Scofield (Albany, NY/South Colonie) and Albert each chipped in with a goal and an assist. In goal, Arnal moved to 9-0 on the season after stopping 10 shots in the contest.

For the Saints, O'Rourke led all scorers with three goals, while Morley had two goals and a game-best three assists. Five other chipped in with a goal, while senior netminder Paige Powell (Wilton, CT/Wilton) finished with four saves.

The teams were even on shots, both firing in 23 in the game, while the Saints held a narrow 20-19 edge in ground balls.

The Engineers return to the field on Tuesday in a 6:30 pm non-conference game against Williams. St. Lawrence is also in action on Tuesday, traveling to area- and conference-rival Clarkson at 7:00 pm.

2012-04-07



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