No. 7 RIT Edges No. 11 Union in Liberty Championship Game

Collins-Hartwig fired a bounce shot that beat Aaron over his right shoulder for his 23rd goal of the season, giving RIT a 6-3 lead with 5:59 to play in the third quarter.

DeLeo was brilliant in the third quarter, making four saves in the quarter, including three straight from in close to keep the lead for the Tigers.

Tingle scored his first of the day off an assist from Russell at 13:32 of the fourth quarter, capping off a nice fast break by the Tigers, increasing their lead to 7-3.

Consecutive Union man-up goals from Adam Rosenthal and Santengelo, cut the Tigers lead to 7-5 with 11:36 to play in regulation.

Russell scored his third of the game and 43rd of the season off an assist from Ryan Speciale (Painted Post, NY/Corning West) with 10:09 to play, increasing the lead back to three goals at 8-5.

The Dutchmen cut it back down to two goals with 8:48 to play on Connors' 20th goal of the season.

RIT was able to kill off the last 8:48 to secure the win and their first Liberty League championship.

The Tigers await their opponent in the 2012 NCAA Div. III Men's Lacrosse Championship, which will be announced on Sunday evening, May 6 at 10 pm. You can watch the selection show online at

It will be the 14th trip by the TIgers in the NCAA Tournament and third straight. Last year, RIT lost to Tufts in the National Semifinals, 16-12.

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