No. RIT Runs by RPI for Liberty League Win

ROCHESTER, NY On a sun-drench Tigers Stadium, the No. 5 RIT (9-2, 2-0 Liberty League) men's lacrosse team improved to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the Liberty League with a 13-5 win over Rensselaer (5-6, 1-3 Liberty League) on Saturday afternoon.

Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin) and Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) led RIT with four goals apiece. Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) scored two goals and had three assists, while Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) scored three goals and dished out an assist. Krzyston also had two assists on the afternoon for the Tigers.

RIT's defense was stout, holding the Engineers to five goals, including one in the first half. Pat Johnston (Norwell, MA/Norwell) picked up his ninth win of the season in net, making 19 saves.

Brett Overend, Billy Gibbs, Wes Rudy, David Hey and Mike Sarson scored the Rensselaer goals. Alex Castronovo took the loss in net, allowing 10 goals and making 14 saves.

Rensselaer held a 45-35 shot advantage, while RIT won the ground ball battle, 38-28. RIT won 13 of 21 face-offs, led by Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) who went 8 for 11 with five ground balls on the afternoon.

The Tigers went 3 for 3 on man-up opportunities on Saturday, improving their season conversion percentage to 49.0%. Kyle Aquin scored three of his four goals on man-up.

RIT led 3-0 after the first quarter. Aquin sandwiched a goal in between two Wisman goals, as the Tigers took a 3-0 first-quarter lead.

Krzyston and Warren opened the second-quarter with consecutive goals, giving RIT a 5-0 lead with 8:01 to play in the first half.

Overend broke the Tigers scoring run with his 25th goal of the season with 3:50 to play in the second quarter, cutting the Tigers lead to 5-1. RIT scored once more in the quarter, leading 5-1 at the half.

Warren opened the third quarter with consecutive goals, improving the Tigers lead to 7-1 at the 6:54 on his 21st tally of the season.

Mike Sarson scored for Rensselaer cut the RIT lead to 7-2 with his second goal of the season with 6:15 to play in the third quarter.

Krzyston made it 8-3 RIT, with his 24th goal of the season off a feed from Wisman, his second helper of the game.

David Hey scored with 18 seconds to play in the third quarter, which started a three-goal run by the Engineers.

Billy Gibbs and Wes Rudy tallied consecutive goals for RPI to open the fourth quarter, cutting RIT's lead to 8-5. It was Rudy's 11th goal of the season.

RIT responded with three straight man-up goals by Aquin to close out the game and handing the Engineers their third straight loss.

RIT returns to action on Wednesday, April 10 when the Tigers face No. 14 Ithaca College at 4:00 pm in Ithaca, New York.

2013-04-06



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