Union Edged by Rensselaer in Liberty Finale

SCHENECTADY, NY -- Senior midfielder Alissa Peterson scored six goals and assisted on another to lead Rensselaer to a 13-11 victory over Union in a Liberty League regular season finale at Frank Bailey Field Saturday. The Engineers improved to 12-2 overall and 8-1 in the league, while the Dutchwomen close out the 2013 season with a 7-7 record and a 5-4 mark in league play. RPI finished in first and is guaranteed home field throughout next week's Liberty League Tournament.

It was the final game for the careers of three Union seniors. Brittany Fraser and sister Heather Fraser each scored two goals, while Brittany added an assist. Tory Cameron also scored and assisted on another tally in her finale. They were honored after the game. Emily McGrail led Union with three goals and the Dutchwomen got single scores from Maggie Comiskey, Jessica Farland and Ciara Dudeck. Kim Grinhaus made six saves for the Dutchwomen. Union lost four league games this season by a total of just five goals.

RPI netminder Allie Aranal made 12 stops, including seven in the second half. Rachel Scofield scored three times while the Engineers also had one goal each from Shannon Maguire, Marissa Page, Lauren Miller and Mackenzie O'Neil.

Union had a 30-22 shot advantage while RPI had 20 ground balls to Union's 17. The Dutchwomen won 20 of the 26 draw controls and were six for eight for clears while RPI was eight for 10.

It was a 2-2 game after McGrail scored 6:40 into the contest, but the Engineers jumped out to a 5-2 lead capped by Peterson's second straight score coming at 14:01. Union tied it by 19:15, when McGrail scored her 50th of the season with a Comiskey pass. RPI took a 6-5 lead on a Peterson score at 27:30 but Union tied it at 6-6 on a Brittany Fraser score at 28:13 and Cameron gave the hosts the lead with just 15 seconds remaining in the half at 7-6.

It would be the last lead for Union in this see saw contest. Peterson notched her 39th and 40th of the spring 11 and 52 seconds into the second half. Dudeck tied it at 8-8 but RPI got scores from Scofield, Peterson and Miller between 3:27 and 8;13 for an 11-8 advantage. Heather Fraser's 33rd at 11:22 was followed by Maguire's 30th at 11:50. Down 12-9, Union came back to pull to within one after Comiskey's score at 21:26 and McGrail's 51st at 21:51. But the Engineers protected the ball and the lead well in the final five minutes, and O'Neil capped the scoring with 4:22 to play for the 13-11 final.

RPI will host #4 Vassar next Friday in a semifinal game while #2 St. Lawrence will entertain #3 William Smith. The championship is Saturday at the highest remaining seed.


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