Engineers Use Second-Half Rally to Top Herons

The William Smith lacrosse team held a 4-3 lead at halftime, but Rensselaer used a strong second half to rally for an 8-6 win in a Liberty League game played this afternoon on the Engineers' Renwyck Field. The Herons are now 2-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while RPI improves to 5-3 this season and 3-0 in the Liberty League.

Marissa Page led RPI with three goals. She added three ground balls, two draws and a caused turnover. Meg Colitz produced two goals and an assist. Michelle Denny shared a game-high with five ground balls, while Micaila Dean also shared a game-high with four caused turnovers. Erin Riley notched a game-high six draws. Erin Amarello played all 60 minutes in goal for the Engineers and finished with seven saves.

Sophomore Hannah Connolly produced a goal and an assist for William Smith. Five other Herons each added one goal in the loss. Sophomore Geneva Calder shared a game-high with five ground balls and added three caused turnovers. Junior Rachel Hughes matched the game-high with four caused turnovers. First-year Sarah Honan played all 60 minutes in goal and made six saves.

Page put RPI on the board 1:46 in off a feed from Riley. Connolly answered for William Smith with her seventh goal this season at 3:51. Rachel Scofield connected with Colitz who fired home a shot at 4:30 to give RPI a 2-1 lead, but the Herons logged back-to-back goals by sophomore Emy Stratton and first-year Alexandra Bird to stake a 3-2 lead with 16:53 left in the first. The Herons held that lead with no goals being scored for a span of just over 15 minutes. Then with 1:34 on the clock, Denny tied things up at 3-3 for Rensselaer. With 1:01 left in the opening half, junior Katie Sipple gave the Herons a 4-3 advantage into the break with her eighth goal this season.

The Engineers came out strong in the second half scoring three straight goals to take a 6-4 lead. With 18:16 left in the game, Calder notched her team-leading 12th goals of the year to make it 6-5. However, RPI responded with goals by Page and Lydia Wolter to stretch their lead back to 8-5. Hughes found the back of the net with 3:49 remaining, but it proved to be as close as the Herons could get.

RPI held a 22-18 edge in shots and a 30-25 lead in ground balls. The Engineers also logged a 12-4 advantage in draws. William Smith finished 19 of 23 clear attempts, while Rensselaer went 18 for 21.

The Herons will be back in action tomorrow, April 5, when they travel to take on Skidmore in another Liberty League contest at 2:00 p.m.


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