Oneonta State vs. Rpi
March 17, 2010
The Game Story:
ONEONTA, N.Y. – Senior Paul Cerone (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) tallied two goals and added two assists to lead Rensselaer to an 8-6 non-conference win over SUNY Oneonta on Wednesday afternoon. With the victory, the Engineers extend their winning streak and remain unbeaten on the season with a 4-0 record. The Red Dragons are now 2-2 overall.

SUNY Oneonta opened the game’s scoring in the first quarter, but the visiting Engineers quickly grabbed momentum as they fired off three straight goals for a 3-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.

The advantage continued to swing in Rensselaer’s favor in the second stanza as three more goals, including two from Cerone, made it a 6-1 lead for the Engineers. The Red Dragons cut the deficit with 2:50 remaining and were able to add another tally with six seconds left to make it 7-3 at halftime.

RPI senior Devin Arnold (Buffalo, NY/Canisius), who also scored in the first half, recorded his second man-up goal of the contest at 12:54 to make it an 8-3 lead, but kept pace as Scott Kellman tallied at 11:39.

In the final stanza, Oneonta State came on strong, scoring three straight goals to close the gap to two (8-6), but Engineers’ goalie James Manchester (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) held strong late in the game, finishing with 10 stops to improve to 4-0 on the season.

In addition to Cerone, who also had a game-best six ground balls, the Engineers saw Arnold score a pair of goals. Rookie David Hey (Chapel Hill, NC/Durham Academy) added a goal and an assist, while senior Bryant Johnson (Minnetonka, MN/The Blake School) and sophomores Tyler Hutchinson (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) and Andrew Liptak (Westfield, MA/Westfield) each had a goal.

For SUNY Oneonta, Brian Kollar added two goals, while Kellman, Scott Weiner, Jim van de Veerdonk and Steve Loesch each recorded a goal. In net, Sean Reynolds shouldered the loss and made one save in the first half before giving way to Chris Miles, who made six stops in the final 30 minutes.