Rpi vs. Eastern Connecticut
March 5, 2008
The Game Story:
TROY, N.Y. Ė Sophomore Devin Arnold (Buffalo, NY/Canisius) scored five second-half goals and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) menís lacrosse team went on to defeat Eastern Connecticut State, 14-8, in non-conference action this afternoon. The Red Hawks improve to 1-1 on the season while the Warriors drop to 0-1.

With Rensselaer holding a 5-2 lead after the opening quarter, Eastern Connecticut State battled back, outscoring the homestanding Red Hawks, 4-2, in the second stanza to pull to within a goal at halftime.

RPI, which saw six different players tally in the opening half, got two goals, including one on the man-up from senior Mike Sampson (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) to lead the scoring effort.

In the second half of action, the Red Hawks came out firing. Scoring five straight goals, including three from Arnold, RPI held a 12-6 advantage heading into the final quarter. A pair of goals from junior midfielder DJ Simmons (Mystic, CT/R.E. Fitch Sr.) pulled the Warriors to within four (12-8) with 11:05 remaining, but Arnold sealed the victory with two tallies late in the quarter.

In addition to Arnold, RPI saw Sampson and senior Briggs Thompson (South Lyme, CT/East Lyme) post two goals apiece. Classmate PJ McComb (Newington, CT/Newington) added a goal and two assists while four other players added a goal.

In goal, freshman Angelo Luppino (Mt. Kisco, NY/Fox Lane) picked up his first career victory, stopping seven shots in the first half. Sophomore Ryan DeJordy (Albany, NY/Columbia) played the second half, making five saves in relief.

For the Warriors, Simmons finished with two goals and an assist. Seniors Pete Hamilton (Rutland, VT/Rutland), a midfield, and Tyler Prescott (Norwalk, CT/Norwalk) each added two goals while junior attack Matthew Savage (Southington, CT/Southington) and sophomore midfield Maxim Fantl (West Hartford, CT/William H. Hall) chipped in a goal and an assist each.

Junior netminder Kyle Savage (Southington, CT/Southington) shouldered the loss for Eastern Connecticut State, stopping 12 shots.

RPI returns to action next Monday when it travels to Colorado College. That game is set for 7pm (Mountain Time). The Warriors return to action on Saturday for a game at Lasell (1pm).