Rpi vs. Keene State
March 3, 2012
The Game Story:
TROY, N.Y. – Andrew Miller and Eric Valero each netted three goals to lead the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's lacrosse team to a, 10-9, victory over Keene State, this afternoon in its home opener. With the win, the Engineers improve to 2-0 on the young season, while the Owls drop to 0-2.

Keene State junior Taylor Jette (Simsbury, CT/Simsbury) opened the scoring, five minutes into the game on a feed from senior Ian Hart (Richmond, NH/Monadnock Regional), but the Engineers answered back quickly, scoring the game's next three goals. Miller (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) had two of those tallies, while Valero picked up the other.

Hart and his younger brother Ryan Hart (Richmond, NH/Monadnock Regional) then combined for the next three goals to even the score at 4-4 with 2:39 left in the first half. Miller found Valero all alone in front of the Owls cage to give RPI a slight 5-4 advantage after one quarter of play.

Rensselaer scored the first three goals of the second stanza, including one apiece from Valero and Miller. Junior Wes Rudy (Doylestown, PA/The Hill School) also chipped in with a man-up goal – the Engineers only man-advantage tally on the afternoon – as the hosts opened up a 7-4 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the half.

Ryan Hart brought Keene State back to within two (8-6) at the half with a pair of goals. Jette earned the assist on each.

Tallies from Rudy and classmate Brett Overend (Laguna Hills, CA/Laguna Hills), early in the second half, gave the Engineers their largest lead of the game at 10-6. Senior Andrew Liptak (Westfield, MA/Westfield) earned the helper on Overend's eventual game-winner.

Less than a minute into the fourth quarter Owls senior Matt Schairer (Wrentham, MA/King Phillip) pulled the visitors to within three (10-7). Back-to-back tallies from classmate Matthew Crimmins (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga) made it a one-goal game, but the Engineers were able to hold on in the final minutes for the win.

Miller finished with four points (3 goals, 1 assist) to lead RPI offensively, while Ryan Hart ended up with a game-high four goals. James Manchester (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) made eight saves to pick up the victory between the sticks, while Owls freshman Jack Rogers (Acton, MA/Acton-Boxborough Regonal) came up with 11 stops at the other end of the field.

Rensselaer is back in action on Tuesday, when it hosts Castleton State at East Campus Stadium (4pm). Keene State visits Salve Regina on Wednesday (4:30pm).