March 2, 2011

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No. 10 RPI Blasts Manhattanville

from press release

TROY, N.Y. – The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's lacrosse team opened its 2011 campaign in fine fashion on Wednesday with a 19-4 victory over Manhattanville College at East Campus Stadium. The game was the season debut for both the 10th-ranked Engineers and the Valiants.

RPI controlled the game throughout, scoring five goals in the first quarter, eight in the second and four in the third and two in the final stanza. The Engineers held a 59-16 shot advantage and a 35-25 edge in ground balls. Holding a 13-0 lead, the visitors were able to cut the deficit by two heading into halftime. Rensselaer answered with a pair of goals to open the third quarter and despite getting one back, Manhattanville was unable to stop the home team offense which went on a 4-1 run over the final 20 minutes of the contest.

For Rensselaer, 13 players found the score sheet with eight players recording multiple points. Senior attack Conor Chocheles (Babylon, NY/Babylon) led the way for the Engineers, scoring two goals and adding a game-best five assists for seven points. Fellow attackman and rookie Scott O'Leary (Grafton, MA/Milton Academy) also had an outstanding debut with a game-high three goals and an assist for four points. Junior Andrew Miller (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) came in to net four points on two goals and two assists, while two others added three points.

Sophomore Travis Armiger (Malvern, PA/Conestoga) won 5 of 8 faceoffs and picked up four ground balls for the Engineers, while junior Brian Larkin (Florham Park, NJ/Seton Hall Prep.) was 6 of 10 on the faceoff. All four goalies saw action, with sophomore James Manchester (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) picking up the victory. He stopped three shots through 45 minutes of action. Junior Jon Yen (Short Hills, NJ/Millburn) also picked up a save in 8:42 of relief in the final quarter.

For the Valiants, sophomore goalie Dom Poletto (Engelwood, CO/Regis Jesuit) made 20 saves, including 12 in the first half. Freshman Brian D'Iorio (Cold Spring Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) paced the squad in scoring, tallying two goals for four points. Classmate Jeb Miller (Cold Spring Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) had a goal and a game-best six ground balls. He also went 6 of 9 on the faceoff.

RPI is back in action on Saturday afternoon when it travels to seventh-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology for a 12pm match. Live stats for the game against the Tigers will be available at http://livestats.internetconsult.com/rit/mlax/index.htm. Manhattanville is back on the field on March 10, hosting Merchant Marine at 4pm.


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