RPI Stuns Gettysburg, Middlebury Up Next
from press release
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Rensselaer outscored Gettysburg 5-2 in the second half on its way to a 9-8 win over the Bullets in a second-round game played at Middlebury's College's Kohn Field. The Engineers (16-3) advance to take on the host Panthers on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with a trip to the final four on the line. Gettysburg sees its 12-game winning streak come to an end, finishing the season with a 19-2 mark.
Gettysburg came out strong, taking a 3-1 lead in the game's first 4:35 of play. The Bullets later led 5-2 when Bridget Kenny scored her second of the half, with a hard low shot. Shannon Maguire worked a quick give-and-go with Erin Riley just 15 seconds later, as the Engineers cut the advantage to 5-3 with 6:39 remaining. Kenny found the back of the net for the third time with a nice roll move around the crease, before Maguire netted her second of the half on a free position to make it a 6-4 Gettysburg lead at the intermission.
Rensselaer scored the first four goals of the second half to take an 8-6 lead with 19:06 left to play. Alissa Peterson scored the first two goals of the run, before Maguire netted her third of the game and second on a free position attempt to give her team its first lead of the game. Rachel Scofield netted the final goal of the run on a restart.
Gettysburg answered with a pair of goals to tie the game at 8-8. Maggie Connolly scored on a long drive from the outside before Lindsey Robinson converted a quick pass from Kenny with 5:55 remaining.
The Bullets had a great chance to take the lead when they went on a player advantage at the 4:15 mark, but a turnover left Rensselaer the ball. The Engineers worked the ball quickly, before Peterson was fouled on her way to the goal. With 2:48 left on the clock, she netted the game-winner on a free position with a shot to the top right corner of the goal. Gettysburg had the ball in the final minute, but were unable to get a shot at tying the game as they turned the ball over.
Peterson and Maguire each scored three times for Rensselaer, while Maguire had five draw controls. Jamie Wakefield scored twice, while Riley had a pair of assists. Allie Arnal earned six saves on the afternoon.
Kenny scored three to pace the Bullets, Robinson had a goal and two assists, while Kelsey Markiewicz earned a goal and an assist. Lindsay Clinton finished with nine saves in goal.