Area colleges: RPI earns berth in NCAA quarters
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. Senior Alissa Peterson scored three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 2:48 left in the second half, to help the 14th-ranked Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute women’s lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory over fifth-ranked Gettysburg College Saturday at Kohn Field.
The Engineers improve to 16-3 overall, setting a school record for victories, and advance to this Saturday’s regional final against third-ranked Middlebury at 1 p.m. The Bullets conclude their season at 19-2.
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 goal 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. The goal for Maguire was the 100th of her collegiate career.
RPI scored the first four goals of the second half to take an 8-6 lead, with 19:06 left to play. Gettysburg answered with a pair of goals to tie the game at 8-8.
RPI 4 5 — 9
Gettysburg 6 2 — 8
RPI scoring: Alissa Peterson 3-0, Shannon Maguire 3-1, Jamie Wakefield 2-0, Rachel Scofield 1-0, Erin Riley 0-2. Gettysburg scoring: Bridget Kenny 3-1, Kelsey Markiewicz 1-1, Lindsey Robinson 1-2, Mandy Buell 1-0, Loren Pruitt 1-0, Maggie Connolly 0-1.
Goalies: RPI, Allie Arnal, 6 saves; Gettysburg, Lindsay Clinton, 9 saves.
STONY BROOK 5, UALBANY 3
STONY BROOK — The Seawolves rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to steal the opener of their three-game series at Joe Nathan Field.
Due to rain in the area, the squads played just one nine-inning contest and will now play a double-header today at noon.
Six different players had one hit for the Great Danes (14-11 America East Conference, 21-20-1 overall), including Fonda-Fultonville graduate Josh Nethway and Matt Hinchy, who had back-to-back doubles in the third inning.
UAlbany 201 000 000 — 3 6 0
Stony Brook 000 010 04x — 5 11 0
Chase, Jaurique (8) and Lepre; McNitt, Honahan (8) and Italiano.
SIENA 16, ST. PETER’S 4
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Mike Fish homered twice, drove in five runs and scored five times in the Saints’ rout of the Peacocks.
The second game was postponed due to rain, meaning the series will be completed with a double-header today at noon at Jaroschak Field.
The Saints pounded out 19 hits and scored three runs or more in four of their nine at bats. Fish and freshman shortstop Tyler Martis each had four hits, John Rooney had three, and Vincent Citro, Larry Balkwill and Brian Fay each had two.
The Saints scored four times in the second after falling behind 1-0, and never trailed again. The lead was 9-1 after the fourth when Fish launched his first long ball, a three-run shot to left that opened the flood gates.
Fish followed his three-run blast with a two-run homer in the fifth, and then Balkwill went deep to make it back-to-back round trippers.
Siena (12-7 MAAC, 22-26 overall) inches closer to claiming a spot in the four-team MAAC tournament. The Saints have a three-game lead on fifth place Manhattan with five games left. The two teams play a three-game series in Loudonville Thursday and Friday.
Siena 041 343 010 — 16 19 0
St. Peter’s 100 200 010 — 4 11 5
Lewicki, Goossens (9) and Balkwill; Mozeika, Miller (4), Leon (6) and Smith, Farrell (5).
ERIE CC 7-13, HVCC 3-3
BUFFALO — Top-seeded Erie Community College won both games to oust the Vikings from the best-of-three sub-regionals.
Brad Adams had a home run and two singles and, and Charles Parslow added two hits in the opener. Parslow took the loss in the nightcap, his first loss of the season, and finished with a 7-1 record.
HVCC 010 001 010 — 3 10 2
Erie CC 000 332 02x — 7 10 1
Temple, Gallup (6), Brienza (7), Verschelden (8) and Craig; Schnurr, Walsh (9) and Hoffhines.
HVCC 100 20 — 3 6 2
Erie CC 202 09 — 13 9 0
Parslow, Gallup (5), Ford (5) and Craig; Barry and Hayes.
STONY BROOK 8-2, UALBANY 2-0
VESTAL — After losing its opening game of the America East Championship, Stony Brook capped off a run of four-straight wins, including two over top-seeded UAlbany, to claim the conference title for the second time in program history.
The fourth-seeded Seawolves (35-23) beat the top-seeded Great Danes (37-15), 8-2 in the opener and 2-0 in the tournament’s deciding game at Bearcats Sports Complex to become the just the second team in America East history to lose its first game of the tournament and go on to win the championship.
Allison Cukrov fired two complete games against the Great Danes Saturday and went 3-1 for the tournament while recording a 1.11 ERA en route to earning Most Outstanding Player honors.
UAlbany’s Lauren Alcorn, Annie Johnson and Brittany MacFawn made the all-tournament team.
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Stony Brook 000 044 x — 8 11 2
MacFawn and Apostolina; Cukrov and Schieferstel.
Stony Brook 000 200 0 —2 7 1
UAlbany 000 000 0 — 0 6 0
Cukrov and Schieferstel; MacFawn and Apostolina.