March 5, 2011

No. 7 RIT Strikes Down No. 10 RPI in OT

from press release

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Junior attack Tyler Russell (Livonia, NY/Livonia) scored with 1:44 remaining in overtime to give the No. 7 RIT (2-0) men's lacrosse team a thrilling 10-9 win over No. 10 Rensselaer (1-1) in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon. Russell took a feed from senior Iric Bressler (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) and ripped a shot low to high that beat RPI goalie James Manchester to give the Tigers the win.

Russell led RIT with a career-high four goals. Senior midfielder Jordan MacIntosh (Oakville, ON/Holy Trinity) had two goals and Tanner King (Virginia Beach, VA/Corning East), Jordan Collins-Hartwig (Buffalo, NY/Clarence) and Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) each had a goal. Bressler finished with three assists.

Conor Chocheles led the Engineers with three goals. Andrew Liptak had a goal and two assists and Chris O'Neil had two assists.

RPI opened the game with three straight goals taking a 3-0 lead on a Grant Foulsham goal.

The Tigers answered back with :52 remaining in the opening quarter on a Jordan MacIntosh man-up goal on an assist from Collins-Hartwig.

That started a string of six straight goals for the Tigers late in the first quarter and into the second quarter. King gave RIT their largest lead of the game of three goals with 4:46 remaining in the half.

The Engineers closed out the half with two straight goals, making it 6-5 at the half.

That score stayed until 3:53 remaining in the third quarter when MacIntosh scored an unassisted goal to give the Tigers a 7-5 lead.

Collins-Hartwig made it 8-5 with his lone tally of the day with 2:12 to play in the third, matching the TIgers largest lead of the game.

Rensselaer's Conor Chocheles scored with three seconds to play in the quarter to pull the Engineers within two goals at 8-6.

RPI took the momentum into the fourth quarter, scoring two straight goals, tying the score on a Max Blair goal with 12:42 remaining in regulation.

Russell scored his third goal of the game with 6:10 remaining to break the tie and give the Tigers a 9-8 lead.

With less than a minute remaining, Tyler Hutchinson forced RIT's Kelso Daivs into a turnover inside the RIT zone. That turnover led to Devin Arnold's game-tying goal with :48 seconds remaining in regulation.

Each team had their share of chances in the overtime. Bob Tonnessen (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield), who finished with 14 saves, including eight in the forurth quarter, came up big for the Tigers in the overtime.

Off a timeout, Bressler spotted an open Russell and fired a pass right on his stick. Russell gatherd and fired a shot that beat Manchester.

The Tigers out shot RPI 43-30 and won the ground ball battle 34-28. RIT was 9-of-23 on face offs and were 21-of-26 on clearing attemtps. Rensselaer was 19-of-26 on clears.

RIT went 2-for-3 with the man advantage while the Tigers defense held the Engineers to no goals on their only man-up try.

Eric Horeth (Webster/Webster Schroeder) had two ground balls and caused five turnovers to lead a stout RIT defense. Senior MJ Kiekebelt (Caledon, Ontario/St. Andrews College/Aurora) had four ground balls and caused four turnovers.

RIT returns to action on Saturday, March 19 when they travel to Potsdam, New York to face Clarkson University at 1 pm.

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