April 16, 2011

Siebolds's Seven Awakens Mules, Sinks RPI

from press release

- Led by a game-best seven goals from senior Brent Siebold, the Muhlenberg College men's lacrosse team held off a late comeback by the visitors to defeat Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 13-11 in non-conference action. The Mules move to 5-7 on the season, while the 19th-ranked Engineers slip to 8-4 overall.

Holding a 5-2 advantage after the first half of action, Muhlenberg continued to build on its advantage to open the third quarter. A quick goal by RPI's Andrew Liptak (Westfield, MA/Westfield) closed the gap to two (5-3), but Siebold (Mountain Lakes, NJ/Mountain Lakes) scored at 7:06 of the stanza and Doug Rheiner (Wycombe, PA/Council Rock North) added a follow-up tally to make it a four-goal (7-4) advantage for the home team with 5:53 remaining in the quarter.

Engineers' face-off specialist Brian Larkin (Florham Park, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) tallied second after the Rheiner goal, but Siebold struck again and Tommy Glancy (Short Hills, NJ/Morristown-Beard) added his second of the game to make it a 9-4 lead heading into the final stanza.

Sophomore Wes Rudy (Doylestown, PA/The Hill School) pulled RPI's deficit back to four (9-5) with 10:15 left in the game, but Glancy countered just over a minute later with his third of the contest for a 10-5 Muhlenberg lead at 9:17.

Facing the five-goal deficit, the Engineers began to mount a comeback, beginning at the 8:19 mark as senior Conor Chocheles (Babylon, NY/Babylon) scored on the man-up and junior Andrew Miller (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) netted back-to-back goals to close the gap to 10-8 with just 7:32 left to play.

Muhlenberg responded as Rheiner tallied at 6:49 to regain the three-goal advantage, but Rensselaer senior Devin Arnold (Buffalo, NY/Canisius) fired one in with 4:53 on the clock to make it an 11-9 game.

Rensselaer continued to battle late in the game as senior Nick Billy (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) scored, but Siebold once again came up big with two straight goals to seal the victory. Arnold was able to get one back with four seconds left, but the Engineers ran out of time.

In addition to Siebold, the Mules saw Glancy tally three goals, while Rheiner added two. In goal, senior Oliver Baron (Weston, CT/Weston) started the first 5:15 before giving way to classmate Mike Horowitz (Randolph, NJ/Randolph), who made 10 saves over the final 54:45.

For Rensselaer, four players notched two goals apiece, led by Arnold, who also added an assist. Between the pipes, sophomore James Manchester (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) shouldered the loss with 11 saves.

The Mules are back in action on Wednesday, hosting Dickinson at 7pm. The Engineers return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Middlebury for a 4:30pm showdown with the #11 Panthers.

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