Monday, October 3, 2011

Women's Hockey - at UConn (30 Sep/1 Oct)

The Engineers hit the road this weekend to start the games that count, with a pair of games at the University of Connecticut. While the teams skated to a 3-3 tie on Friday despite a solid effort from the Engineers, RPI got the upper hand with a last-minute goal on Saturday to head home with a 1-0 win and a 1-0-1 record.

Friday

Cox/Harrison/Vandegrift
Smelker/Mahoney/Horton
Sanders/Guillemette/Svoboda
Letuligasenoa/Mankey/Walsh

Castignetti/Vadner
Le Donne/Marzario
Schilter

Piper

RPI got off to a slow start Friday evening, having a hard time mustering much offense in a period that saw just three Engineer shots on goal. UConn didn't fare much better, but connected on one of their five shots when Caitlin Hewes collected a pass from Kelly Horan and put it past RPI's Kelly O'Brien for a 1-0 lead at 10:25.

RPI answered back early in the second, while killing a penalty nonetheless. Jill Vandegrift sprung Alisa Harrison on a breakaway, and despite being pressured from the chasing UConn defender, Harrison beat netminder Alexandra Garcia to tie the game at one.

The teams went on to trade another pair of goals in the second period, with UConn's Sarah MacDonnell scoring at 13:57 and Taylor Horton picking up an unassisted power play goal at 17:55 to send the teams to the locker room tied at two after two periods. RPI had a solid 10-4 advantage in shots for the frame.

UConn wasted no time to start the third, with Rebecca Hewett beating O'Brien for a 3-2 lead just 37 seconds into the period. Taylor Horton found the equalizer at 16:22 with another unassisted goal to knot the score at three, and neither team was able to pull out the win in overtime. UConn outshot RPI 3-0 in overtime, but the Engineers would maintain a 24-17 edge over the Huskies over the course of the game.

Saturday

Cox/Harrison/Vandegrift
Smelker/Mahoney/Horton
Sanders/Guillemette/Svoboda
Letuligasenoa/Mankey/Walsh

Castignetti/Vadner
Le Donne/Schilter

O'Brien

For as many goals as were scored on Friday, Saturday was a much different affair, with defense ruling the roost, a shutout for freshman goalie Kelly O'Brien in her first start, and a (literally) last-minute goal by Alisa Harrison deciding the outcome.

After two scoreless periods which also saw no penalties, RPI had dominated on faceoff wins but found themselves tied with UConn in shots at 14 each but neither was able to capitlize on any. The game appeared destined for overtime, but Alisa Harrison had other plans.

Set up with a pass from Andie Le Donne, Harrison flew into the UConn goal and sent a slapshot hurtling past the Huskies' Nicole Paniccia with just 9 seconds left in regulation to hand RPI the win.

Their first of three straight road weekends in the books, the Engineers head to Burlington, VT next weekend for a pair of games against the Vermont Catamounts. Vermont fell 3-2 to an always-tough Canadian squad from McGill on Sunday, and Friday's game will mark the first official game of their season.

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RPI at UConn
Non-Conference Game – Freitas Ice Forum (Storrs, CT)
9/30/11 – 7:00pm
RPI 3, UConn 3 (OT)

BOX SCORES:

RECAPS:
RECORD: 0-0-1 (0-0 ECAC)

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RPI at UConn
Non-Conference Game – Freitas Ice Forum (Storrs, CT)
10/1/11 – 3:00pm
RPI 1, UConn 0

BOX SCORES:

RECAPS:
RECORD: 1-0-1 (0-0 ECAC)

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Upcoming Games

Oct. 7 - @Vermont (7pm)
Oct. 8 - @Vermont (4pm)
Oct. 14 - @Niagara (7pm)
Oct. 15 - @Niagara (4pm)
Oct. 21 - Robert Morris (7pm)
Oct. 22 - Robert Morris (4pm)

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