RPI 11, Connecticut College 7 Parens, Ranked #6 in NCAA FOP Wins 18-of-22 Battles at the X

RPI 11, Connecticut College 7 Parens, Ranked #6 in NCAA FOP Wins 18-of-22 Battles at the X

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior close defender John Phillips (Oswego, N.Y.) had eight ground balls and seven caused turnovers to lead the RPI men's lacrosse team to an 11-7 victory at Connecticut College Wednesday.

The Engineers improved their record to 3-2 with the victory, while the Camels evened their mark at 3-3 with the setback.

Junior Breanainn McNeally (Severna Park, Md.) had four goals and one assist to pace the visitors on offense. He leads RPI with 21 goals scored this spring. Junior attackman Matt Hall (Sudbury, Mass.) chipped in with three goals, assisting on two others in the win. David Gibbs (Stony Brook, N.Y.) made 11 saves in the cage for the victors.

Connecticut College rookie attackman PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) finished with two goals and two assists in the contest. Pierce DellaFera (Lattingtown, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist for the Camels. Sophomore Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) had another huge day at the X. Entering the afternoon ranked #6 in the nation in face-off percentage, Parens was 18-for-22 today and added a game-high nine ground balls.  Penn Sednaoui (Bedford Hills, N.Y.) had a goal and eight ground balls from the wing midfield position.

 Senior net-minder Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) made five saves in the cage.

RPI built a 4-1 lead after one quarter and made it a 7-3 game when Hall netted his third goal of the contest with 6:11 remaining in the second. But the Camels ended the half by scoring a pair of goals in a 44 second span.  Kelleher made a nice feed from behind the cage to Kevin Schirmacher (Massapequa, N.Y.), who flicked on in for the Camels. Then, with 4:31 remaining, Kelleher trimmed the deficit to 7-5 with DellaFera earning the assist.  The goal was set up by Tommy Wynn (Wellesley, Mass.) who induced an RPI turnover. A.J. Vazquez (Bedford, Mass.) collected the ground ball and pushed the ball ahead to DellaFera in an unsettled situation.

But RPI clamped down on defense behind their senior leader Phillips, who was just about everywhere. The visitors scored both goals in the third quarter. JT Kelly (Acton, Mass.) buried a shot from the top of the box with 9:11 remaining before McNeally closed out third with a score at the 4:17 mark. Finn assisted on both scores.

The Camels closed to within three on two different occasions in the fourth quarter. DellaFera buried a man up goal with 5:55 to play to make it a 10-7 game but the Camels would not get any closer and the visitors were able to hang on for an 11-7 win.