Field Hockey Upset By Rensselaer

October 25, 2006

Kristiina Baker posted two goals and added an assist in leading Rensselaer to a 4-3 upset over Middlebury in non-conference field hockey action.

Rensselaer jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the first half on tallies by Michelle Clemente and Baker. Clemente scored the unassisted goal after weaving in through traffic taking a shot that sailed past the right side of Panther goalie Megan McGillen at 3:57.

Baker tallied at the 28:01 mark and gave the Red Hawks at 3-0 advantage early in the second half after battling around a Panther defender for the goal at 43:37.

Middlebury rallied back minutes after the Red Hawks third goal as the team's leading scorers Dana Rye and Reid Berrien both tallied to pull the visitors to within a goal.

Berrien, who finished with 10 shots on goal in the game, sent a bullet shot at the net off a corner shot from Madeleine Macmillan who was credited with the lone assist.

Jane Mullery Doar closed the gap for the Panthers at the 62:35 mark, pushing through the RPI defense to send a shot just past the reach of senior Red Hawks' keeper Jen O'Neil.

Just over a minute later, Clemente would seal the victory for Rensselaer after tallying her second goal of the game at 63:45. On a scramble in front of the Panther net, Baker's stick found the ball and moved it up to Clemente, who shot it past McGillen for the score.

O'Neil had an outstanding night, posting 23 saves in the win for RPI. McGillen made 13 stops in the loss for Middlebury.