Let the Games
Begin! All three teams have kicked into action since our
last quarterly update. Strong showings in the opening days
give us hope of good things to come. Throw in preparation
for PBAN5 and Freakout!, and there are exciting times ahead.
Hockey: Engineers Start Strong, Ready for Conference
The Engineers have started off the 2006-07 season with
quite a bang, kicking things off with a 5-2-0 record, their
only losses coming against two Top 5 teams in Minnesota and
Boston College, losses in which the team played very well.
season kicked off at home on a Tuesday night against Bentley
College, not one of the more exciting teams in college
hockey, but Jordan Alford shut them down as the Engineers
earned a 4-0 win. After that, it was off to Minnesota for
the Icebreaker, where they led the Gophers of the University
of Minnesota 3-0 in the second period before ultimately
falling 4-3, with the assistance of some questionable calls
third. The next night, the team went toe-to-toe with then-second
ranked Boston College before running out of steam late.
home, RPI defeated a very game Army club 3-1, and followed
up with a gritty if generally lackluster 1-0
win over Sacred Heart. The following weekend saw the
Engineers retain the Governor’s Cup in Albany with
a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Union and a 2-0 shutout of
The big stories over the first seven games have been
the emergence of freshmen such as Tyler Helfrich, who
the national leaders in rookie scoring, and a solid defense
led by Minnesota natives Bryan Brutlag and Jeff Foss.
outstanding names so far include senior Jordan Alford,
whose three shutouts is second in the nation,
Uryadov, who has shown an early knack for putting the
puck in the net, and sophomore Peter Merth, who is
the most dangerous two-way player on the team.
concern for RPI is an abysmal power play, which is easily
the worst in college hockey statistically
one goal in 33 tries – 3%, where the median
is somewhere near 14%. But if that power play kicks
knows what the Engineers could be capable of.
such a difficult schedule, including two games hosting
the team that will likely take the #1 ranking
Miami, the Engineers are in the peculiar position
of not being considered out of the running for an
to the NCAA tournament, but such prospects are still
to imagine. Thus, the important games are the next
to get underway, those being the ECAC Hockey league
will determine playoff positioning and give the Engineers
the best chance they have at going far in March – making
it to Albany and getting a shot for the ECAC title.
- Andrei Uryadov, jr. – 4 (tied for 9th nationally)
Angers-Goulet, jr. – 3
- Tyler Helfrich, fr. – 2
- Andrew Lord, sr. – 2
- Jonathan Ornelas, sr. – 2
- Tyler Helfrich, fr. – 4 (tied for 23rd nationally)
Lord, sr. – 3
- Jake Morissette, sr. – 3
- Christian Jensen, so. – 3
Points (National Rank)
- T26 – Tyler Helfrich, 6
- T26 – Andrei Uryadov,
- Jordan Alford, sr. – 0.99 (4th nationally)
Lange, jr. – 2.34 (33rd nationally)
- Jordan Alford, sr. – .964 (4th nationally)
Lange, jr. – .929
Hockey: Ladies Racking Up Wins
The women's hockey team came out of the gates flying through
their first 5 games, compiling a 4-1 record. The only loss
came in the season opener when the Engineers lost a 2-1 heartbreaker
in overtime to seventh ranked Boston
College. In the four victories over North Dakota and Maine,
RPI found it's scoring touch, tallying 18 goals while only
allowing four. The defensive pair of Melanie Guillemette
and Kelly Barbera have lead the way for the ladies with eight
points a piece. Guillemette leads the team
with four goals and Barbera has a team high seven assists.
The goaltending tandem of Ashley Mayr and Sonja van der
Bliek have backstopped the defense for the Engineers stopping
of 115 shots this season. In both of her games so far this
season, van der Bliek has been less than two minutes from
her first collegiate shutout.
RPI begins conference play
with a home showdown with Yale and Brown before resuming
it's non-conference schedule with home games against
Connecticut and Northeastern.
Engineers Unbeaten To Start The Season
bye week time here in the world of the RPI Engineers
football team, and things couldn't be better. An unblemished
start at 5-0, and a national ranking of 18th in the AFCA poll
has everyone feeling great. The story of the season was expected
to be the offense, specifically quarterback Jimmy Robertson
and wide receiver
Brendan McGowan. They have both shined, but the surprise
has been the two-headed rushing attack
of Isaac Williams and Bob Munier. The ground game has
averaged over 150 yards a game, which
has made it impossible for opposing defenses to key
on the Engineer aerial attack, allowing ample
opportunities for Robertson to find any one of his
This year had the potential to be a rebuilding year
on defense, but the coaching staff and the players
would have none of that. The Engineer defense has
played a key role in all of the wins this season, spearheaded
by Anthony Casale and Tom Rayhill. The defense is
in the nation in rushing defense,
and 21st in scoring defense, allowing only 51 yards/game
and 13 points/game respectively.
This season started
for the Engineers against Endicott on the '86 Field.
Led by the arm of Robertson, RPI
routed the Gulls 34-10, opening the season on a high
note. Next, we stayed at home to host Utica, usually
a tough opponent. This year, though, the Engineers
rode their defense to a 24-0 whitewashing of the
Tom Rayhill was the defensive star of the game, leading
the team in tackles and recovering a fumble. Going
on the road for the first time in the season, the Engineers
traveled to league foe Hobart for what
proved to be their toughest task to date. Robertson
led the Engineers on a 67-yard touchdown drive in only
48 seconds, a drive capped off by Isaac Williams 1-yard
plunge. This perfectly executed drive allowed
the Engineers to steal away with a 4-point victory
The last two games of the first half followed similar
scripts. Against both Susquehanna and St. Lawrence,
the defense held firm, giving up only 14 and 10 points
respectively. The offense provided enough to give
the Engineers comfortable wins in both games, although
they made it interesting against the Saints by not
getting into a rhythm until the fourth quarter. In
any case, the stout defense any explosive offensive
led the team to a 5-0 start to the season.
Now the team heads into the meat of their league
schedule, with a league championship, the Dutchmen
Transit trophy, and a possible NCAA playoff position
up for grabs. The Engineers return to the
field to host the Merchant Marine Academy, then the
Transit Trophy game against WPI, a date with the Rochester
Yellowjackets at home, and finishing up at crosstown
rival Union for "the Shoes". If
they can run that gauntlet, a NCAA bid will be assured,
and a home game in the playoffs a distinct possibility.
Better Late Than Never
So first off an appology for getting the PBAN5 details out
to the group so late this year. As stated in the last newsletter,
PBAN will return to the day after Black Friday as it was
for PBAN1-3. That means this year's PBAN will take place
on 11/3 vs. Brown. Don't ask me how Brown always gets the
short end of the stick with these events, but at least they're
Here's the details:
- To RSVP: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RPI_Pep_Band_Alumni/surveys?id=2287484
This is our usual RSVP procedures. Be sure to indicate
number of guests, if you'll need an instrument, etc...
- Rehearsal: I don't see one listed on the Pep Band Calendar,
and given their busy weekend I would assume that even if
there is one it'll be short. I'm still working to confirm
this and will send out an update e-mail this week.
- The game! Beat the Fieldhouse at 6:30pm for RPI vs Brown!
- The mixer! The 5th Student/Alumni Mixer will take place
at Mike Joseph's '08, '12 appartment at 2218 16th street.
From the HFH, coming down Peoples,
make a right onto Burdett heading towards Samaritan Hospital.
Make a left on Eagle
Street behind the hospital. Pass over 17th St, and make
the left onto 16th St. The apartment is on 16th between
Eagle and Jacob. Parking will be possible on the street
on 16th between Eagle and Hutton, plus cars an also be
parked on Eagle. Donations will be accepted but are not
So that's the scoop. Hope to see you all there.
Mark Your calendars!
FREAKOUT is coming! FREAKOUT is coming!
The 31st Annual Freakout will take place on 2/2/08 vs. Princeton.
We're still working out details for the weekend, but make
sure you mark your calendars now. We'll be looking to do
group tickets again, along with the traditional pre-game
dinner and after-party.
If you're interrested in helping out this year, please let
us know by e-mailing Chris at email@example.com.
Also, if you have any suggestions or new ideas to help us
improve this season's events, drop those off to us as well.
Another academic year is well underway, and with it
comes the start of our athletic seasons! Already we've
played at several football and hockey games, as well
as a pep rally, hockey line, and a tailgate prior to
the men's season opener against Bentley! Student orientations
over the summer went well, and combined with our second
year of programming during Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond,
we have one of the largest incoming classes in the band
in quite some time.
It'll be pretty busy between now and
winter break, with numerous home games in the coming
weeks and the second annual Governor's Cup taking place
in Albany on the weekend of 10/26-10/27. Black Friday
and Pep Band Alumni Night occupy the following weekend,
followed by a road trip to Clarkson and St. Lawrence
for women's hockey the weekend after.
We haven't discussed yet whether we'll be playing at
the holiday tournament this year, but we'll be getting
there pretty soon - and the weekend after that we're
on the road again to Quinnipiac on 12/1. Two weekends
women's and men's hockey at home round out the rest of
the semester before we go on
If you didn't notice, the Clarkson/St. Lawrence
trip falls on the weekend of football @ Union - we're
planning to put two groups together so some of those
not going on the road can go play at Union. We're still
pushing for a new stage at the Field House as part of
the upcoming renovations, but it's up in the air as to
exactly what's going to
happen. We'll keep you up-to-date as it gets closer to
construction time and the athletic department comes to
a better conclusion of what's going on inside.
As always, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
-Natalie & Gary
So, to recap:
issue: FREAKOUT! More hockey, football recap, and more!