Courtney Cartier had a big day in her final game on North Country Field, but a late Saint rally fell short as Rensselaer held off the Saints for a 4-3 Liberty League field hockey victory, spoiling the Saints' Senior Day on Saturday.
Cartier fueled a late Saint comeback from 4-1 down with two of her three goals in the game coming in the final 12 minutes, but the Saints could not come up with the equalizer as they dropped their fifth straight. SLU is now 2-11 overall and 1-4 in league play while RPI improved to 7-5 overall and 3-1 in league action.
Holly Dupuis had a goal and two assists and Liana Viaggio scored twice as RPI built a 3-1 halftime lead. VIaggio opened the scoring from Dupuis just 4:23 into the game as she took a pass from the right side and beat Saint goalie Brady Cooper from 10 feet out for her seventh goal of the season.
Cartier scored the first of her three goals in the game to tie it at 8:18 of the first on a penalty stroke, but Dupuis and Viaggio teamed up again to make it a 2-1 RPI lead at 25:01 as Viaggio scored on a sweeping shot from the left side after Dupuis passed the ball across the goal mouth. Dupuis then made it a 3-1 game with her fifth of the year, converting a rebound at 28:32.
Chloe Hutchinson scored what proved to be the game winner on a penalty stroke 15 minutes into the second half before Cartier brought the Saints back into contention.
The Saint senior scored her ninth of the year from Emma Berry at 57:50, connecting on a shot to the corner after Berry centered the ball and Cartier scored her third of the game with 1:47 to play, finishing off a two-on-one break with Ali Ferenczy, but the Saints could not come up with the equalizer.
RPI had a 21-17 edge in shots while the Saints had an 11-7 advantage in corners with 10 of the Saint corners coming in the second half. Cooper finished with 10 saves for the Saints while Hannah Clough had nine for RPI.