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RPI Will Face Challenge

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, October 9, 2005

TROY - After a 13-3 exhibition game romp over a weak University of Ottawa team, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute may feel like today's season opener at UMass-Lowell (2 p.m.) is going from one extreme to the other.

The Engineers will be taking on what is arguably the most veteran team in the East; and a senior-laden River Hawks team that will be in a foul mood after the 6-2 defeat Lowell incurred at Colgate on Friday night.

"Disappointing," River Hawks coach Blaise MacDonald said. "They (Colgate) did the little things I was hoping we would do. At the end of the day, Colgate had more desire, tenacity and willingness to hunt down loose pucks. We have to be better (today)."

Lowell posted a 5-3 victory at Rensselaer last season.

The River Hawks, 20-12-4 last year, are led by preseason All-Hockey East Third Team center Elias Godoy (12-27-39), who was shut out by Colgate on Friday, though his linemate Mark Pandolfo scored one of the River Hawks' goals.

The Engineers, when they realized they could fill the Ottawa net, got quite sloppy during the second period. They surrendered two goals and could have allowed a couple more as well.

Coach Dan Fridgen says they'll have to be much sharper in their own end today.

"We had some defensive breakdowns," he said. "I saw some lapses ... that once you get up against Hockey East and ECAC teams, you're not going to be able to (get away with) those lapses, you've got to be real consistent with what you're thinking and what you're doing."

"They'll be really peeved and they'll be at home, their home opener," said RPI tri-captain Kevin Croxton of the River Hawks. "We're just going to take the same philosophy we did into this game right into (Lowell) and go hard every shift.