TROY, NY – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Brian Doughty was chosen as the Liberty League’s defensive performer of the week, the conference said. The senior goalie backed the Engineers in a 14-5 season opener over league nemesis Skidmore College on Saturday.
Doughty (Glenelg, MD / Glenelg) made 13 saves on 17 shots against a fallen ball in a game at ECAV Stadium. He made two saves in the first quarter and four in the second as RPI built an 8-0 halftime lead that eventually grew to 12-1. He added three saves in the third quarter and four in the fourth before being pulled out of the game with the engineers ahead of 14-4.
Captain, Doughty started all six games last season when the campaign was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was 4-2 with an 11.63 goals-against average and .496 save percentage. In 17 starts the previous year, he was 10-5 with a GAA of 10.68 and a percent stop of 0.530. In six games as a rookie, the Industrial Engineering and Management major went 2-0 with an 11.16 goals-against average and 0.509 save percentage.
This is the second Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week award for Doughty, who had previously won the honor in sophomore year.
Rensselaer, who placed Owen Putman (Round Lake, NY / Shenenedehowa) on the weekly honor roll after his 6-goal performance, hosts Union College in a championship game Wednesday at 6 p.m.