Oswego State vs. Saint Lawrence
March 25, 2009
The Game Story:
Mar. 25: St. Lawrence University senior captain Alex Slauson scored five goals including three straight in the second half to help the No. 20 Saints defeat Oswego State 13-4 in Oswego, NY on Wednesday.

St. Lawrence moved to 2-2 on the season despite taking nine penalties in the game for 8:30 minutes. Oswego State fell to 2-5 after being out-shot by the Scarlet and Brown by a wide 46-16 margin.

Oswego State took a 1-0 lead under five minutes into the opening quarter when Mike Recor scored on

St. Lawrence senior goalie Thomas Hollingsworth. The Lakers would also do a solid job defensively of keeping the visitors off the scoreboard, as the Saints would have to wait until there was only 57 seconds left in the opening stanza. Junior CP Rahe tied the game at 1-1 by scoring on Oswego State netminder Judd Robinson.

Though the Lakers were able to hang with the Saints through 15 minutes, the Scarlet and Brown owned the second quarter scoring to take a 4-1 lead into halftime. The senior trio of John Allen, Slauson and Kyle Benton would each pick up a tally in the second to give their team some breathing room as they tried to avoid an upset.

After Slauson and Oswego’s Dan Scarazzo exchanged goals to open the third quarter, Slauson went off offensively to give his team complete control of the game. The Shelburne, VT native scored three consecutive goals in a span of 4:26 to bring his total to a game-high five to put St. Lawrence on top 8-2 after 45 minutes of play.

Senior Peter Carroll, who had three assists in the game, opened the fourth quarter scoring only 50 seconds in for a 9-2 advantage. Though Oswego State would pick up back-to-back goals from Spencer Mallia and Mike Brewster to cut their deficit to five at 9-4, Benton and a trio of St. Lawrence rookies would put the game out of reach. Benton added his second goal of the game with 5:27 left in regulation, while rookies Caldwell Rohrbach, Mick MacLaverty and James Hutson each picked up goals to cap the scoring and give the Saints a 13-4 win.

St. Lawrence finished 2-of-3 on their man-up opportunities while Oswego State finished 2-for-9. The Saints scooped up ten more ground balls than the Lakers, 47-37, and senior midfielder PJ Santora won 15-of-20 face-offs. Hollingsworth finished with six saves to earn the win for the Scarlet and Brown, while Robinson stopped 15 shots for Oswego State.

The Saints will be in action again on Saturday, March 28 in their home-opener against Liberty League foe Skidmore College. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm at North Country Field.