Oswego State vs. Saint Lawrence
March 27, 2007
The Game Story:
Mar. 27: Senior Brian Crowley scored his first collegiate goal and had an outstanding defensive game, while junior Derek Hansen tallied three goals including two man-up tallies as the No. 13 St. Lawrence University men’s lacrosse team handled Oswego State 15-5 at North Country Field in Canton, NY on Tuesday evening.

The Saints improved to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 on their home turf, while Oswego State fell to 2-3.

Crowley opened the game’s scoring only 2:13 into the contest when he rifled a shot past Oswego State netminder Matt Pfister. The Acton, MA native’s goal set the tone for the game, and junior Ben Prime followed with a goal only 2:19 later to put the home team on top 2-0.

The Lakers, who had expected to play the game in Oswego, NY but couldn’t due to field conditions, scored their first goal with 7:13 remaining in the first quarter to cut their deficit to 2-1 and complete the scoring in the opening period. Mike Recor beat Saints goalie Justin Demuth on an unassisted tally to bring the Lakers back to within one.

The second quarter belonged to the Scarlet and Brown, though, as St. Lawrence built a 7-1 lead behind five consecutive goals. Last week’s Liberty League “Rookie of the Week” Will McKee scored his first goal of the contest only seven seconds into the period thanks to a face-off win by sophomore PJ Santora. Hansen followed with his first man-up goal of the game only 52 seconds later to extend the Saints cushion to 4-1.

After Canton, NY native Willie Lapinski made it 5-1 on a long shot through traffic, senior Brendan Lynch and McKee scored to make the score 7-1 with 6:30 remaining in the second period. Though Mike Brewster scored an unassisted goal at 2:49 for the Lakers, it was the Saints that carried a large 7-2 lead into the half.

The Saints defensive unit had a solid showing, as Crowley, fellow senior JJ Hearty and juniors Ben Buskey and Brian Chamberlain were outstanding in protecting Demuth and shutting down the Oswego State offense. They held Oswego to only nine shots in the first half, while their offense fired 27 attempts towards Pfister.

St. Lawrence opened the third quarter in style, netting the first two goals to extend their lead to 9-2. Sophomore Alex Slauson and senior Andy Centauro scored their only goals of the game at 13:25 and 11:12, respectively, to help build the lead to seven.

However, after rookie Trevor Scoon took two penalties at 8:51, Oswego State had their chance to perhaps get back into the game after a goal by Mike Strohm made the score 9-3. The Saints defensive core, playing man down for two minutes, buckled down and allowed only the one goal.

Hansen would then net his second man up goal of the game at 2:19 after Oswego’s Matt Ficarra was given a 30 second penalty for Illegal Procedure. After the Lakers got a goal from Mike Brewster, the Saints had one last chance to score before the end of the third quarter. Buskey intercepted a pass near midfield and sent a long pass ahead to McKee with the clock under five seconds. McKee made a quick, heads-up pass to junior Kevin Russell to Pfister’s right, and the Madison, CT native buried a shot over the goalie’s right shoulder as the buzzer sounded to end the quarter with the score 11-4 in favor of the Saints.

Though the Lakers scored the opening goal of the fourth (Steve Tronovitch), the final fifteen minutes also belonged to the Scarlet and Brown, as the rattled off four straight goals to end the game. Senior Nick Mastine, sophomore Peter Carroll, Hansen, and rookie CP Rahe all scored in the final quarter to give the Saints their fourth win of the season by the score of 15-5.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take it,” said Saints head coach Mike Mahoney. “I thought Brian ( Crowley) had a very solid game, and Justin (Demuth) made seven big saves in the second half to keep the momentum on our side. We still have potentially three games remaining this week, so we need to stay focused and energized.”

Demuth finished with ten saves and improved to 4-1 on the season, while Pfister made 12 stops and dropped to 2-3. The Saints held a 46-22 advantage in shots were 16-of-23 on face-offs, much in thanks to Santora who finished 16-of-21 with 12 ground balls.

The Saints have two more scheduled games remaining this week, as they will visit Plattsburgh State on Thursday for a night game at 7:30pm. They will then welcome Vassar College to Canton, NY on Saturday, March 31st for the 2007 Liberty League opener.