Rpi vs. Saint Lawrence
April 14, 2007
The Game Story:
TROY, N.Y. - St. Lawrence University (SLU) scored six straight second half goals, including five in the third quarter, and the tenth-ranked Saints held on for an 8-7 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in a Liberty League menís lacrosse game at Harkness Field. SLU improves to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the league while RPI falls to 9-2 and 2-1.

Rensselaer held a 3-1 lead after the first quarter and a 4-2 advantage at halftime. The homestanding Red Hawks increased their margin to 5-2 early in the third quarter before the Saints went on their run. Five different St. Lawrence players scored in the span, which put SLU ahead 8-5 with 13:57 remaining in the fourth quarter. Senior midfielder Brendan Lynch (Medfield, MA/Medfield) tallied twice, including the eventual game-winner, unassisted, early in the final frame.

Junior PJ McComb (Newington, CT/Newington) pulled RPI to within two goals (8-6) with an unassisted tally at 10:06 and Mike Sampson (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) made it a one-goal game with a man-up goal with 3:23 left. The Red Hawks could not get the equalizer, however, despite generating chances on a late man-up opportunity.

St. Lawrence netminder Justin Demuth (Jordan, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) finished with seven saves, including three in the third quarter and two in the fourth. Lynch registered two goals, an assist, and four ground balls and sophomore P.J. Santora (Cos Cob, CT/Millbrook School) was 16-for-18 on faceoffs with a game-high ten ground balls.

Rensselaer was led offensively by McComb and Sampson, who had two goals and an assist each. Sampson added five ground balls while McComb had three. Freshman Paul Cerone (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) scored two goals with three ground balls. Senior Ryan Michels (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) made 15 saves, including eight in the second quarter. He also had eight ground balls.

The Red Hawks return to action next Saturday when they host Hamilton College in a Liberty League contest at Harkness Field (1pm). St. Lawrence is back in action on Wednesday at league rival Clarkson University beginning at 4pm.