Saint Lawrence vs. Cortland State
April 23, 2009
The Game Story:
Apr. 23: The No. 16 St. Lawrence University men’s lacrosse team’s eight-game winning streak came to a halt on Thursday afternoon, as the Saints were handed a 13-4 loss by No. 9 Cortland State in a contest that included 23 total penalties. Senior Peter Carroll scored twice for the Scarlet and Brown, while fellow classmates Collin Moon and John Allen added tallies in the loss.

St. Lawrence (9-3) finished ahead of Cortland State (12-2) in nearly every statistical category, including shots (39-33), ground balls (41-31), face-offs (16-of-20) and clears (17-of-17). However, the Saints also matched their season high in turnovers with 22 and finished 0-for-11 on man-up chances which allowed Cortland State to win the battle of nationally-ranked foes.

“I thought we did a lot of positive things today,” said St. Lawrence head coach Mike Mahoney. “We simply turned the ball over too often and didn’t capitalize on our chances, and a great team like Cortland is going to make you pay for your mistakes.”

The Red Dragons jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first half to seize control of the momentum. Brian Krol scored only 2:37 into regulation on St. Lawrence senior goalie Thomas Hollingsworth, while Eric Parah followed for a 2-0 Red Dragon lead to cap the first quarter scoring. Cortland State netminder Matt Hipenbecker was the difference for the home team in the opening 15 minutes, as he made six key saves that kept St. Lawrence off the scoreboard.

Cortland State made it 4-0 midway through the second quarter when Brandon Misiaszek and Matt Noble scored goals only 1:39 apart. Krol then added a man-up tally to make it 5-0 with 5:20 to play in the second frame.
St. Lawrence would finally get on the scoreboard and end the first half scoring when Carroll scored his 21st goal of the season at 12:06 to make the score 5-1 at the intermission.

Greg Wright would open the second half scoring only 43 seconds in to make it 6-1 in favor of the home team, though Carroll came right back with his second of the game to bring the score to 6-2. After Cortland’s Joey Morgan and Krol exchanged two-goal runs with Allen and Moon to bring the score to 8-4, the Red Dragons’ offense was able to pick up the game’s final five goals to put the contest out of reach.

Mike Tota scored his 31st goal of the season for Cortland for a 9-4 lead with 4:31 left in the third quarter, while Chris DeLuca and Krol added goals before the end of the stanza for an 11-4 advantage. Morgan would score the only two goals in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring and give Cortland State the solid 13-4 win over St. Lawrence.

Senior P.J. Santora had one of his best games of the season in the face-off circle for the Scarlet and Brown, as he finished 16-of-20 with three ground balls. Hollingsworth closed with 10 saves in 45 minutes of action while allowing 11 goals and junior Andrew Cochran played the fourth quarter for St. Lawrence, making two stops and giving up two tallies. Hipenbecker earned the win for Cortland, closing with 11 saves while Mike Robinson made two saves in his stead.

Though the loss snaps St. Lawrence’s winning streak, the Saints have already earned the No. 1 seed in the 2009 Liberty League Tournament. The Scarlet and Brown will look to win their 30th straight Liberty League game when they welcome Hamilton College to Canton, NY on Saturday, April 25th at 1:00pm. The Saints will honor the team’s 11 members of the Class of 2009 on “Senior Day” against the Continentals.