Saint Lawrence vs. Plattsburgh
March 30, 2009
The Game Story:
Mar. 30: St. Lawrence University junior goaltender Andrew Cochran made his first collegiate start a memorable one on Monday night, as the Kenilworth, IL native made 13 saves to help the No. 20 Saints defeat Plattsburgh State by the score of 15-8 under the lights at North Country Field.

St. Lawrence (4-2, 1-0) had a trio of players score three goals each, including seniors Peter Carroll and Alex Slauson and first-year student Caldwell Rohrbach. Plattsburgh State’s Adrian Marino scored a game-high four goals in a game that saw a combined 44 turnovers thanks to a slick Astroturf. The loss drops the Cardinals to 5-3 (0-0) on the season.

“The weather conditions made things difficult early on, as we really struggled to find success clearing the ball against an athletic Plattsburgh team,” said St. Lawrence head coach Mike Mahoney, who improved to 9-0 against the Cardinals in his career. “They had two of the top offensive players in the country in (Luke) Weidlein and (Kyle) Norchi, and I thought Andrew (Cochran) and our defense did a nice job of slowing them down.”

In what proved to be a very physical game that included a total of 13 penalties, Norchi opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 4:10 of the first quarter. Though Carroll would answer for St. Lawrence at 7:22, Norchi and teammate Tom Cerny capped the scoring in the opening frame to put the visiting Cardinals on top 3-1.

Junior defenseman Trevor Scoon would anchor the Saints’ defensive unit throughout the second quarter, as he did a solid job keeping Weidlein from operating in the offensive zone. With consistent pressure being put on the ball by sophomore Chris Palmer and seniors Carl Festa and Chris Farr and four key saves by Cochran,

St. Lawrence was able to keep Plattsburgh State from scoring in the second quarter. Their defensive job allowed the Scarlet and Brown to rally with a three-goal period to take a 4-3 halftime lead.

Slauson started the comeback effort with a goal from junior Scott Smith at 3:27 while Carroll followed only 1:44 later to tie the score at 3-3. Junior Nick Woodhull then used an acrobatic move to score his first goal of his career and give the Saints their first cushion at 4-3 with 5:20 remaining in the first half. The Bedford, NY native showed his speed after scooping up a groundball in the midfield, separating himself from the defense and moving in on Plattsburgh goalie Matt Billia. Just as Woodhull launched a shot that would beat Billia, he was decked by a Cardinal defender, though he bounced right back up and celebrated his first goal alongside his teammates.

“Nick’s goal was really a turning point, I thought. It gave us a lead going into the half despite not playing our best lacrosse,” added Mahoney. “That goal and our man-down defense really energized our team late in the half.”

Though Plattsburgh would tie the score at 4-4 only 1:46 into the third quarter, Rohrbach would pick up a man-up goal only 1:06 later to give St. Lawrence a lead they would never relinquish. The Seattle, WA native’s goal started a four-goal run to end the third quarter scoring and give the Saints an 8-4 cushion with 15 minutes to play. Carroll, Smith and senior Collin Moon would score in the third to build the home team’s advantage.

The two North Country rivals would score two goals each to open the fourth quarter, as Slauson and Marino exchanged tallies throughout the opening five minutes to bring the score to 10-6 in favor of St. Lawrence. Plattsburgh would get no closer, though, as junior John Manning, who controlled the ball well in the midfield throughout the game, scored an unassisted goal to make it 11-6 with 9:32 to play. Rohrbach and Moon then followed with goals only 1:29 apart for a 13-6 lead.

Marino would score two goals only 33 seconds apart to pull the Cardinals back to within five at 13-8, but Rohrbach and sophomore Stephen Vaughan would answer for St. Lawrence to bring the game to its final tally of 15-8.

Slauson finished with a season-high six points (3g,3a), while Scoon scooped up a game-high seven ground balls and caused four turnovers. Cochran’s 13 saves is the most in a game by a St. Lawrence goalie this season, while Billia turned in 15 stops for Plattsburgh State. Danny Caufield and Logan Carpenter each made a save in relief of Billia in the fourth quarter. The St. Lawrence man-down defense held Plattsburgh without a man-up goal, as the Cardinals finished 0-for-6 on their tries while the Saints were 2-of-7.

St. Lawrence will complete their three-game home stand on Wednesday, April 1 against Potsdam State. The non-conference game between the Saints and Bears is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm.