Saint Lawrence vs. Plattsburgh
March 31, 2008
The Game Story:
Mar. 31: Senior attackmen Kevin Russell collected one goal and five assists, while junior midfielder Alex Slauson scored a game-high four goals as the No. 15 St. Lawrence University men’s lacrosse team overcame a three-goal first quarter deficit to drop Plattsburgh State, 20-7, on Monday evening at North Country Field.

The Saints (3-2, 1-0) used runs of seven and eleven goals to put away the Cardinals (4-4, 0-0), and junior goaltender Thomas Hollingsworth settled in after a rough first quarter to record nine saves and earn the victory.

Plattsburgh State came out blazing in the opening quarter, building a 5-1 cushion only 10:35 into the game. Frank Sangiovanni opened the scoring for the visitors, and after St. Lawrence tied it at 1-1 on a goal by junior Peter Carroll, Bryan Copius scored three straight goals to give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead with 6:18 to play in the first. After a man-up goal by Tom Cerny, Plattsburgh had a 5-1 lead, forcing St. Lawrence head coach Mike Mahoney to use a time out.

The break in the action served the Saints well, as Russell scored only 46 seconds later to complete the first period scoring, but give the home team the momentum into the second quarter trailing 5-2.

Hollingsworth, who made only two saves in the opening 15 minutes, came through with four clutch stops in the second stanza including one on Sangiovanni from point-blank range. Thanks to the goaltender’s play and the defensive efforts by senior Ben Buskey and junior Nick Stefans, the Saints were able to outscore the Cardinals 5-0 in the second and carry a 7-5 lead into the half.

Carroll opened the second quarter scoring for St. Lawrence, while Slauson and sophomore Dillon Simpson tallied goals to tie the game at 5-5. Junior Kyle Benton would score his first goal of the game at 10:30 of the second quarter, giving the Saints a lead they would not relinquish at 6-5. Sophomore Will McKee capped off the first half scoring with a fantastic move around a defender and scoring on Plattsburgh goaltender Billy Hughes with only 12 seconds left on the clock for a 7-5 St. Lawrence lead.

After the teams exchanged goals twice early in the third quarter to bring the score to 9-7, the Scarlet and Brown flexed their high octane offense and finished the game on an 11-0 run. Benton, senior Ben Prime and McKee all added goals in the third quarter to bring the score to 12-7 after three quarters of play.

The fourth quarter belonged to the home team, as they managed to out-shoot their opponents 14-3 in the frame and out-scored them 8-0 as well. Insurance goals for St. Lawrence came from Slauson (3), sophomore Scott Smith, Carroll, senior Mike Long and sophomores CP Rahe and Adam Boghosian, bringing the score to its final of 20-7.

“After getting off to a tough start, I was happy with the way Thomas (Hollingsworth) and our defensive unit responded tonight,” said Coach Mahoney. “Kevin (Russell) has been playing very well for us offensively, and he set up five goals tonight to help us pick up our third straight win.”

Russell, who scored six points for the third consecutive game, was named the Liberty League’s Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Oswego State and Vassar.

The Saints finished with a 53-23 advantage in shots, a 45-38 edge in ground balls and successfully completed 21-of-24 clears. The Scarlet and Brown were also 2-of-3 on man-up opportunities.

St. Lawrence will have very little time to relax, as they will take on another North Country rival, Potsdam State, on Wednesday, April 2 at 4:00pm in Potsdam, NY.