Saint Lawrence vs. Potsdam State
April 1, 2009
The Game Story:
Apr. 1: Despite being tied with Potsdam State after the first quarter without two of their best defenders, the No. 20 St. Lawrence University men’s lacrosse team scored 10 of the next 11 goals in the game and shut out the Bears in the second half to pick up a 12-3 non-conference victory on Wednesday afternoon at North Country Field.

St. Lawrence (5-2) played without senior captain Nick Stefans and junior Trevor Scoon, but the duo was filled in for nicely by juniors Teddy Barber and John Manning. Potsdam State (3-3) took a 2-1 lead in the opening quarter, but was unable to overcome 14 penalties for 10:30 minutes, which led to a wide 59-14 advantage in shots for the Saints.

Junior Scott Smith scored the opening goal for the home team, but Potsdam State answered with back to back goals by Ben McCullough and Kevin Green for a 2-1 lead with 5:56 left in the opening quarter. Though
St. Lawrence couldn’t convert on either man-up tries in the first including a two-man advantage, senior captain Alex Slauson would tie the game at 2-2 at the 12:05 mark to cap the first quarter scoring.

Though the game was closely contested throughout the first 15 minutes, St. Lawrence would assert itself in the second quarter, as they controlled the field and out-shot the Bears 15-3. The Scarlet and Brown reeled off five straight goals from senior Collin Moon, Slauson, senior John Allen and first-year student Mick MacLaverty to open up a wide 7-2 lead. The visitors would score with 17 seconds left in the half when McCullough found Kyle Phelix in front of St. Lawrence senior goalie Thomas Hollingsworth to cap the first half scoring with the Saints up 7-3.

St. Lawrence would put the game out reach in the third quarter as they managed to out-shoot the Bears 22-0 in the frame to open up an 11-3 advantage. Junior CP Rahe opened the scoring only 2:37 in with an assist going to classmate Adam Boghosian, while senior Tom Guest followed 2:15 later for a 9-3 edge. First-year student James Hutson ripped a perfect shot under the crossbar at 6:42 for an unassisted goal, while Slauson finished the quarter’s scoring only 1:49 later.

The Bears simply couldn’t get their offense going, as they were able to convert only 3-of-6 clears in the quarter while St. Lawrence punished them in the midfield. The visitors were also hampered by three of their 14 penalties in the frame.

MacLaverty would score the only goal of the fourth quarter at 6:44 with an assist going to Hutson. The Saints fired 13 shots towards the cage in the period to Potsdam’s six, with the Bears taking the only four penalties in the stanza.

St. Lawrence finished with a 30-22 edge in ground balls and was 17-of-18 in their clearing game. Senior PJ Santora won 11-of-16 face-offs against nationally-ranked David Blackburn (5-of-15), while the Saints closed with a 2-for-10 mark on man-up tries to Potsdam’s 0-for-1.

Hollingsworth picked up the victory after making three saves in 49:30 minutes of action, while junior Andrew Cochran made two stops in 6:04. Rookie Matt Ruscio also spent 4:26 minutes in the net for the Scarlet and Brown. Meanwhile, Potsdam’s goaltender Geoff Mayor, who entered the game ranked third in the country in save percentage and goals against average, allowed seven goals and made five saves in 30:00 minutes of action. He was replaced by Billy Richards at halftime, who made nine stops while allowing five goals.

Barber and junior Nick Woodhull each finished with a game-high three caused turnovers, while Manning scooped up a game-high five ground balls. Slauson closed with three goals while Allen scored two. Senior Peter Carroll chipped in two assists for St. Lawrence, who defeated Potsdam for the ninth consecutive time.