Saint Lawrence vs. Potsdam State
April 3, 2007
The Game Story:
Apr. 3: The No. 12 St. Lawrence University men’s lacrosse team found themselves in tight game through the first quarter of Tuesday’s game with North Country rival Potsdam State. However, the Saints ran off eleven straight goals to put away the Bears by the score of 15-4 in a very physical non-conference game played at North Country Field. Leading the Saints was junior Kevin Russell with five points, including two goals and three assists.

The Bears took the early 1-0 lead just after a St. Lawrence penalty expired when Potsdam’s Jamie Settineri took a pass from Corey Reinhart just outside the goal crease and laced a shot past Saints goalie Justin Demuth at 5:53 of the first quarter.

The home team bounced back quickly, however, with two goals in a span of 57 seconds to take their first lead of the game. Russell tallied his first of five points by scoring the Saints opening goal at 7:12 by ripping a tough-angle shot into the corner of the net, followed by a tally from senior attack Andy Centauro to put his team ahead 2-1.

After Potsdam leveled the score on a goal by George Nolan, the Saints again responded with a pair of goals from Mike Long and Will McKee to snag a 4-2 advantage. The Bears refused to go away, though, scoring the final goal of the opening quarter with only 30 seconds remaining. Justin Wilson-Kirby took advantage of a good break on the face-off and came up with the ball right in front of a helpless Demuth, whom he beat to make the score 4-3 after one period.

Keeping the Bears in the game was goaltender Brian Hondorf, who made eight first half saves for Potsdam. However, his offense, which looked very promising in the first quarter, went quiet as the Saints defensive unit cracked down. St. Lawrence out-shot the Bears 11-0 in the second frame, and in turn out-scored them 2-0 to end the first half with a 6-3 advantage. Goals in the second quarter came from junior Ben Prime and sophomore Kyle Benton.

With the game’s outcome still very much in doubt, it was the nation’s 12th ranked team that established control behind nine straight second half goals to grab a dominating 15-3 lead. St. Lawrence again out-shot Potsdam 11-6 in the third, but Demuth was key, stopping all four of his opponent’s bids on net to again shut them out in the period.

On the other end of the turf, Hondorf made four saves as well, but could not keep the Saints potent offense off the scoreboard. The Scarlet and Brown scored five goals in the period to open up a commanding 11-3 cushion, with tallies coming from junior Cory Yawger, Russell, Benton, sophomore Alex Slauson, and senior Brendan Lynch.

The fourth quarter again belonged to the Saints, with goals from junior Derek Hansen, senior Nick Mastine, first year student Will McKee, and senior Willie Lapinski. The Saints allowed only two shots to the Bears, who scored the final goal of the game with 2:00 minutes to play (George Nolan).

The game was filled with hard hits and physical play, including 16 total penalties for 14 minutes.

St. Lawrence finished with a 46-13 edge in shots and was 12-of-14 in clearing attempts.

Demuth stopped six saves in 54:15 minutes of play to earn his sixth win of the season, while Hondorf make 16 stops between the pipes for the Bears.

The Saints, who improved to 7-1 with Tuesday’s victory, will be in action again on Saturday, April 7 th in an important Liberty League contest with Hamilton College. The game between the Scarlet and Brown and the Continentals will begin at 3:00pm at North Country Field.