Saint Lawrence vs. Union
May 1, 2009
The Game Story:
May 1: St. Lawrence University seniors Collin Moon and Peter Carroll each scored three goals while classmate John Allen chipped in two more as the No. 18 Saints defeated a tenacious Union College team on Friday afternoon at North Country Field to advance to the 2009 Liberty League championship game. The Scarlet and Brown will host arch rival Clarkson University on Sunday, May 3 at noon for a bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

The victory moves St. Lawrence to 11-3 on the season, while Union’s 2009 campaign comes to an end with a mark of 7-7.

“Union came out and played tough as we expected and earned an early lead,” said St. Lawrence head coach Mike Mahoney, who was named the Liberty League’s Coach of the Year on Thursday. “I am really proud of the way our veteran leaders continue to respond this year with their backs against the wall. They came up big again today and lifted us to the championship game.”

The Dutchmen, the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament, came out playing with confidence and built a 4-1 lead in the second quarter. Ian Hunter and Scott Garibaldi scored to put the visitors on top 2-0, and after a goal by Carroll to make it 2-1, Ted McKenna scored the opening two tallies of the second quarter for a 4-1 Dutchmen advantage.

Union goalie Christopher Keinath helped keep the Saints’ offense quiet early, as he came up with nine saves in the first half including five in the first quarter.

Trailing by three, the Saints began to chip away midway through the second quarter. Moon scored an unassisted goal at 6:05, while fellow senior Kyle Benton scored a man-up goal at 9:39 to bring the home team back to within one at 4-3. After Carroll tied the game with a hard shot under the crossbar, Moon put

St. Lawrence ahead for the first time at 5-4, forcing the Dutchmen to call a timeout and regroup.

The timeout served Union well, as they evened the game at 5-5 with 1:38 to play in the second frame on a goal by Brendan Kinnane. Allen would respond thanks to a bit of luck only 44 seconds later to give the Scarlet and Brown a one-goal cushion at halftime, 6-5. The Amherst, NY native’s long shot was deflected by a Union defenseman, and the ricochet caught Keinath out of position for Allen’s first goal of the game.

Senior captain Alex Slauson, who was named the conference’s Player of the Year, scored a man-up goal only 27 seconds into the third quarter to give St. Lawrence a 7-5 advantage. The goal would be the first of four in the opening three minutes of the second half, as Christopher Jacobson would answer only 36 seconds later for the Dutchmen. However, Moon and Allen scored goals only 1:13 apart to give the Saints their largest lead at 9-6 with 12:37 to go in the third quarter.

The Dutchmen continued to grind away, as they found success against St. Lawrence senior goalie Thomas Hollingsworth. Kinnane scored at 5:28 of the third, while Nick Alfonzetti cut the Union deficit to one goal at 9-8 with 4:38 to play in the third quarter. St. Lawrence first-year student Caldwell Rohrbach would halt the visitor’s momentum, though, with an unassisted goal with 1:19 to go in the third to put St. Lawrence on top 10-8.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Saints’ defensive unit, as junior Trevor Scoon, senior Chris Farr and junior Teddy Barber protected Hollingsworth and allowed only five shots in the frame. Their efforts, along with a goal by junior CP Rahe at 2:30 of the fourth, allowed the Scarlet and Brown to slam the door on Union’s upset bid and advance to the 2009 Liberty League title game.

The Saints took advantage of each of their man-up tries, as they were 2-for-2 on the day and managed to not take a penalty throughout the game. St. Lawrence finished with a 43-23 advantage in shots and won 14-of-22 face-offs. Hollingsworth finished with six saves in the game while Keinath made 17 stops in a losing effort.

“Clarkson is obviously one of the most talented teams we faced all season, and they avenged a tough loss to Skidmore to advance to Sunday’s game,” added Coach Mahoney, whose team has won 31 consecutive Liberty League games. “They have great finishers up front and a sound defensive game. It should be quite a battle.”

St. Lawrence defeated Clarkson earlier this season in Potsdam, NY by the score of 10-7. The rematch will begin at 12:00pm on Sunday, May 3 with a slot in the NCAA Tournament field on the line.