No. 4 Red Dragons Handle Saints, 13-4
Apr. 21: The St. Lawrence University men's lacrosse team lost a non-conference game to nationally-ranked No. 4 Cortland State on Wednesday afternoon at North Country Field by the score of 13-4. The Red Dragons, the defending national champions, built a comfortable 8-0 halftime lead en route to the team's ninth straight victory.
The Saints (7-5, 2-2) were simply unable to manufacture much offense in the first half, as Cortland State's Mike Kaminski made five stops to blank the team throughout the opening 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the Red Dragons had eight players score in the game including a five-goal outing from Chris DeLuca.
"We did a good job in the first half against their attack, but were unable to capitalize on any of our own chances," said St. Lawrence head coach Mike Mahoney. "Things started to get away from us a little bit in the second quarter, and when you're playing a team as talented and deep as Cortland, they're going to make you pay. We have a huge game at home on Saturday and will need to do a better job getting our offense clicking early."
Cortland State finished with a 33-27 advantage in shots and a solid 32-18 edge in ground balls. Another key factor in the win for the visitors was face-offs, as the Red Dragons won 16-of-19 draws.
DeLuca opened the game's scoring only 1:47 into the first quarter, and his team never looked back. Though Mike Tota's man-up goal with 1:16 left in the stanza would cap the quarter's scoring with the Red Dragons on top 2-0, it was a six-goal barrage in the second that really gave the visitors firm control.
DeLuca again opened the quarter's scoring, while Tom Burke and Brandon Misiaszek followed for a 5-0 lead. Brian Kroll and DeLuca made it 7-0 before DeLuca ended the first half scoring with his fourth goal at 10:39 for the 8-0 advantage. The offensive attack by Cortland State knocked St. Lawrence senior goalie Andrew Cochran from the contest with two saves.
Despite trailing by a large margin, St. Lawrence continued to work and came away winning the third quarter scoring. First-year student Mac Johnson got the Scarlet and Brown on the scoreboard 3:09 into the frame. Though Tota would answer for Cortland State pushing the lead to 9-1, rookie Tucker Garfield and sophomore Caldwell Rohrbach collected back-to-back goals to pull St. Lawrence to within six at 9-3.
The Saints would get no closer, however, as Chris Dutkowsky ended the third quarter with a back-breaking unassisted goal with only three seconds left on the clock. The goal gave Cortland State a 10-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter. DeLuca, Jay DiStefano and Thomas Casey scored goals in the final stanza for the Red Dragons, while senior captain Trevor Scoon scored for St. Lawrence in the fourth quarter, bringing the game to its final tally of 13-4.
Scoon finished with a game-high five caused turnovers, while Justin Schneidman led Cortland State with four. DeLuca also controlled the midfield, as he won 11-of-14 face-offs and scooped up a game-high 10 ground balls. Kaminski closed with seven saves for Cortland State while first-year student Jeff Goeke, who played the majority of the second half for St. Lawrence, had a team high six saves.
The Saints will play their final regular season home game on Saturday, April 24, when the team hosts Rensselaer the Liberty League's only remaining unbeaten squad. Game time for "Senior Day" is scheduled for 1:00pm.