Saints Blitz Potsdam State, 13-2
Mar. 29: The St. Lawrence University men's lacrosse team scored five goals in both the second and fourth quarters to hand Potsdam State a 13-2 defeat at Hall-Leet Stadium on Tuesday afternoon in Canton, NY. Junior Matt Pope and sophomore Justin Ingram both scored three goals, while sophomore goalie Jack Nuland earned his first collegiate win with a 12-save performance.
The victory moves St. Lawrence to 2-4 on the year as the team heads into Liberty League play this weekend against nationally-ranked #19 Skidmore College. Meanwhile, Potsdam falls to 3-5 as the team committed 21 turnovers and struggled to clear the ball efficiently (13-of-22).
The Saints, who finished with a 49-21 advantage in shots, found themselves in a tight contest after the first quarter. With Potsdam goalie Pat Corbine Nuland making four and five saves, respectively, the North Country rivals were tied at 1-1 through 15:00 minutes of action. Sophomore Cody Danforth opening the scoring for the home team, while Peter Pike tied the game for the Bears with 23 seconds left in the opening frame.
St. Lawrence's defense proved to be key throughout the game, as they pressured Potsdam State on the ride which led to several goals in transition. The Saints rattled off four consecutive goals from Pope (2), Jacobsen and sophomore Dave Hovey to build a 5-1 cushion with 7:55 to play in the second quarter. Though Derek Frost pulled the Bears back to within three at 5-2, junior captain Caldwell Rohrbach's goal capped the first half scoring with 30 seconds to go to put the Saints on top, 6-2.
The Saints, who failed to score a goal in the second half on Saturday against Nazareth, delivered an outstanding second half to put Potsdam State away. The team outscored the visitors 7-0 in the second half, including third quarter tallies by junior Peter Carpenter and Pope.
Ingram had an excellent fourth quarter, as the Cornwall, ON native scored three straight goals to start the frame to push St. Lawrence's lead to 11-2. Carpenter scored on a behind-to-back shot on a man-up try, while first-year defenseman Nick Ryugo scored his first collegiate goal to cap the game's scoring at 13-2.
St. Lawrence closed with a 31-27 edge in ground balls, though Potsdam won 13-of-19 face-offs. Corbine finished with 11 saves in net for Potsdam State, while Paul Gordon added two stops in the final 5:51 of regulation. Defensively, the Scarlet and Brown were led by sophomore Jake Wynn, who had a game-high three caused turnovers.
The Saints will look to carry some momentum in Saturday's showdown with the Thoroughbreds, which will be played on North Country Field at Hall-Leet Stadium beginning at 1:00pm.