Sept. 6: The St. Lawrence University football team dropped its 2008 season opener to Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field in Baltimore, MD on Saturday afternoon by the score of 34-3. The Saints (0-1, 0-0) were unable to overcome seven turnovers, including three that went for Blue Jay touchdowns.
Tropical storm Hanna wreaked havoc with both field conditions and play-calling, with neither team able to get their offense going in the first quarter. It wasn't until sophomore quarterback Michael Baraldi's second interception of the game gave Johns Hopkins possession at the visitor's 19-yard line that the scoreless tie would be broken. Andrew Kase, the Blue Jays top returning tail back, burst through the middle for a 19-yard touchdown run to give the home team a 7-0 advantage.
On the ensuing drive, the Saints faced a 3rd-and-5 at their own 36-yard line when Baraldi was picked off by Chris Baldwin and returned for a 45-yard touchdown with 2:04 remaining in the first quarter. The score built Hopkins' advantage to 14-0 following Alex Lachman's extra point split the uprights.
Baldwin wasn't near done scoring yet, though, as the very St. Lawrence play from scrimmage was fumbled by junior Chris Wagner and returned by Baldwin for a 32-yard touchdown return. The score, followed by Lachman's third extra point, brought the lead to 21-0 with 1:45 to play in the first quarter.