Sophomore Alex Laird scored two goals as St. Lawrence University's men's soccer team exploded for five second-half goals in a 6-1 win under the lights at Potsdam State on Tuesday night.
Laird put the Saints in front with his second goal of the year, heading in a corner kick from Sean Scott 16:32 into the game, but Potsdam came back to tie the game just under six minutes later when A.J. Ramirez scored his first of the year, putting one inside the far post.
"Potsdam played us tough in the first half," said Saint coach Bob Durocher. "They capitalized on their one good scoring chance, and it took us a while to get used to the turf. It seemed to take us a long time to get going, but once we scored early in the second half, we settled down and played a solid game."Laird scored his second of the game and the eventual game winner just 4:53 into the second half when he hit the back of the net with a shot from the left of the box.
The Saints, who outshot Potsdam 15-2 in the second half and 25-4 for the game made it a 3-1 game at 54:23 when Dan Marvin tipped a shot by Brendan Gorman past Potsdam goalie Joe Glackin for his first of the year and it went to 4-1 with Gorman again setting up the goal as Sam DeMello scored his fifth of the season at 69:44 on a shot from the top of the box.
Emmanuel Mbong scored his first of the season from Brian Gilloran at 78:46 and freshman Adrian Bucksam scored his first collegiate goal on a long shot from the top of the box with classmate Ryley Webb assisting at 85:10 to complete the scoring.
The Saints had six corner kicks to three for the Bears with Glackin finishing with eight saves. Nate Goss-Woliner earned the win for the Saints.