The nationally-ranked No. 20 St. Lawrence University men's lacrosse team suffered its first defeat of the 2014 season on Wednesday evening, as No. 13 Ithaca College earned a 7-6 win in Tampa, FL. Pat Slawta had four goals for Ithaca, while Charlie Jennings led St. Lawrence with a two-goal outing.
Ithaca improves to 4-1 with the win, as Scott Sidnam made a season-high 13 saves. St. Lawrence falls to 2-1, as Nick Ford made 11 saves including nine in the first half.
"I was happy with how we responded after digging ourselves an early hole. I thought that was two pretty good teams that battled hard for 60 minutes," said St. Lawrence head coach Mike Mahoney. "Win, lose or draw, playing these types of games will only help us moving forward."
Jeremy Vautour had a goal and an assist for the Scarlet ad Brown, while Conor Healey, Alden Frelinghuysen and Chris Anklin each scored a goal in the loss. The Bombers raced out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter, but St. Lawrence closed the deficit to one at halftime, trailing 6-5.
The Saints, who finished with a 9-6 edge in face-offs, controlled much of the possession in the third quarter but came up empty in the scoreless frame. After Ithaca stretched the lead to 7-5 in the fourth, the Saints closed the gap back to one in the final minutes at 7-6 but failed to get the equalizer down the stretch.
St. Lawrence will be in action again on March 18 when the team travels to Middlebury College to take on the Panthers at 4:00pm.