No. 19 Saints men's lax comeback attempt falls short against top-ranked Tigers
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 6:01 am

The No. 19 St. Lawrence University men's lacrosse team outscored top-ranked RIT 10-4 in the second half in a valiant comeback attempt, but fell just short, as the Tigers edged the Saints 15-13 in Liberty League action on senior day, Saturday afternoon at Hall-Leet Stadium.

Junior Conor Caffrey led the Saints with three goals and two assists for five points, while Nick Brindisi also tallied three goals. Jordan Dow, Mike Donnelly and David Jennings recorded one goal each and assisted on one other for two points, while Steven Peterson, Sam Boehle, Harrison Koch and Sam Martin all tallied one goal. Senior captain Evan Doodian picked up a team-high five ground balls and caused one turnover, while Tyler Burns led the Scarlet and Brown with two turnovers.

The Tigers dominated the first quarter of play, topping the Saints 5-2 after the first 15 minutes and eventually taking a 11-3 lead by halftime. Martin netted the Saints' first goal of the game off a quick pass from Jennings and Caffrey recorded his 37th goal of the season with an unassisted tally with 23 seconds to play in the first.

Dow, who currently ranks 21st on St. Lawrence's all-time scoring list, fed Nick Brindisi for the Saints third goal of the game with 8:07 to play in the second frame.

The Tigers netted six straight goals through the remainder of the second and start of the third quarter to hold a 12-3 advantage.

Peterson kicked off a rally for the Saints with an underhand shot off the pass from Caffrey at the 11 minute mark of the third. Peterson was followed by goals from Jennings, Caffrey and Dow, with the man-up tally for his 98th career goal, to close the gap to five goals with 6:23 still to play in the third.

Beau Riley responded with a man-up goal for the Tigers, extending RIT's lead back to six just about 45 seconds later.

Boehle made a run down the field after a one-handed grab in the Saints' defensive zone to record the Saints eighth goal of the game with a man down.

Kyle Killen and Aidan Milburn ripped two goals for the Tigers to hold a 15-8 advantage heading into the final quarter of play.

The Saints' blanked the Tigers with five goals in the fourth quarter in a rally attempt to upset the No. 1 seeded Tigers. Caffrey started the run with a high shot from outside the arc for his 39th goal of the season. Brindisi recorded back-to-back goals, including a huge rebound goal, to close the gap to three goals with over eight minutes to play in the third frame.

Koch fired a low shot past Tigers' goalkeeper Walker Hare bringing the score within two, but RIT held the Saints scoreless for the remaining six minutes of play.

RIT was led by Brendan MacDonald with three goals, while Killen, Quinn Commandant, Millburn, Riley and Julien Guay all tallied two. Faceoff specialist Jimmy Spillane picked up a team-best 11 ground balls and went 24-for-26 in the faceoff circle, while Ben Tackett caused two turnovers for the Tigers.

Saint's goalkeepers Matty Corbelle and Alex Terry each made five saves in goal, while Hare finished with seven for the win.

RIT held a 46-30 shot advantage, including a 25-20 shots on goal advantage. The Tigers went 2-for-5 on man-up opportunities, while the Saints went 1-for-2.

After today's contest the Saints honored members the graduating Class of 2018, which included: Dow, Doodian, Sam Sweeney, Peterson, Boehle, Cal Hynson, Billy Cooper, Dan Wyman, Garrett Dunsmoor, Corbelle, Patrick Evans and student assistant Nick Zachara.

"I want to thank the senior class for everything they have done and continue to do for our program," said head coach Mike Mahoney '93. "They have a ton of fight in them and that was evident this afternoon."

Records – St. Lawrence (10-4, 4-3 LL), RIT (15-0, 7-0 LL).

Up Next – at RPI, April 25th at 4 p.m.