The script was all too familiar for St. Lawrence University's field hockey team as for the second game in a row the Saints fell behind early, battled back to cut the lead in half and then saw the opponent pull away for a win as the University of Rochester turned back the Saints 4-1 in a Liberty League game at Rochester on Saturday.
The Saints, now 2-9 overall and 1-3 in Liberty League play trailed 1-0 at the half as Gina Cunningham scored her second goal of the season off a right wing pass from Shelby Hall 27:29 into the game. Cunningham gave Rochester, 10-3, 3-1, a 2-0 lead 2:21 into the second half when she put back her own rebound off a save by Saint goalie Nicole Matos.
The Saints then cut it to 2-1 at 47:16 when sophomore Carly Stine scored her first of the year, controlling a loose ball in front of the goal and sliding it past Yellowjacket goalie Madison Wagner.
Rochester then put it away, scoring just under three minutes later as Hall scored her 12th of the year as she put away a rebound off a Matos save and Michelle Relin rounded out the scoring when she took a pass from Hall and scored at 53:47.
Rochester outshot the Saints 28-11 overall and 19-10 in shots on goal with Matos making 14 saves in 56 minutes for the Saints and Brady Cooper stopping the only shot she faced in the final 14 minutes. Wagner had seven saves for Rochester, which had 13 corners to three for the Saints.
The Saints will play at Nazareth in a non-league game on Thursday and return to league action against RPI at home on Saturday at 3:00.