The St. Lawrence University men's lacrosse team won its second straight game on Tuesday afternoon, as the Saints topped Geneseo by the score of 9-7 in Geneseo, NY. The Saints were led by senior Mac Johnson and rookie Jeremy Vautour, who each recorded a hat trick in the win.
St. Lawrence (4-3, 1-0) opened up a six-goal lead at 9-3 late the fourth quarter before Geneseo made a late run to pull within two. Jack Nuland continued his impressive play in net for the Saints with a 13-save performance, as his team was outshot 30-27 in the game. St. Lawrence won 9-of-20 face-offs, successfully completed 15-of-16 clears and held a narrow 31-30 edge in ground balls.
Though Geneseo struck first on a goal by Tim Burgess, the Saints rattled off five straight goals in the first half to take a 5-1 lead. Co-captain Davey Hovey, Vautour and Cam Scullen scored in a span of 4:04 to cap the first half scoring at 3-1, while Johnson scored consecutive goals only 1:30 apart in the second quarter for a 5-1 lead. Brad Willows capped the opening half scoring for Geneseo to keep the home team in the game down three at intermission, 5-2.
Vautour, the reigning Liberty League Rookie of the Week, scored both St. Lawrence goals in the third quarter to extend the advantage to 7-3 with 15:00 minutes remaining. Johnson and Garrett Gagne would keep the momentum in the Saints' corner in the fourth quarter, scoring goals for a 9-3 lead with only 5:51 remaining.
Geneseo would score three goals in a span of 1:32 to make it a game, as John Felix, Kyle Johnson and Andre Keating sparked the run to get the Blue Knights within three at 9-6. However, Nuland and the St. Lawrence defense would keep the home team off the board until the final minute, as Steve Cregan scored the final goal with :56 seconds remaining for the Knights who fell two goals shy of the comeback.
Gagne added a pair of assists for the Saints, while Hovey and Alden Frelinghuysen each added one. Ryan Zaremba made four saves in the loss for Geneseo, and Tim Burgess had a game-high nine ground balls for the home team. Scullen led St. Lawrence with three ground balls.
St. Lawrence will be in action again this weekend, Saturday, March 30 when it hosts nationally-ranked No. 17 Union College in a Liberty League contest at noon at Hall-Leet Stadium.