The St. Lawrence University men's lacrosse defeated Vassar College by the score of 11-8 on Saturday at Hall-Leet Stadium. The Saints, who were led offensively by Kyle Jacobsen and Mac Johnson with three goals each, outshot the Brewers 52-15 in the Liberty League victory.
The Saints (8-1, 2-1) also had the edge in ground balls (34-21) and face-off wins (14-of-23). However, Vassar battled throughout the game thanks to goaltender Andrew Nicol, who turned in a brilliant 20-save performance.
"I give a lot of credit to Vassar and Andrew (Nicol), as they gave us a great game today," said St. Lawrence head coach Mike Mahoney. "I was happy with the effort our guys gave in the second half when the game was tied, and we were able to pull out the league win."
Christopher Toffoli led all goal scorers with four for Vassar, while St. Lawrence's Dave Hovey had a game-high seven points (1g,6a). Jake Wynn had a game-high four caused turnovers while Cam Scullen had a team-best six ground balls.
St. Lawrence controlled the first quarter, outshooting the Brewers 14-2. The Saints sprinted out to a 3-0 lead and closed with a 4-1 advantage when junior Tucker Garfield tallied a goal with only 23 seconds left in the period.
Though the Saints would make it 5-1 on a goal by Matt Pope, Vassar would rattle off four straight goals to close the second half the game at 5-5 heading into intermission. Toffoli scored three goals, all assisted by Jeff Lee, to lead the charge for the visitors.
Johnson would help St. Lawrence re-group early in the second half with back-to-back goals to make it 7-5 with 8:14 to play in the third. However, Vassar remained within striking distance thanks to Nicol's play in goal, as they trailed 8-6 heading to the fourth quarter.
The Brewers would get no closer, though, as St. Lawrence kept its lead intact throughout the fourth quarter. Despite Vassar drawing within two at 10-8 with 2:32 to play, Hovey's goal in the final minute capped the scoring and gave the Scarlet and Brown an 11-8 victory.
Juniors Jeff Goeke and Jack Nuland and senior Matt Ruscio each made one save between the pipes for St. Lawrence.
The Saints will be in action again on Wednesday, April 11 when the team squares off with North Country rival Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Meanwhile, Vassar will also be in action on Wednesday as they hit the road to face Colby-Sawyer.