The St. Lawrence University men's lacrosse team outscored SUNY Potsdam 5-0 in the third quarter on Wednesday, surging past the Bears for a 10-5 victory in Potsdam, NY. The Saints, who scored nine straight goals after trailing 4-1, were led by Charlie Duprey and Conor Healey, who each scored two goals and added two assists.
St. Lawrence improves to 8-3 on the season after outshooting the Bears (8-4) by a wide 47-26 margin. The Saints also held a 12-5 advantage in face-off wins and 28-18 in ground balls. Potsdam was led by Ed Doherty's two goals, while Ryan Duffy made 13 saves in the loss. St. Lawrence goalie Nick Ford made eight saves to earn the victory. Malcolm Lynch collected a game-high five ground balls for the Scarlet and Brown while Jake Davis won 6-of-7 face-offs.
"I was really pleased with our response to the early deficit. I thought the guys maintained their composure and stuck to the game plan," said St. Lawrence head coach Mike Mahoney. "Our guys responded well to a couple of adjustments that we made. Overall we had balanced scoring, good team defense and goaltending and we did a nice job at the face-off 'x' which is usually a recipe for a victory."
Though Charlie Jennings gave St. Lawrence a 1-0 lead only 1:11 into the first quarter, the Bears followed with four consecutive goals for a 4-1 advantage. Doherty scored twice and Pat Bonafede added another tally for the home team, which led 3-1 after one despite being outshot 10-7.
Potsdam made it 4-1 on an unassisted goal by Rob Kunz in the opening minute of the second quarter. However, that goal would be the last offense for the Bears until the latter stages of the fourth quarter. The Saints put together a season-long nine goal streak to turn the game around and coast to victory.
Tommy Hovey made it 4-2 in the second quarter before co-captain Pierson Fowler and Duprey tied the game at 4-4 at intermission. The Saints would carry their momentum into the third quarter, outscoring their hosts 5-0 for a 9-4 lead behind a 16-5 shot advantage. Fowler recorded a hat trick with two goals in the first 1:20 of the period, while Healey followed with two goals a mere 2:09 apart for an 8-4 edge. Charls Hurlock capped the third quarter scoring with 6:38 left in the third to make it 9-4.
Duprey's goal at 7:24 of the fourth quarter put St. Lawrence up 10-4 and capped the nine-goal run. Though Derek Frost would score 1:10 later for the Bears, Ford and the Saints' defense would keep Potsdam from drawing any closer in the 10-5 win.
Tonight's game was the final non-conference game for St. Lawrence, as they now look to the final two games of the Liberty League season. The Saints will take on Rensselaer in Troy, NY this Saturday, April 19 at 1:00pm before hosting nationally-ranked No. 1 RIT in the regular season finale in Canton, NY the following Saturday, April 26 at 12:00pm.