The St. Lawrence University men's lacrosse team remained perfect in Liberty League play on Saturday, knocking off Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY by the score of 11-3. Jeremy Vautour, Garrett Gagne and Marcus Emerson each scored twice for the Scarlet and Brown, while co-captain Davey Hovey had four assists.
St. Lawrence (7-3, 3-0) won its fifth straight game in impressive fashion, outshooting Vassar 49-19 and owning a 47-18 edge in ground balls. The Saints were 15-for-15 clearing the ball and rookie Kirk Ryder won 11-of-14 face-offs and scooped up six ground balls. Meanwhile, the Brewers (3-7, 0-3) were led by Scott Brekne, who scored twice for the home team.
"I thought we gave another solid effort this afternoon and seized the momentum in the first half," said St. Lawrence head coach Mike Mahoney. "We executed our game play well throughout the game and were unselfish offensively, which is always a good sign. Wednesday will be a great test against Clarkson, which is always one of the top teams in the conference."
St. Lawrence took a 3-0 lead after the first quarter thanks to goals by Gagne, Emerson and senior Mac Johnson, two of which were set up by Hovey. Senior goalie Jack Nuland kept Vassar scoreless in the first with two saves, and though the Brewers scored a man-up goal to start the second quarter, the Saints responded with a four-goal run to close the half up 7-1. Pierson Fowler and Vautour made it 5-1 before Marc Perroni and Vautour scored only :40 seconds apart to cap the first half scoring with 2:16 to play.
Brekne's first of the game came only 2:29 in the third quarter to make it 7-2, but goals by Dave Schoettler and Gagne would give St. Lawrence a 9-2 lead midway through the stanza. Brekne made it 9-3 heading to the fourth with an unassisted goal in the final minutes of the third.
St. Lawrence would not have a letdown in the final quarter, scoring the only two goals to finish off a thorough 11-3 win. Emerson added his second at 3:35, while Zach Sloan capped the game's scoring with 3:13 to play off a feed from Tristram Nicola.
Vassar netminder Andrew Nicol made 16 saves in the loss, while Nuland made four stops in 41:18 to pick up the win. He was relieved by classmate Jeff Goeke, who also made four stops in 18:42 of play.
St. Lawrence will put its five-game win streak on the line on Wednesday, April 10 when the Saints welcome North Country rival Clarkson University to Hall-Leet Stadium at 4:00pm.