The St. Lawrence University field hockey team remained unbeaten in Liberty League play on Saturday afternoon, as the Saints used three second half goals to defeat Vassar College at North Country Field by the score of 4-1. Junior Taylor Vogt scored twice including the game-winning tally, while senior Kelsey Berry and sophomore Courtney Cartier added goals as well.
The win gave St. Lawrence (4-3, 2-0) a weekend sweep, while the Brewers fall to 2-6 (0-2).
"I thought we had numerous chances throughout the first half to take a lead, but I give Vassar credit, they played hard defensively," said St. Lawrence head coach Fran Grembowicz. "Erika (Swits) controlled the ball well in transition and Julia (Croyle) played well in the back for us."
The Saints opened the scoring at 22:05 when Cartier scored her first of the season, pushing a rebound across the goal line after Vassar goalkeeper Rachel Horwitz made an initial save on senior Brooke Maloney. However, the Brewers would respond only 4:24 later when Emily Maier beat St. Lawrence netminder Nicole Matos at 26:29. Vassar scored off of a penalty corner when Tina Caso set up Maier who lifted a shot into the cage to knot the score at 1-1.
The home team controlled the remaining chances in the first half, as the Saints finished with 12 shots to Vassar's five and held a 10-3 advantage in penalty corners. Horwitz was key for the visitors, as she made four stops to keep the game tied at halftime.
Despites Horwitz's best efforts in the second half including eight saves and three defensive saves by Libby Feltch, the Saints used 15 penalty corners and a 12-9 shot advantage to wear down the Vassar defense en route to a 4-1 win. Vogt gave the Scarlet and Brown the lead only 2:09 into the second half when she collected a rebound and snapped a shot into the cage for her fourth goal of 2010 and a 2-1 St. Lawrence lead.
The Saints would convert on one of their 15 second half corners to grab a 3-1 cushion at 43:40. Maloney got the play started, as she slid a pass to Berry inside the scoring circle and the New Hampton, NH native sent a low blast that beat Horwitz inside the near post. Vogt would add an insurance goal off of another rebound try to cap the scoring at 4-1 at 64:25.
Though Matos did not see much action in her end of the field, the Greenwich, CT native made a key save on Maier late in the game and finished with four stops to pick up her second career victory. Horwitz closed with 12 saves for Vassar. The Saints closed with a 25-11 advantage in penalty corners and a 24-14 edge in shots.
St. Lawrence will be in action again on Friday, October 1 when they host Hamilton College for a Liberty League night game beginning at 5:30pm. The newly-renovated stadium at the Saints home venue will be dedicated following that game to legendary St. Lawrence coaches Dotty Hall and Don Leet.