April 2, 2011

St. Lawrence No Match for No. 19 Skidmore

from press release

- Five players recorded multiple goals as the 19th-ranked Skidmore College men's lacrosse team defeated St. Lawrence 16-10 in Liberty League action, Saturday afternoon at Hall-Leet Stadium.

The Thoroughbreds improve to 2-0 in the league and 8-1 overall, while the Saints fall to 0-1 and 2-5.

The Thoroughbreds used a solid 46-33 advantage in shots to earn the victory, though St. Lawrence finished with a 32-31 edge in ground balls. Skidmore won 16-of-29 face-offs, and had 10:00 minutes worth of man-up time thanks to nine penalties against St. Lawrence. The visitors used a six-goal first quarter to grab the momentum and build a 6-2 advantage after one period. Sophomore Cody Danforth got St. Lawrence on the board at 4:54 to cut Skidmore's lead to 2-1, but the Thoroughbreds would score three straight, including two from Holden, to extend their lead. Rohrbach and Holden exchanged goals to close the first quarter and cap the scoring at 6-2.

St. Lawrence would strike back early in the second quarter, as Rohrbach, junior Kyle Jacobsen and Garfield scored three straight to open the frame and get their team back to within one at 6-5 with 9:31 to play in the half. However, Skidmore showed its resilience, as Ben Cornell, Jon Hoeg and Sam Lawfer came right back to push the lead back to four. Rohrbach would score with 1:31 left in the half to get St. Lawrence within striking distance, down 9-6 at intermission.

However, Skidmore would seize control of the game in the third, outscoring St. Lawrence 4-1 in the stanza to take a 13-7 advantage into the fourth. Despite goals from Garfield (2), Rohrbach and sophomore Dave Schoettler, the Saints could not put a run together and fell short, 16-10.

Sophomore goalie Jack Nuland made 13 stops for the Scarlet and Brown, while classmate James Fuller added three saves in the fourth quarter. Skidmore's Connor Dowling earned the win with nine saves.

Mike Holden finished with a game-high five goals and Cornell added two goals and three assists. Bryan Connolly, Matt Levesque and Mike Perlow each finished with two goals, while Ryan Paradis scooped up a game-high eight ground balls.

The Thoroughbreds return to action on April 12, when they host Middlebury at 4:30 p.m.

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