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St. Lawrence Saints Down Springfield 21-7 To Improve to 6-1

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saints win fifth straight with 21-7 victory over springfield

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St. Lawrence University’s Maurice Irby (21) gets a nice block from lineman Tom Vangel (75) to jet past Springfield College’s Kashden Naraine (93). The Saints scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to carry a 14-0 lead into halftime. SLU held on in the second half to extend their winning streak to five straight with a 21-7 victory. (Gearsbeck photo) Game Gallery

St. Lawrence University’s Mike Lefflbine picks up a first down while running past Springfield College’s Anthony West (3).

SUNY Morrisville’s Lemar Johnson is stuffed at the goal line by St. Lawrence University’s Alec Dietsch (15) and James Holley-Grisham (4). The Saints denied Johnson on the last play of the first half to keep the score deadlocked at 14-14. SLU controlled the ball the majority of the second half and defeated the Mustangs 31-14.  (Drew Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery

The Saints celebrate with Mitch Gallagher (16) from Malone, NY, following his 5-yard touchdown reception.

Sept. 20: The St. Lawrence University football team rushed for three touchdowns including two from Paul Wonka, while the Saints defense didn't allow a point in the final 44:28 of regulation as the home team defeated Morrisville State by the score of 31-14 at Leckonby Stadium on Saturday. The win avenges a 28-23 loss to the Mustangs last season, as Alec Dietsch finished with a team-high 10 tackles including 2.0 for a loss and an interception. St. Lawrence improves to 2-1 on the year, as it held the Mustangs to 253 yards of offense, well below their season average of 584. Meanwhile, Morrisville State falls for the first time this season and drops to 2-1, as the Mustangs struggled in the second half, being outscored 17-0 and held to a mere nine yards of offense. It is the seventh straight opponent that St. Lawrence has held to 17 points or fewer at Leckonby Stadium. St. Lawrence finished with a 380-253 advantage in total yardage, with Maurice Irby leading the way with 85 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Wonka added 53 yards on 16 rushes with the two scores, while Morrisville State's Cristian Pena finished with 56 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Lefflbine was 18-of-31 passing for St. Lawrence for 183 yards and a touchdown pass, outdueling Lemar Johnson, who was 17-of-30 for 123 yards and an interception. Though Johnson rushed for 115 yards gained, he was sacked five times and struggled to find any success in the second half. Mitch Gallagher and Matt Gardiner were solid targets in the passing game for the Scarlet and Brown, as they each caught seven passes for a total of 148 yards with Gallagher catching the lone touchdown toss of the day. Morrisville State's receiving corps was led by Josh Powell's 33 yards, well shy of his average this season (118.5 yards/game). Defensively, the Saints owned the line of scrimmage throughout most of the game, with pressure being brought by Chyron Brown-Wallace, Nick Barclay, Dillon Knight, Michael LaRusso and Grant Brightman. The Saints totaled 10 tackles for a loss in the game and hurried Johnson five times on top of the five sacks. Delroy Young was all over the field for the Mustangs, finishing with a game-high 11 tackles. Morrisville State was impressive early on as they took a 7-0 lead by going 80 yards in 11 plays on its first drive of the game. Johnson was 4-for-6 on the drive and ran for 33 yards, setting up a 1-yard score from Pena only 6:35 into the contest. Though St. Lawrence would answer on its ensuing drive, with Wonka scoring from 1-yard out to cap a 16-play, 73 yard drive to tie the score at 7-7, the Mustangs went right back down the field and reclaimed the lead only 32 seconds into the second quarter. Pena crashed the ball over the goal line from four yards out, as Johnson was key again with a big 3rd-and-14 completion to Anthony Gray for a first down to keep the drive alive. St. Lawrence would tie the score at 14-14 with 8:22 left in the half, as Lefflbine found Gallagher for a 5-yard score to cap a 9-play, 60-yard scoring drive. The two teams exchanged punts before an odd sequence brought the half to a close. The ground appeared to cause a fumble from Lefflbine in Morrisville territory, but the officials ruled the ball belonged to the Mustangs with 1:24 left in the half. Johnson moved his team down the field quickly and got the ball to the Saints' 1-yard line as the final seconds ticked away. Johnson was tackled for a 3-yard rush by Dietsch, and though the Mustangs thought there was time remaining in the half to use their final timeout, the officials ruled the clock had run out, sending the teams to the locker room tied 14-14. The Morrisville offense was never the same, as the Saints got after Johnson and laid big hit after big hit on the quarterback throughout the second half. The Saints claimed the lead on a 34-yard field goal by Andrew Carvalho early in the third quarter on a drive that was kept alive by a spectacular juggling catch by Gallagher on 3rd-and-8 to move the chains. After a sack by Brown-Wallace and Barclay forced Morrisville to punt, St. Lawrence went 52 yards in seven plays to stretch the lead to 24-14 on a 5-yard touchdown run by Irby. Carvalho added the extra point. The Saints defense again forced a punt from the Mustangs, and with Irby and Wonka grinding out yardage for first downs, the home team marched 69-yards in 12 plays to take the 31-14 lead. Gardiner was huge on the drive, catching two key third down passes to keep the drive alive before Wonka took care of the final 10 yards for his second touchdown. Morrisville would get the ball two more times, but an interception by Dietsch ended one drive and a sack by Michael LaRusso ended the visiting team's chances of a comeback bid.St. Lawrence will open its 2014 Liberty League season next weekend when it hosts Union College on Saturday, September 27 at 1pm.

Norwich University’s Sam Chaves (3) returns the kickoff to the 30-yard line, but is taken down by St. Lawrence University’s Alec Dietsch (15). The Cadets converted a short field goal to take a 3-0 lead, but the Saints struck back to take a 7-3 lead into the half. Norwich found the endzone early in the fourth to earn the victory 10-7. (Drew Gearsbeck photo) Game Gallery

St. Lawrence University’s Maurice Irby (21) bursts through the middle past multiple Norwich University defenders for a 13-yard gain. (Gearsbeck photo)

Sept. 13: The St. Lawrence University football team dropped its 2014 home opener to Norwich University on Saturday afternoon 10-7. Both offenses struggled in heavy rain, but the Cadets took advantage of two miscues by the home team to steal the non-conference win. The two teams played a very evenly-matched game, as St. Lawrence (1-1) finished with a 154-152 advantage in yardage, with Norwich (1-1) owning a 76-43 yard edge on the ground. Nael Pierre-Louis closed with a game-high nine tackles and two pass break-ups for the Cadets, while the Saints' defense was led by Dillon Knights's three sacks and a forced fumble. "My hats off to Norwich," said head coach Mark Raymond, whose team will look to rebound next Saturday, September 20 when the Saints host Morrisville State at 1pm. "They made the plays down the stretch to beat us." The teams combined for only 18 first downs in the game, as footing on the grass at Weeks Field was troublesome as was any passing attack. Mike Lefflbine finished 14-for-27 passing with a touchdown to Leondre Simmon, the first of his career, while Keyen Foley was 9-for-21 for 76 yards and two interceptions. However, the Saints were unable to capitalize on Norwich's mistakes while the Cadets scored all 10 of their points on turnovers. The first costly mistake for the Saints came on the game's opening drive, as they were forced to punt from their own 49-yard line. The long snap went well over the head of Brodie Corless as Norwich took over at the home team's 12-yard line, and though the defense held its ground, Wesley Medeiros converted for a 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 Norwich lead. Neither offense was able to sustain momentum until St. Lawrence's second drive of the second quarter, as Medeiros and Corless punted back-and-forth on several possessions. After taking over in good field position at the Norwich 44, Maurice Irby posted several impressive runs, including a 13-yard push to the Norwich 8-yard line. On 2nd-and-2, Lefflbine found Simmon on a screen pass to the left and the Freeport, NY native did the rest, avoiding a hit and chasing into the end zone for the touchdown. Andrew Carvalho added the extra point for a 7-3 lead with 8:22 left in the half. Norwich punted on each of its final two drives of the first half, finishing 0-for-10 on third downs in the opening 30:00 minutes. The offensive struggles continued in the second half for the Cadets, as Foley was picked by James Holley-Grisham at the Saints' 3-yard line ending a red zone scoring bid, and again by captain Evan Lapice two drives later. However, St. Lawrence went three-and-out on all three of its third quarter drivers, keeping Norwich in it heading to the fourth quarter. Though Al Georgio helped pick up Norwich's first third down conversion of the game in the fourth quarter with an incredibly-acrobatic one-handed catch, the Cadets were forced to punt from their own 30. The game's biggest break came on the return, as Holley-Grisham tried to avoid a hit and the ball was knocked free and recovered by the Cadets, giving the visitors 1st-and-10 at the Saints' 39. With new life, Foley through a long ball down the sideline to Adam Fraser, who climbed the ladder and got a foot down to set up 1st-and-goal at the 4-yard line on the 35-yard completion. Two plays later, Norwich took the lead on a touchdown run by Foley to his right, with Medeiros adding the extra point for a 10-7 cushion. The two teams exchanged punts on consecutive drives before the Saints found themselves with some momentum and a chance to tie or win. With 3:55 left in regulation, Lefflbine started the drive on his own 42, and thanks to completions to Simmon, Sam Anderson and Matt Gardiner, got to the Norwich 29 with a fresh set of downs. However, the Cadets made the key stops, forcing three incomplete passes before stopping Mitch Gallagher at the 20-yard line on fourth down, one yard short of the marker. The turnover on downs allowed Norwich to kneel on the ball and secure the come-from-behind 10-7 win. Corless finished with a 36.0 yard average on seven punts, while Medeiros was 34.3 per kick for the same attempts. Irby was the game's leading rusher with 72 yards on 25 tries, while Foley led Norwich on the ground with 55 yards and a score on 17 attempts.



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Clarkson’s Kollin Sullivan (39) hits low to stop progression upfield by Hartford’s Joe Kubik (16). Clarkson field-goal kicker Tim Palmer booted a 49-yard field goal with no time left in the first half, the nailed a 37-yarder with 11 seconds left in the game to lift Clarkson to a 6-3 win over University of Hartford.   (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Clarkson’s Sean Eustace (2) drives the ball downfield for four tough yards, after it looked like he was initially brought down by Hartford’s James Hara (80). In a game reliant solely on long-range field goals, Clarkson quarterback/kicker Timothy Palmer broke a 3-3 tie that had stood since halftime, booting a 37-yard field goal with eleven seconds remaining for a 6-3 victory.

Nov. 16: The 2013 version of the Clarkson Golden Knights' football team came to a close with a 14-3 loss to Southwestern Connecticut in the Yankee Collegiate Football Conference semifinals on Saturday.  After a scoreless first quarter, the game's entire scoring came in the second frame.  No other details were immediately available.

Oct. 26: With a howling stiff breeze, pelting rain and wind chills at times around 20 degrees, both Clarkson and University of Hartford struggled for a fluid offense, especially through the air. Only then they had the wind at their backs could either team score or drive the ball with any consistency. However, the defenses remained steady, allowing only a few ground plays for any big yardage. Hartford scored its only points of the game after driving Clarkson back 25 yards on a fumble and a bad snap on the game’s first series. Clarkson kicker Tim Palmer’s punt went almost straight up, possibly on a tip, directly into a stiff 30 mile-an-hour wind and netted just two yards. The Blackhawks started their opening drive on the Clarkson 12-yard line, but the Knights’ defense pushed Hartford back three yards and forced a 32-yard field goal. With 38 seconds left in the second quarter, the Clarkson defense got another big boost when Hartford gambled on fourth-and-one from their own 27-yard line. The Knights stopped the Blackhawks for no gain and took over on downs at the Hartford 29 with 35.6 second left. After Clarkson failed to connect on a pass and gained just five yards on a draw play, the Knights attempted a field goal on third down, but lost 10 yards on a muffed snap that holder Billy VanNostrand had to cover. Now with fourth down and five seconds remaining, Clarkson retried the field goal, but from 49 yards away. With the wind at his back, Palmer launched a line-drive shot that thumped the crossbar and, with a lucky flip, rolled up and just over the bar to tie the game 3-3, with no time left on the clock. Clarkson also got an electric finish in the fourth quarter. With the score still knotted at 3-3 and just 11.5 seconds remaining, Palmer belted a 37-yard field goal that split the uprights and gave the Golden Knights their first lead of the night – and the eventual win.  The win lifted Clarkson to a 3-1 record this season, while the Blackhawks slipped to 1-4.

Clarkson's Collin Sullivan (39) goes low to make a tackle on Vermont's Even Emery (23) in open field.  The Golden Knights honored local military with ceremonies during their home opener, including wearing new camouflage-style green-and-gold uniforms for the occasion.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery

Vermont’s Liam Coleman (30) snares the ball up high for an interception, then is taken down immediately by Clarkson’s Kasey McConnell (23). Clarkson bounced back to beat the Vermont Catamounts 16-14 to even their season record at 1-1. 



Sept. 6: St. Lawrence University senior captain Mike Lefflbine threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-36 passing, while Maurice Irby scored three times on the ground as the Saints football squad opened 2014 with a dominating 45-14 victory over Coast Guard in New London, CT.  The Saints (1-0) scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Bears (0-1), who turned the ball over on four consecutive drives in the second half to let the game get away.  St. Lawrence outgained Coast Guard 458-141 in total offense and 27-9 in first downs.  The visitors were 9-of-18 on third down (50%) and 2-for-2 on fourth down and were a perfect 7-for-7 on red zone scoring tries.  "It's a great way to start the season.  Our team played extremely hard and were able to overcome some early mistakes," said St. Lawrence head coach Mark Raymond, whose team's 45 points is the most in his career at St. Lawrence and the most for the program since a 49-42 win over Susquehanna on November 1, 2008.  "I am very proud of their effort." Captain Evan Lapice, James Holley-Grisham and Leondre Simmon all had interceptions for the Saints, while the Bears' defense was anchored by Joe Rizzard's game-high 10 tackles.  St. Lawrence's secondary held Coast Guard to only 67 yards passing, with Bryan Popp leading the home team with 41 yards on three catches.  Offensively, 10 different St. Lawrence players caught passes from Lefflbine and Zane Fish, who finished 3-for-3 with a touchdown.  Mitch Gallagher had a career-high 104 yards on seven catches, while Sean Richardson, Matt Gardiner and John Maye all caught their first collegiate touchdowns.  St. Lawrence was also sharp on special teams, as Andrew Carvalho connected with a 26-yard field goal and was a perfect 6-for-6 on extra points, while Brodie Corless averaged nearly 40 yards per punt and connected with a career-long 65 yards. The Saints opened the scoring late in the first quarter, as Lefflbine and Irby chipped away at the Bears defense before a key 21-yard reception to Sam Anderson set them up at the 3-yard line.  Irby scored from one yard out on 3rd-and-goal to put his team on top, giving St. Lawrence a 7-0 lead after the first quarter. With the defense continuing to shut down Coast Guard, St. Lawrence went back to work and marched 67 yards in 16 plays to take a 14-0 lead.  Gallagher was key in the passing game on the drive with three catches of 11 yards or more, with Irby pushing the pile from the 3-yard line to double the lead to 14-0. Coast Guard would take advantage of a miscue by Lapice on a fumbled punt on his own 16-yard line, as Popp scored on a reverse rush from the Saints' 16 to make it a 14-6 game.  Tyler Henning's point after made it 14-7 with 5:31 left in the half, but St. Lawrence would respond in style with a touchdown drive to cap the scoring at 21-7.  It was the Lefflbine-to-Gallagher connection again that set up the touchdown, as a 3rd-and-9 completion went for 39 into the red zone.  From there, Lefflbine would find Gardiner from 11 yards out for the touchdown. The Bears would open the second half scoring early in the third on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jake Wawrzyniak that capped a 6-play, 45-yard drive to pull the home team within seven at 21-14.  However, St. Lawrence would pull away from there, as an interception by Simmon led to Irby's third touchdown from 2-yards out to cap the quarter's scoring at 28-14.  Lapice intercepted Wawrzyniak to set up Carvalho's field goal only 58 seconds into the fourth quarter, and a fumble on the kickoff by the Bears gave the Saints possession at their opponent's 26-yard line.  Lefflbine would find the rookie Richardson for a 12-yard strike to push the advantage to 38-14.  Fish would cap the scoring at 45-14 after Holley-Grisham's interception on the ensuing Coast Guard drive.  The graduate student found Maye for a 5-yard touchdown after solid rushing by Paul Wonka, who closed with a career and game-high 80 yards. St. Lawrence will return to Canton, NY to host Norwich University next weekend at Leckonby Stadium in the 2014 home opener.  Kickoff between the Saints and Cadets is scheduled for 1:00pm.



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St. Lawrence University 21, Springfield 7



St. Lawrence University 24, RPI 10



St. Lawrence 31, University of Rochester 6



St. Lawrence University 28, Union 20



St. Lawrence University 31, SUNY Morrisville 14
Onondaga Community , Clarkson University 0



Norwich 10, St. Lawrence University 7



St. Lawrence Univ. 45, Coast Guard Academy 14



St. Lawrence 31, Merchant Marine Academy 0
Yankee Collegiate Conference Semifinal
Southwestern Connecticut 14, Clarkson 3



Hobart 37, St. Lawrence University 7



Eastern Connecticut State 12, Clarkson University 6



St. Lawrence University 32, WPI 15



Springfield 21, St. Lawrence University 20
Clarkson 6, Hartford 3



Clarkson 16, Vermont 14



St. Lawrence University 20, RPI 13
Central Connecticut State 12, Clarkson 7



St. Lawrence University 14, Rochester 10



St. Lawrence 30, Union 20
Maine at Clarkson, postponed till November



SUNY Morrisville 28, St. Lawrence University 23
Clarkson 14, Boston University 3



St. Lawrence University 14, Norwich 3



St. Lawrence University 21, Coast Guard 17


St. Lawrence University’s Alec Dietsch (15) and James Holley-Grisham (31) try to stop Rochester’s Adam Schempp (82) from reaching the end zone. Maurice Irby scored a pair of touchdowns, while the defense was outstanding as the Saints improved to 4-1 after a 14-10 win over the University of Rochester.   14-10 win, their first vs. UofR since 1998, to improve to 4-1.  (Tyler Perry photo)  Game Gallery

St. Lawrence University runningback Jake Gnieser (32) muscles forward while being wrestled down from behind by a pair of RPI defenders.  (Tyler Perry photo)  Game Gallery
St. Lawrence's Colby Johnson dives forward for first-down yardage vs. RPI.  The Saints' defense continued strong and S.L.U. improved to 5-1 with a 20-13 victory over Rensselaer.