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St. Lawrence FALLS TO MOUNT UNION IN N.C.A.A. OPENING RD.

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St. Lawrence University’s James Holley-Grisham (4) breaks through the RPI defensive line for a 35-yard punt return midway through the first quarter. The Saints took a fast 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The Engineers staged a comeback late in the game. St. Lawrence University managed to hold off RPI to earn a 24-21 victory. (Cody Jenne photo) Game Gallery

St. Lawrence University’s Mitch Gallagher (16), Malone NY, makes the catch from Mike Leffelbine in the end zone to score the second touchdown of the first quarter.

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Nov. 21: The St. Lawrence University Football team surrendered 27 points in the first quarter to Mount Union, ranked No. 1 in the country, but battled back and played the final three quarters to within five points falling by a 55-23 score Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Mount Union in Alliance, OH.  Mount Union (11-0) scored on its first four possessions to take the early lead and scored two more TDs in the second quarter before St. Lawrence (8-3) got on the board with a Mike Lefflbine to Vincenzo Ferraro 15-yard TD pass with 5:46 left in the first half.  On the next Saints possession, Lefflbine was knocked down and out of the game as a result of a roughing the passer call against Mount Union and backup quarterback Sean Richardson came on to finish the game. Lefflbine left the game after completing 10-of-22 passes for 120 yards and capturing one last school record as he eclipsed the record for Total Offense in a season. Lefflbine ends his career as the all-time leader in career passing completions, yards, TDs and total offense as well as season records for attempts, completions, yards, TDs and total offense.  Richardson led the Saints to a pair of scoring drives in the fourth quarter with TD passes to Leondre Simmon of 17 and 31 yards.  The St. Lawrence defense also put points on the board forcing a safety on a Chyron Brown-Wallace quarterback hurry and chop block penalty call in the end zone in the fourth quarter as well.  The 23 points and the 379 yards of total offense were both the most allowed by Mount Union this season. The Raiders advance in the tournament to face Albright who downed Norwich 49-0. Richardson finished 15-for-34 for 256 yards and two TDs. Ferraro tied a school record with 13 receptions and 185 yards, Mitch Gallagher had five catches for 59 yards and Simmon had four catches and 71 yards.  Skyler Williamson led the defense with 11 tackles including nine solo while Simmon chipped in seven tackles (six solo) with one for loss and a forced fumble.

Nov. 14: Austen Lauricella returned a kickoff 79 yards early in the fourth quarter and Mike Lefflbine threw a 4-yard TD pass to Vincenzo Ferraro three plays later leading the St. Lawrence University Football team to a 21-14 victory over Merchant Marine Saturday in front of an estimated 1,000 fans on Weeks Field at Leckonby Stadium in Canton. The win secured the first Liberty League title since 2010 as the Saints earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs that begin November 21. The win also secured the Hoffman Cup for the third straight year with the trophy that is awarded to the winner of the annual Merchant Marine vs. St. Lawrence football game.  "I am proud of the way we finished the regular season," said Head Coach Mark Raymond. "We had to overcome some obstacles down the stretch and I give the guys a lot of credit for finishing strong." For the third consecutive game, the Saints (8-2 Overall, 6-1 Liberty League) built a first half lead scoring a pair of touchdowns on Lefflbine passes. The senior quarterback connected on a 26-yarder to fellow senior Leondre Simmon late in the first quarter and then tossed a one-yard pass to Matt Gardiner with 35 seconds left in the first half for the 14-0 lead after the first 30 minutes of action. The Saints held the first half lead despite turning the ball over an uncharacteristic five times with three fumbles and two interceptions in the first two quarters. In the second half, neither team managed a score in the third quarter but Merchant Marine (3-6, 2-5) started a drive late in the third that ended with its first TD as the fourth quarter started as the Mariners scored on the first play of the quarter to cut the lead to 14-7. The momentum after the 12-play drive was on the side of Merchant Marine but the Lauricella kickoff return changed that as he electrified the crowd with the 79-yard return that nearly went the distance but he was stopped at the Mariner six-yard line. After a short run by Jake Gnieser and an incomplete pass. Lefflbine found wide receiver Vincenzo Ferraro in the middle of the end zone for the TD and a 21-7 St. Lawrence lead. The Mariners answered with another long drive with eight plays and 65 yards and capped by a five-yard TD run by quarterback Matt McDaniels to trim the lead to seven points at 21-14 with 11:23 left to play. Lefflbine and the Saints took over and needed a big drive and the running game led by Maurice Irby responded with a 14-play, 56 yard drive that consumed 8:31 off the clock. Irby rushed for 23 yards on the drive and caught a pass for another nine yards. The biggest play of the drive came on a fourth down situation from the 29 yard line. Facing a 4th-and-12 Lefflbine found backup tight end John Maye for a 19-yard gain to keep the drive alive. Although the drive ended with a missed field goal by the Saints, it also left Merchant Marine with less than three minutes left to play. "Mike (Lefflbine) really settled down after a rough start and made some big plays," said Raymond. "A lot of guys stepped up today. Lauricella had a couple huge plays and Maye with a great play coming in off the bench. We needed some guys to step up today and they did." The Saints defense forced a turnover on downs after four plays and Lefflbine returned to the field needing to just take a knee on the final plays to secure the win. It was the final regular season home game for the seniors on the team. "This is a great senior class," said Raymond. "We didn't have a lot of seniors but these guys came in here and overcame a lot to get us where we are now."

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CLARKSON SEASON ENDS WITH 14-3 LOSS IN YANKEE SEMIFINAL

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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.

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. 

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Nov. 7: A questionable call on a Hobart pass with less than two seconds left in the game gave the Statesmen a 19-17 victory over St. Lawrence Saturday in a Liberty League game on Boswell Field in Geneva. Hobart (6-3 Overall, 4-2 Liberty League) drove down the field in the closing seconds of the game and with less than five seconds left fired a pass toward the end zone that looked to be intercepted by St. Lawrence (7-2, 5-1) linebacker Jason Leigh as the junior came out of the end zone with the ball held over his head.  After a long discussion by the officials, the referee announced to the crowd that there was dual possession in the end zone and therefore a touchdown for Hobart. The score gave the Statesmen a 19-17 lead. The attempt for a two-point conversion was not successful and the ensuing kickoff was returned by first-year Isreal Squires who ran 17 yards before being tackled to end the game.There was considerable question of whether the Hobart receiver, Cooper Merrill, had possession in the end zone or if the play ever actually reached the end zone. For the second week in a row, the Saints built a first half lead and took a 17-7 lead into the locker room for the halftime intermission. There was no scoring in the third quarter and Hobart scored its 12 second-half points in the final 5:16 of the fourth quarter. St. Lawrence kicker Andrew Carvalho opened the scoring with a 27-yard field goal that was set up by a James Holley-Grisham punt return and Hobart facemask penalty that gave the Saints possession on the Hobart 11 yard line. After a short run by Jake Gnieser and two incomplete passes, St. Lawrence opted to kick the field goal and take the 3-0 lead. The previous St. Lawrence possession ended on the Hobart one-yard line with a pair of incomplete passes into the end zone on third and fourth down plays. The Statesmen took over from the one-yard line but only advanced the ball one yard before the short 29-yard punt before the return and penalty moved the ball to the 11-yard line. Hobart scored on the ensuing possession with the key play coming on a 32-yard pass for a first down on a 3rd-and-18 situation from near midfield. The nine-yard TD pass and extra point gave Hobart a 7-3 lead with 2:59 left in the quarter. The score also ended a streak of 287 consecutive minutes that St. Lawrence had last trailed in a game dating back to the first half of the Union game on September 26. St. Lawrence regained the lead in the second quarter when quarterback Mike Lefflbine directed a four-play scoring drive. After an incomplete pass, Lefflbine scrambled to gain seven yards and then connected with Vincenzo Ferraro for a 10-yard game and a first down. Another facemask penalty against Hobart gave the Saints another 15 yards at the end of the play before Lefflbine found Leondre Simmon down the right side of the field for a 29-yard TD play. The TD catch for Simmon was the seventh in the last nine catches for the senior who plays both wide receiver and corner back for the Saints. After the Saints defense forced a three-and-out drive for Hobart keyed by a William Garrity tackle for loss on first down and quarterback hurry on third down, The Saints were on the move again. After an incomplete pass and a sack on the first two plays of the drive, Lefflbine found Simmon for a six-yard gain on third and then ran 11-yards on fourth down to move the chains. On the next play, Lefflbine connected with tight end Mitch Gallagher for a 21-yard scoring pass over the middle giving the Saints a 17-7 lead.  More

NCSN College Football Scoreboard

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015

NCAA Opening Round
Mount Union 55, St. Lawrence University 23

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2015

Hoffman Cup Game
St. Lawrence University 21, Merchant Marine 14

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2015

Hobart 19, St. Lawrence University 17

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2015

St. Lawrence University 42, WPI 21

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2015

St. Lawrence University 38, Springfield 21

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015

St. Lawrence University 24, RPI 21

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2015

St. Lawrence University 20, Univ. of Rochester 0

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015

St. Lawrence University 42, Union 23

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

St. Lawrence University 34, Endicott 9

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015

St. Lawrence University 42, Norwich 28

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

SUNY Morrisville 28, St. Lawrence University 20

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014

St. Lawrence University 42, Merchant Marine 13

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014

Hobart 29, St. Lawrence University 27

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014

St. Lawrence University 20, WPI 7

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014

St. Lawrence University 21, Springfield 7

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014

St. Lawrence University 24, RPI 10

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014

St. Lawrence 31, University of Rochester 6

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

St. Lawrence University 28, Union 20

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

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

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Norwich 10, St. Lawrence University 7

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014

St. Lawrence Univ. 45, Coast Guard Academy 14

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013

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

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013

Hobart 37, St. Lawrence University 7

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2013

Eastern Connecticut State 12, Clarkson University 6

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013

St. Lawrence University 32, WPI 15

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2013

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

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013

Clarkson 16, Vermont 14

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013

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

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013

St. Lawrence University 14, Rochester 10

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013

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

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013

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

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013

St. Lawrence University 14, Norwich 3

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013

St. Lawrence University 21, Coast Guard 17
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