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St. Lawrence University quarterback Michael Leffibine (6) spirals a pass over the middle for a Saints’ touchdown in the second quarter.  (Tyler Perry photo)  Game Gallery

t. Lawrence University’s Maurice Irby (21) races along the sideline and punches in the Saints’ second touchdown.

Nov. 16: The St. Lawrence University football team put the finishing touches on a memorable season Saturday, as the Saints shutout the United States Merchant Marine Academy 31-0 at Leckonby Stadium to win back the Hoffman Cup.  The defense forced six fumbles from the Mariners to earn the first shutout since September 10, 2005, (Norwich, 36-0) while Irby piled up a career-high 207 yards and two touchdowns only 18 carries to earn St. Lawrence Most Valuable Player honors. St. Lawrence finishes the season with a 7-3 overall record, the first seven-win season for the Scarlet and Brown since 1982, and in second place in the Liberty League behind nationally-ranked No. 6 Hobart.  Meanwhile, the Mariners finish the season with a 4-4 record. "This was a great way for the seniors to go out.  They're a special group and they deserved to go out on a winning note," said St. Lawrence head coach Mark Raymond.  "I think preparation this week was everything, as the defensive guys adjusted well throughout the game to shut down a potent quarterback." The Saints, who celebrated "Senior Day" on Saturday, owned a 393-250 advantage in total offense.  Junior quarterback Mike Lefflbine returned to the line-up and was 12-of-28 passing for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  Merchant Marine was led by Tyler Washington's game-high 13 tackles, which earned him MVP honors for his team.  Captain Shane Hart, Cooper Keller and Jayson Leigh each had nine tackles for St. Lawrence. St. Lawrence took the opening possession 58 yards in four plays, taking a 7-0 lead only 1:58 into regulation.  A 17-yard completion to senior Mike Tateosian set the offense up in the red zone, with Lefflbine connecting with a wide open Evan Shifley on the next play for a 16-yard strike.  Andrew Carvalho added the extra point for the 7-0 lead. Matthew McDaniels would move the Mariners to the Saints 29-yard line on the visitors' first drive, but a fumble on 4th-and-1 would stall the effort and a 34-yard return by James Holley-Grisham set up St. Lawrence at the USMMA 45.  On 2nd-and-6, Irby took the handoff and seemingly ran into a pile of defenders, only to come out the other side and glide 41 yards for the score.  Carvalho's extra point made it 14-0 and capped the first quarter scoring. Carvalho would make it 17-0 at the 4:00 minute mark of the second quarter when he added a 22-yard field goal to cap an 11-play, 71 yard drive.  With the defense playing strong and keeping the triple-option under wraps, Lefflbine stretched the lead to 24-0 with 4:39 to play in the half, as he connected with Max Johnson on back-to-back plays including a 13-yard touchdown pass.  Carvalho's extra point gave the Scarlet and Brown a 24-0 cushion at intermission. Merchant Marine would cough up the football on four drives, as McDaniels fumbled twice, including once on the St. Lawrence 8-yard line, and back-up quarterback Kristopher Meyer also added two fumbles.  Josh Woodburn tried to keep the Mariners in the game offensively, but ultimately, the six turnovers were too much to overcome. St. Lawrence would pad the lead, opening up a 31-0 advantage late in the third quarter.  After Irby had rushes of 33 and 11 yards, he got the call again on 4th-and-1 at the 5-yard line and finished the job, scoring his second touchdown of the game 3:34 to play in the third.  Carvalho's extra point made it 31-0. Both teams went to the bench in the fourth quarter, with the Saints' defense forcing the final fumble on 1st-and-10 at the 24-yard line in the final minute, shutting down the scoring threat and finishing off an impressive victory. Following the game, Mr. Tom Hoffman and his wife Debbie presented the MVP trophies to Washington and Irby, before turning over the Hoffman Cup to Shane Hart and head coach Mark Raymond.  The inaugural Hoffman Cup game was played in 2003 to commemorate the rivalry between the St. Lawrence University and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy football teams.  Tom Hoffman, a 1975 graduate of St. Lawrence, dedicated the game to his father, Captain Richard A. Hoffman, a 1944 graduate of Merchant Marine, for his 80th birthday.  Captain Hoffman passed away in 2006, but this tradition honors both he and his family's commitment to athletics, the Merchant Marine Academy and St. Lawrence University. Fourteen members of the class of 2014 played their final game in a Saints uniform on Saturday, including Mike Tateosian, Evan Shifley, Nik Busharis, Cam Ferrara, Shane Hart, Obi Nwaigwe, Sean Gretz, Andrew Cox, Cooper Keller, Mike Harris, Victor Coker Jr., Tim Casey, Evan Green and Klayton Johnson.  The group finishes unbeaten at Leckonby Stadium in their final season.

Nov. 9: The St. Lawrence University football team fell to nationally-ranked No. 6 Hobart College on Saturday afternoon in Geneva, NY by the score of 37-7.  The victory, coupled with a WPI win, clinched the 2013 Liberty League title for the Statesmen, who will compete in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. St. Lawrence, which was held to a season-low 155 yards of offense in the loss, falls to 6-3 and will finish the season at home next weekend against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  Hobart (8-0) will take on Rochester. Hobart running back Steven Webb broke three career records on Saturday, as he ran for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Statesmen, becoming the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (48), touchdowns (52) and points (312).  St. Lawrence quarterback Zane Fish struggled to get on track, completing only 10-of-34 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.  Max Johnson was his primary target, making four grabs for 56 yards, while Hobart's John Fasano was the leading receiver in the game with 74 yards on three catches.  Quarterback Patrick Conlan was 8-for-20 passing for 140 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Statesmen. Defensively, Alec Dietsch led St. Lawrence with eight tackles including one for a loss, while James Holley-Grisham added seven stops and a pick.  Senior Obi Nwaigwe, who was second in the nation in tackles for a loss entering Saturday's game, made seven tackles including one for a loss.  Hobart's Mark Guarmo-Hyde had a game-high nine tackles. St. Lawrence's troubles began on its opening possession, as Fish fumbled on the Saints' 20 yard line and the ball was recovered by Hobart.  The turnover led to a 24-yard field goal by Sean Kirshe.  Those problems continued throughout the first half, as a fumble by punter Brodie Corless gave the Statesmen the ball at the Saints' 28, leading to a 17-yard touchdown by Webb, and a blocked punt by Hobart's Trayvon Toney was scooped up and ran back for a touchdown by Connor Garrett.  The two mistakes allowed Hobart to take a 17-0 leadr early in the second quart despite having only two first downs. After taking the 17-0 lead, Hobart would force a punt and take over at its own 21-yard line.  Conlan orchestrated his best drive of the half, going 3-for-3 on the drive including back-to-back completions for 43 and 16 yards for another score.  The touchdown pass went for 16 yards to Elvin Souffrant, and Kirshe added his third extra point for a 24-0 lead. The Saints would show their resiliency before the end of a half, as Dietsch's tackle for a loss forced a Hobart punt that finished at the Statesmen 36-yard line.  Despite being in the final minute, Fish found Johnson for a 30-yard completion to the 6-yard line, and two plays later, he found Mitch Gallagher for a 6-yard score.  Andrew Carvalho added the extra point to send the game to intermission with Hobart's lead at 24-7. Unfortunately for St. Lawrence, that was all of the offense they would muster against the Statesmen defense, owning the football for just four offensive drives and 8 minutes and 57 seconds in the second half.  Hobart would tack on touchdowns from Webb (6 yard rush) and Troy Robinson (10-yard reception) in the half to cap the game's scoring at 37-7. The Saints will look to rebound and finish the year at 5-0 at Leckonby Stadium when they host the USMMA Mariners next Saturday, November 16 in the annual Hoffman Cup game.  Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00pm.

Nov. 2: Senior quarterback Zane Fish passed for a career-high four touchdowns and the Saints' defense had five takeaways, as the St. Lawrence University football team defeated WPI by the score of 32-15 at Leckonby Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  The win moves the Scarlet and Brown to 6-2, giving head coach Mark Raymond's team its first six-win season since 1991. The Saints (6-2, 4-1) outgained the Engineers (2-6, 1-4) by a 377-263 margin in total offense, and committed only one turnover to the visitors' five (2 fumble, 3 interceptions).  St. Lawrence was also fantastic on fourth down, converting its first four tries of the game, while the red zone offense was also sharp, finishing 5-for-6 scoring on the afternoon. "We made some early mistakes but we stayed positive and overcame them with some great plays on both sides of the ball," said St. Lawrence head coach Mark Raymond.  "Zane did an outstanding job leading the team today." Fish, who was filling in for the injured Mike Lefflbine, connected on 13-of-23 passes for 196 yards including touchdown tosses to Max Johnson, Evan Shifley and two to Mike Tateosian Maurice Irby piled up a career-high 144 yards on the ground on 22 rushes including a 15-yard touchdown score.  Defensively, senior Andrew Cox returned in style after missing two games, making nine tackles, while James Holley-Grisham, Connor O'Brien and Saahil Fruitwala each had interceptions. WPI's Eric Lacroix had a huge game defensively finishing with 15 total tackles, while Peter Salem had 3.0 tackles for a loss.  The Engineers split time at quarterback between Johny Antonopoulos and Jacob Grills, but did most of their damage on the ground behind Zach Grasis' 112 yards rushing.  Grasis finished with a touchdown, as did Antonopoulous, as the two quarterbacks combined for 114 yards rushing. The Engineers took advantage of several St. Lawrence miscues to take an 8-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.  A high snap over the head of Fish led to a safety for WPI at 6:12 for a 2-0 lead, and the Engineers then went 62 yards on 11 plays to push the lead to 8-0.  A 31-yard rush by Grasis set up the Engineers, and he was rewarded later in the drive with a 3-yard score.  St. Lawrence's Michael Phelan blocked Blaine Bursey's extra point try. St. Lawrence would right the ship in the second quarter, outscoring WPI 19-0 to take a 19-8 lead into halftime.  The Saints got on the board thanks to a 75-yard drive, capped on a 7-yard touchdown toss from Fish to Johnson only 1:54 into the second quarter.  Collin Shapiro's extra try missed, keeping the score at 8-6. After Antonopoulos was picked by Holley-Grisham on 3rd-and-7 on the ensuing possession, Fish led the Saints to a 12-8 lead behind an 11-play, 68-yard drive.  Fish kept the drive alive with a key 4th-and-10 rush to move the chains, and later connected with Tateosian over the middle for the touchdown with 7:10 remaining in the period.  The two point conversion try failed. St. Lawrence forced a punt from the WPI offense, and once again went right down the field on an 8-play, 88-yard drive to extend its lead to 18-8.  Irby started the drive with a 40-yard rush up the middle, and though the possession appeared to stall with the offense facing a 4th-and-7, Fish connected with Shifley for a 24-yard touchdown with only :42 seconds left in the half.  Rookie Andrew Carvalho converted the extra point to cap the first half scoring at 19-8. The Saints would score on their fourth consecutive possession on the opening drive of the third quarter, as Colby Johnson's 61-yard kick return gave the home team the ball on the WPI 24-yard line.  Facing a 4th-and-1 at the 15, St. Lawrence turned to Irby, who rushed up the middle for a touchdown and a 25-8 cushion.  Carvalho added the extra point. WPI kept its hopes alive behind Antonopoulos, who brought his team 74 yards on 7 plays to cut into the St. Lawrence lead with 10:39 left in the third.  The Engineers used three rushes for 14+ yards, including the 25 yard touchdown rush by Antonopoulos to make it a 26-14 game.  Bursey's extra point was good to make it 26-15. As rain began to fall harder midway through the quarter, the offenses began to sputter and make field position a premium point of the contest.  St. Lawrence sophomore Brodie Corless pinned WPI inside its own 16 twice in the third quarter, allowing the Saints to keep the 26-15 lead intact after three periods. St. Lawrence would put the finishing touches on another impressive scoring drive only 2:52 into the fourth quarter, extending the lead to 32-15.  After a 58-yard pass from Fish-to-Tateosian gave the home team the ball 1st-and-goal at the WPI 1-yard line, the Engineers defense stiffened on three rush attempts and forced a 4th-and-goal try.  The Saints abandoned the rush and turned to Fish, who floated a perfect ball to Tateosian for a 1-yard score and a 32-15 cushion.  Carvalho's extra point failed. The Saints' defense would put the finishing touches on the clutch win, forcing two more punts and intercepting two passes to celebrate the 32-15 victory.  St. Lawrence controls its own destiny for a post-season bid, but twill face its toughest test of the year next weekend in Geneva, NY when they square off with nationally-ranked #6 Hobart College.  Kick-off is scheduled for 12:00pm.

Oct. 26: The St. Lawrence University football team suffered its first Liberty League loss of the season on Saturday, as Springfield College used a dramatic second half comeback to defeat the Saints 21-20 in Springfield, MA.  Sophomore tailback Maurice Irby rushed for 97 yards and two scores for the visitors, while Louis Fenaroli scored the late touchdown for the Pride. St. Lawrence (5-2, 3-1), coming off of its bye week, led 13-0 at halftime behind senior Zane Fish, who replaced junior quarterback Mike Lefflbine due to an injury sustained on the opening drive.  However, the Pride (4-3, 1-3) seized the momentum by returning the second half kickoff for a touchdown and sealing the win late thanks to several impressive plays by quarterback Tim O'Brien. Both teams finished with 15 first downs in the game, with St. Lawrence holding a 309-255 edge in total offense.  Special teams proved to be huge, as the Pride not only had a kickoff return for a score, but blocked an extra point early in the game that proved to be crucial.  First-year student Alec Dietch led all defensive players with nine tackles, while James Holley-Grisham had an interception for the Saints as well.  St. Lawrence grabbed an early 6-0 lead thanks to a drive dedicated to Irby, who carried the ball seven consecutive times.  With the offensive line opening big gaps, the Freeport, NY native gashed the Pride defense and capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown scamper.  However, the blocked extra point would keep the score at 6-0 with 4:31 to play in the quarter. The Saints' defense was sharp in the half as well, forcing O'Brien's offense off the field with three straight three-and-outs to open the game.  Though the Pride would threaten midway through the second quarter at the Saints' 26-yard line, captain Shane Hart and Cooper Keller would stuff Austin Bateman on a 4th-and-1 rush to force a turnover on downs. A roughing the kicker penalty against Springfield would keep the ensuing St. Lawrence drive alive with 2:00 minutes left in the half, and Fish would capitalize.  After an 18-yard run by Irby, Fish found Evan Shifley for 27 yards and Max Johnson for 13 more down to the Pride 2-yard marker.  Irby finished the drive from there, running off the right tackle into the end zone for a 12-0 lead with only :26 seconds left until intermission.  Collin Shapiro's extra point was good for a 13-0 lead at the break. Joe Festo would ignite the comeback for Springfield, as he took the opening kickoff in the third quarter 77 yards for a Pride touchdown, cutting the deficit to 13-6.  Tyler Rouse's extra point made it 13-7.  However, O'Brien would turn the ball over on the next two Springfield drives, throwing the interception to Holley-Grisham and fumbling at the Saints' 41 when Jayson Leigh jarred the ball free. St. Lawrence would again capitalize on the mistake, as Fish used play action on 3rd-and-1 from the Springfield 45, finding Max Johnson wide open over the middle for a 45-yard touchdown pass with 7:13 left in the third quarter.  Shapiro's extra point made it 20-7. With Springfield backed up at their own 7-yard line, it appeared the Saints were in great shape to inherit great field position if they could get a stop.  Unfortunately, O'Brien had other ideas.  He orchestrated a 12-play, 93-yard drive that included three third down conversions including a 3rd-and-17, and he capped the drive with a 1-yard rushing score.  Rouse added the extra point to cap the third quarter scoring with St. Lawrence hanging on to the narrow 20-14 lead. St. Lawrence needed a field goal to go up by two scores midway through the fourth and had the ball to the Springfield 23 facing a 2nd-and-8.  However, a high snap sailed way over Fish's head and was eventually recovered by Irby at the Saints' 48.  The 29-yard loss, followed by a 12-yard punt would give Springfield and O'Brien solid starting position at the home team's 33-yard line.  Just as it appeared the Saints had forced a 4th-and-long, a 15-yard late hit penalty against the visitors would give new life to Springfield with a 1st-and-10 at the St. Lawrence 31.  The rushing attack of the triple option took over from there, and the Pride eventually punched the ball into the end zone with 2:34 remaining on a rush up the middle by Fenaroli.  Rouse's extra point gave the home team its first lead, 21-20. Fish and the Saints' offense needed to get in field goal range, and were on the move thanks to a rush by the quarterback to Springfield's 45-yard line with 1:15 to play.  Facing a 3rd-and-1 with no timeouts, the Saints rushed to the line of scrimmage and Fish tried to find his tight end, but instead through the ball into the waiting arms of Springfield defensive lineman Umberto DiMeo, whose interception sealed the victory for the Pride on their "Homecoming Weekend." Fish finished 13-of-22 passing for 158 yards, while Lefflbine was 3-for-3 in his one series of action.  O'Brien finished only 4-of-7 passing for Springfield for 82 yards, but did rush for an additional 65 yards to lead his team in that category. St. Lawrence will look to get back on track next weekend when it hosts the WPI Engineers at Leckonby Stadium where the Saints are a perfect 3-0 this season.


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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. 


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.

Oct. 12: St. Lawrence University junior quarterback Mike Lefflbine threw for three touchdowns and his team's defense was solid again, as the Saints football team knocked off Rensselaer by the score of 20-13 at Leckonby Stadium on Saturday afternoon during "Homecoming Weekend." The Saints improve to 5-1 on the season overall and 3-0 in conference, sitting atop the Liberty League standings alongside nationally-ranked No. 7 Hobart.  Rensselaer falls to 0-2 in the conference and 3-2 overall. "Rensselaer is a very well-coached and tough football team, but we were able to make enough plays again in the second half to find a way to win," said St. Lawrence head coach Mark Raymond.  "We're looking forward to a getting a little bit of rest, getting some guys healthy and to squaring off with Springfield in two weeks." St. Lawrence put together an efficient effort on Saturday, as the team never trailed while finishing with a 304-260 advantage in total offense.  Lefflbine closed with 161 yards and three scores on 18-of-29 passing, including five completions to senior Mike Tateosian for 104 yards and a touchdown.  Rensselaer's Andrew Armato led all players with 94 yards on 12 carries, while quarterback Jeff Avery was 10-of-24 passing for 99 yards and was sacked four times. Defensively, the Saints continued their outstanding play, allowing two or fewer touchdowns for the fifth time this season, all of which were victories.  Evan Lapice had a game-high 10 tackles and a sack, while captain Shane Hart added nine tackles and a fumble recovery.  Rensselaer's defensive unit was anchored by Brandon Cook's eight-tackle outing. St. Lawrence took a 6-0 lead on its second drive of the game, as the offense went 56 yards in five plays to take the early advantage.  The Saints used some trickery to get into the red zone, as running back Jake Gnieser connected with Tateosian for a 45-yard gain, setting up Lefflbine's 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie Mitch Gallagher from Malone, NY.  Collin Shapiro's extra point missed. Andrew Franks would get the Engineers on the scoreboard with an impressive 42-yard field goal with 2:48 left in the first quarter, but a turnover early in the second would haunt RPI.  Avery lost a fumble at his own 18, and with Hart recovering for St. Lawrence, he raced the ball to the 4-yard line.  Lefflbine would find Gallagher again over the middle of the field for the touchdown, and with Shapiro's kick connecting, a 13-3 lead. Rensselaer stayed within striking distance before halftime thanks to a St. Lawrence turnover inside its own 20.  The Engineers went to the ground game, as Armato got the ball to the 3-yard line before Nick Schlatz took it in for the touchdown.  Franks added the extra point, and after a 3-and-out by the Saints, would tie the game in the final minute of the half on a 28-yard field goal to send the game to intermission tied at 13-13. The key play of the game came after back-to-back fumbles by the two teams.  Lefflbine fumbled on 4th down at the RPI 25, but Schlatz would return the favor on the next play, as the Saints set up at the RPI 29.  Lefflbine would take the ensuing snap and deliver a perfectly-thrown ball to Tateosian in stride, as he took it to the end zone for the touchdown.  Shapiro added the extra point for a 20-13 lead. That sequence would be enough for the Saints' defense, as they held RPI to a missed field goal try and back-to-back punts.  The Saints were able to wipe 6:19 off the game clock in the fourth quarter thanks to a 12-play, 50-yard drive, but Shapiro's 22-yard field goal that would've put the game out of reach missed, giving the Engineers hope.  Though the visitors drove the ball from their 20 to the Saints' 34, Schlatz was taken down on 4th-and-4 a yard shy of the marker by sophomore corner Leondre Simmon's game-winning tackle in front of over 2,000 fans on hand for the annual Homecoming Game.

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

Oct. 5: St. Lawrence University sophomore Maurice Irby scored a pair of touchdowns on Saturday, while the defense was outstanding again as the Saints football team improved to 4-1 thanks to a 14-10 win over the University of Rochester at Leckonby Stadium.  The victory keeps St. Lawrence tied atop the Liberty League standings, and was the first over the Yellowjackets since the 1998 season. Rochester (2-2) had numerous chances throughout the game, but managed only 10 points on five trips to the red zone.  First-year student Alec Dietsch had another brilliant outing with 12 tackles, while senior Obi Nwaigwe had eight tackles including 5.0 for a loss and 3.0 sacks. "I'm really proud of this group.  We beat a good football team today, and got great effort from everybody," said St. Lawrence head coach Mark Raymond.  "Defensively, we made some critical stops when we needed them, and the offense moved the chains when we had to." Dean Kennedy had a solid game at the quarterback spot for Rochester, completing 24-of-44 passes for 293 yards, but was sacked five times and lost a fumble.  St. Lawrence quarterback Mike Lefflbine was 16-of-33 passing for 134 yards, a touchdown and an interception.  Thomas Hayes led all receivers with 95 yards on nine catches for Rochester, while senior Mike Tateosian led St. Lawrence with 61 yards on six grabs. Special teams also played a major role in the game, as St. Lawrence won that battle thanks to Brodie Corless and Joe Battaglia.  Corless averaged nearly 40 yards for 10 punts including two inside the 20 and one that put the Yellowjackets inside the 5-yard line with just over 1:00 minute remaining.  Battaglia helped set up a score thanks to a 15-yard punt return. The two teams exchanged turnovers and punts on the first four drives before St. Lawrence took over at the 50-yard line thanks to Battaglia's 15-yard return.  From there, Irby was the workhorse, as back-to-back rushes went for 24 yards followed by a 15-yard touchdown reception to give the Saints a 6-0 lead with 8:29 to play in the first quarter.  Collin Shapiro added the extra point for a 7-0 game. The St. Lawrence defense would shine throughout the first half, forcing a turnover on downs on the ensuing possession and then two punts from the Yellowjackets.  The Saints inherited the ball at the Rochester 34 with 8:44 left in the second quarter, and after a completion to Colby Johnson were in the red zone at the 11.  An end-around pass from Johnson to Lefflbine would get the ball to the 1-yard line, where Irby punched it in for the 13-0 lead.  Shapiro's extra point make it 14-0 with 7:42 to go until intermission. Rochester would get on the board before halftime thanks to a 25-yard field goal by Mark Torosian to cap the scoring at 14-3.  Even that score, though, seemed unsatisfying, as the Yellowjackets had 1st-and-goal at the 4-yard line and failed to convert. The Saints' offense would struggle to stay on the field in the second half, as they went the entire third quarter without a first down.  Though Nwaigwe and the defense did all it could, including another stop inside the 5-yard line, Rochester eventually got back into the game with a touchdown with 6:16 to play in the third.  The Yellowjackets went 49 yards in 11 plays, capped by a 2-yard run by Devin White on a pitch to the left for the touchdown.  Matt Pasternak's extra point was good, bringing the score to 14-10.  Kennedy would again get the Yellowjackets inside the 20 looking for their first lead early in the fourth quarter, but the St. Lawrence defense stiffened again and forced a 37-yard field goal try from Torosian that missed.  Irby would finally help the Saints move the chains a few times on back-to-back drives to run some time off the game clock.  After Lefflbine was a yard shy of a first down, the Saints turned to Corless who pinned the Yellowjackets back at their own 4-yard line with 3:14 remaining in regulation with no timeouts. Though Kennedy would connect with Mason Parmelee for a 23-yard pick up on first down, short completions would keep the clock moving until finally the QB spiked the ball to stop the time at 3.9 seconds.  Rochester's final bid came on a hook-and-ladder play over the middle, as Kennedy found Hayes for 17-yards before the lateral went to Derek Wager, who was hauled down at the St. Lawrence 23-yard line to end the game as the Saints erupted onto the field to celebrate. The Saints, now 4-1 for the first time since 1985, will look to extend their two-game win streak next weekend when they host the Rensselaer Engineers during "Homecoming Weekend" on Saturday, October 12 at 1:00pm.  The Engineers were unable to play their game this weekend against the United States Merchant Marine Academy due to the government shutdown.  Rochester is slated to take on the USMMA next weekend in Rochester, NY.

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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

Sept. 28: The St. Lawrence University football team earned a 30-20 victory over Union College in Schenectady, NY on Saturday, improving to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Liberty League standings.  The Saints' defense forced four turnovers, while the special teams blocked a field goal that led to a touchdown in a come-from-behind effort that gave the visitors only their second win in the last 18 meetings against Union. Despite being outgained offensively 411-266, the Saints made the clutch plays down the stretch and rallied from a 20-13 deficit thanks to the defense shutting out the Dutchmen (0-3) in the second half.  Andrew Cox and captain Shane Hart each led the Saints with nine tackles, while Cox added two fumble recoveries.  Rookie Alec Dietsch made an interception and rookie Chyron Brown-Wallace blocked a 43-yard field goal try that was returned for a touchdown by Connor O'Brien.   "I'm very proud of our guys.  We played extremely hard and got major contribution from all three phases of the game," said St. Lawrence head coach Mark Raymond.  "We made big plays in critical moments of the game which enabled us to win.  I can't say enough about the effort."   Mike Lefflbine was 15-of-23 passing for the Saints for 125 yards, with current tight end and former QB Nik Busharis completing both of his pass attempts for touchdowns.  Connor Eck was 13-of-31 passing for 148 yards and an interception for Union, which used a dominant attack on the ground to pile up impressive yardage numbers.  Darnel Thomas had nine carries for 122 yards, while both Eck and T.J. Franzese went over 70 yards on the ground.  Maurice Irby led St. Lawrence with 54 yards and a touchdown rushing.   St. Lawrence took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a pair of fumbles by Eck.  After the Union quarterback lost the ball at his own 33, the Saints completed a 4th-and-2 pass from Busharis to senior Mike Tateosian for a 25-yard score with 8:42 to play in the first.  Eck would again fumble on the ensuing drive, this time at the St. Lawrence 41, leading to another Saints' touchdown.  This time, Busharis found Colby Johnson for a 30-yard strike with 3:57 to play in the opening frame.  Collin Shapiro converted on the first point after try, but had the second blocked.   Union answered in the final minute of the quarter, as they went 55 yards in 10 plays, with Franzese rushing the ball scross the goal line from 12-yards out.  David Pope's extra point try was good for a 13-7 St. Lawrence lead after one.   On the first play of the second quarter, the momentum continued to shift as Lefflbine fumbled at his own 17, and Union's Jake Lebowitz made him pay by scooping up the ball and taking it to the end zone to tie the score at 13-13.  However, Pope's kick was blocked as well keeping the game tied with only :06 seconds into the second quarter.   After the Saints failed to pick up a first down, Union took over at its own 24-yard line.  Two plays later, thanks to a 57-yard run by Thomas, they were at the Saints 5-yard marker and Thomas finished the drive with a touchdown rush to give the Dutchmen their first lead, 19-13.  Pope's extra point try was good for the 20-13 lead.   Union had two more quality scoring chances in the quarter, but came away empty, allowing the Saints to stay within striking distance.  Eck was stopped a yard short on a 4th-and-4 at the SLU 23, and then later fumbled at the same yardage marker on the final Dutchmen drive of the half on 1st down.   St. Lawrence got the spark it needed on Union's opening drive of the second half.  After the Dutchmen marched deep into Saints' territory, a 16-yard sack by Brown-Wallace and Sean Gretz forced Pope to try a 43-yard field goal.  This time, Brown-Wallace got his hand up and blocked the kick and O'Brien recovered the ball and raced down the right sidelines with blockers for the special teams touchdown with 4:59 to play in the third.  Shapiro added the extra point to cap the quarter's scoring, tying the game at 20-20.   The Saints would regain the lead on a 25-yard rush by Irby on the first play of the fourth quarter.  Shapiro's extra point made it 27-20, and Dietsch's interception on the ensuing Union drive gave the visitors possession at the Dutchmen 17-yard line.  Though the offense failed to pick up a first down, Shapiro drilled the 27-yard field goal for a 30-20 advantage with 10:40 to play.   Needing points, the home team used a 12-play drive to nearly reach the red zone, but the drive stalled as Eck's 4th down pass to Andrew Baker fell incomplete.  St. Lawrence would capitalize, rushing the ball effectively with Irby to burn 4:13 off the game clock before having to punt the ball back to Union.  The Dutchmen inherited the ball at their own 20, but failed to score in the final 2:11 of regulation, allowing the Saints to celebrate an impressive road victory.   Tateosian finished with a game-high 83 yards receiving, while Johnson added 80 yards as well.  Union's Jake LaRovera had a game-high 10 tackles.

Sept. 21: The St. Lawrence University football team suffered its first defeat of the 2013 season on Saturday in Morrisville, NY, as SUNY Morrisville quarterback Lemar Johnson connected with Anthony Gray for three touchdowns en route to a 28-23 victory for the Mustangs at Drake Field.  Senior wide receiver Mike Tateosian caught two touchdowns for the Saints while junior Colby Johnson had a game-high 10 catches for 101 yards. Morrisville, which was celebrating Mustang Weekend on campus, improves to 1-2 thanks to Cristian Pena's 163-yard effort on the ground.  Johnson finished 12-for-18 passing with four touchdowns for the home team, while quarterback Mike Lefflbine was 23-of-38 for 233 yards and two scores. "We made way too many mistakes today against a good football team," said Saints' head coach Mark Raymond.  "We will certainly have to clean things up as we head into league play." The win was the first for Mustang head coach Curt Fitzpatrick, as his team outgained St. Lawrence 411-322.  The Saints (2-1) were plagued by 10 penalties for 91 yards and totaled only 89 yards on the ground in the blustery conditions.  Defensively, Andrew Cox finished with a game-high 13 tackles including 2.0 for a loss, while Obi Nwaigwe had 12 tackles, a sack, and deflected a pass which led to an Alec Dietsch interception. Morrisville had numerous chances to open up a big lead in the first quarter, but failed to connect on several deep passes over the middle.  After Nwaigwe made two clutch plays on fourth down to force turnovers on downs, the Saints capitalized and took a 7-0 lead.  The Saints covered 68 yards in four plays, with the big strike coming on a 35-yard rush up the middle by CJ Stewart for a touchdown.  Collin Shapiro added the extra point for the 7-0 advantage with 2:32 to play in the first. The Mustangs answered with a touchdown drive of their own, as Johnson took a huge hit but managed to find Josh Powell for a 20-yard score with 18.2 seconds left in the quarter.  Zach Drake's extra point knotted the score at the end of one. The Saints would own a 10-7 lead at halftime thanks to a 23-yard field goal by Shapiro after a drive stalled at the Mustang 6-yard line.  St. Lawrence's defense would play its best quarter in the second, as they forced two punts and Cam Ferrara made his first career interception to shut down a drive. The home team would regroup intermission, however, and came out firing in the third quarter, scoring on back-to-back drives to take a 21-10 lead.  Johnson orchestrated a sound 6-play, 64-yard drive and connected with Gray for a 15-yard score to take the lead.  After the Saints went 3-and-out, the Mustangs went 51 yards in seven plays, with Gray again scoring from 15 yards out.  Drake's extra points brought the lead to 11 with 7:34 to play in the third. St. Lawrence's offense delivered a clutch drive of its own on the ensuing possession and marched 75 yards in 12 plays to cut into the lead.  Lefflbine completed 5-of-6 passes on the drive, including the 25-yard touchdown strike to Tateosian to cap the possession with 1:15 to go in the third.  Shapiro managed the extra point, bringing the score to 21-17. On the first offensive play on the Mustangs' drive, Nwaigwe batted Johnson's pass up into the air and the ball was picked by Dietsch at the Morrisville 27-yard line.  However, the Saints were unable to capitalize and came away empty, turning the ball over on downs heading into the fourth quarter. With the Saints failing to score, Morrisville put together an impressive drive that covered 68 yards, moving the chains effectively.  Johnson capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Gray with 10:51 to go, giving the Mustangs a 28-17 lead.  However, St. Lawrence came right back behind Lefflbine, as he moved the ball the length of the field before finding Tateosian for another touchdown to keep his team in the game.  Johnson hauled in a crucial catch on the drive as well, but the two point conversion failed, keeping Morrisville's 28-23 lead intact. With 7:58 to go, Morrisville flipped the field thanks to Johnson, who motored 48 yards into St. Lawrence territory, and was awarded 15 more on a personal foul penalty against the Saints.  After three rushes by Pena, Morrisville settled for a field goal try for drake, but his 25-yard attempt sailed wide left, giving the Saints hope with 5:14 to play down by just five. Though the Scarlet and Brown got the ball to its own 30, two penalties would stall the drive and another 15-yard penalty on the ensuing punt would give Morrisville great field position with only 3:31 to play.  The Mustangs would move the chains on 3rd-and-5, fittingly on a 6-yard QB rush by Johnson, who lunged for the first down to ensure his team of the victory, 28-23.

Sept. 14: The St. Lawrence University football team's defense caused five turnovers and surrendered only 114 yards of offense on Saturday, as the Saints defeated Norwich University by the score of 14-3 in front of 2,950 fans at the re-opening of Sabine Field in Northfield, VT.  The victory moves St. Lawrence to 2-0 for the first time since 1982. The Saints' defense had four interceptions, as Jayson Leigh made his third pick of the year while Alec Dietsch, James Holley-Grisham and Otis Handy each added one for the visitors.  The unit allowed only 27 yards rushing on 36 attempts, while senior Obi Nwaigwe had 2.0 sacks and forced a key fumble to help ensure the Scarlet and Brown of the victory.   It was the first game since October 23, 2010 that the Saints held their opponent without a touchdown (14-3, RPI). "This was a great team win.  Our defense made some big-time plays when we needed them," said St. Lawrence head coach Mark Raymond.  "We went into a tough environment and beat a good football team.  I'm very proud of the effort we gave." The Saints' offense was led by senior Mike Tateosian, who hauled in five passes for 81 yards including the insurance touchdown in the third quarter.  Maurice Irby handed the majority of work out of the backfield, rushing for 44 yards on 16 carries, while Mike Lefflbine was 16-of-29 passing for 138 yards, a touchdown and an interception.  Senior Zane Fish also saw time under center and was 2-for-2 passing for 37 yards including the eventual game-winning score to Colby Johnson. Dietch and Sean Gretz finished with a team-high seven tackles for St. Lawrence, while Stephen Gilmore led all defenders for Norwich with nine stops.  Al Georgio was the leading rusher for the Cadets with only 15 yards on 11 rushes, while Jon Queen was 4-of-11 passing for 48 yards and three interceptions. A scoreless first quarter saw two interceptions and a turnover on downs, as both offenses struggled to move the football.  Holley-Grisham's interception on the opening drive of the second quarter gave St. Lawrence the ball on its own 38-yard line, but moved it to the Norwich 26 on six plays.  On the seventh play of the drive, Fish lobbed a pass over a corner to Colby Johnson, who climbed the ladder to haul in the 26-yard strike for a 6-0 lead.  Collin Shapiro added the extra point with 10:37 to play in the half. Norwich started each of its final two drives of the half in St. Lawrence territory, but managed only a field goal in the final minute.  Wesley Medeiros connected from 35 yards out to end the first half to bring the score to 7-3. Though the Saints failed to score on their opening drive of the second half, Brodie Corless' 60 yard punt was downed at the 1-yard line, and when the visitors' defense forced a three-and-out, they inherited great field position at the Norwich 38.  From there, Lefflbine took his offense to the end zone behind solid completions to Evan Shifley and Nik Busharis before connecting with Tateosian from 15-yards out for the score.  Shapiro again added the extra point for a 14-3 third quarter cushion. The insurance score was plenty for the St. Lawrence defense, which forced four straight punts from Norwich before Handy intercepted Queen in the red zone with 7:24 to play in the fourth quarter.  Despite not being able to add to its total, the Saints managed to wipe 5:10 off the game clock on the ensuing drive thanks to 14 plays that only covered 22 yards.  The Cadets would have two more offensive possessions, but Nwaigwe forced a fumble that was recovered by the visitors, and Dietch intercepted Queen in the end zone to ensure the victory with only 13 seconds to play. The game marked a new era for the Norwich Cadets, who now call an artificial-turf surface home after playing over 90 seasons of football on natural grass. The field's upgrades include stadium lighting, a new scoreboard, and a renovated grandstand.

St. Lawrence’s Maurice Irby (21) breaks through two Coast Guard Academy defenders for a 25-yard gain late in the first quarter to put the Saints within 20 yards of the goal line. The Saints would score and go on to defeat Coast Guard 21-17.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

St. Lawrence’s Michael Lefflbine (6) finds a hole through the Coast Guard defensive line and gains a first down.

Sept. 7: The St. Lawrence University football team made the plays in its 2013 season opener when it mattered most.  The Saints' defense stopped Coast Guard on 3rd-and-short to get the ball back with 2:09 remaining, which in turn allowed junior quarterback Mike Lefflbine to orchestrate a 6-play, 47-yard drive capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass on 4th down to Joe Battaglia as the home team escaped Leckonby Stadium with a dramatic 21-17 victory over the Bears. St. Lawrence (1-0) quickly turned the page from a winless campaign despite several mistakes and over 150 yards of penalties thanks to a stingy defense that caused five Coast Guard turnovers.  The Saints finished with 450 yards of offense to the Bears' 276, while first-year Jayson Leigh had a pair of interceptions including one for a pick six. "I'm very proud of this football team.  They stuck together and came through when we needed it most under pressure," said St. Lawrence head coach Mark Raymond.  "We had to overcome a lot of mistakes today in order to beat a very well-coached, tough football team.  We will need to cut down on those mistakes next week on the road against Norwich." Sophomore running back Maurice Irby had a career and game-high 77 rushing yards for St. Lawrence, while Jake Wawrzyniak had 74 yards and a score for the Bears.  Lefflbine finished 25-for-41 passing for 244 yards and two touchdowns in his St. Lawrence debut, including eight completions to senior Mike Tateosian for 76 yards.  Defensively, rookie James Holley-Grisham had a game-high 16 tackles for the Saints while junior Dillon Knight added nine stops.  Joe Rizzardi led Coast Guard with 14 tackles. The season couldn't have started on a much better note for St. Lawrence, as they took the opening kickoff and marched 65 yards in 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead.  Lefflbine found rookie Mitch Gallagher out of the backfield for an easy score to cap the drive that took 4:15, while Collin Shapiro added the extra point. On the very first offensive play from Coast Guard, quarterback Blake Thompson was intercepted on a screen pass by Leigh, who went into the end zone untouched from 37 yards out for a 13-0 lead only 4:30 into the first quarter.  Shapiro again added the extra point. St. Lawrence would had numerous chances to add to their total in the red zone, but would have three field goals blocked by the Bears, allowing the visitors to hang around despite only mustering three points in the first half on a 32-yard field goal by Tyler Henning near the end of the first quarter.  Coast Guard was plagued by three first-half turnovers, as they went to the locker room at intermission down 14-3. The Bears would turn it over again twice early in the second half, as sophomore Leondre Simmon picked off Thompson at the Saints' 15-yard line to end a scoring drive before Alex Oswald muffed a fair catch on a punt to give St. Lawrence the ball in Coast Guard territory.  Though it appeared the Saints were coasting towards victory, the third blocked field goal of the game sparked the Bears, as Evan Rothfeld returned the block 58 yards and a 15-yard penalty gave Coast Guard new life at in the red zone.  Four rushing attempts later, the Bears were celebrating in the end zone as Wawrzyniak took it in from 1-yard out for the score.  Henning added the extra point to pull the visitors within four at 14-10 with 4:33 to play in the third quarter. The two teams battled back-and-forth for field position throughout the fourth quarter before Coast Guard used some trickery to take the lead for the first time.  After converting three straight third downs, the Bears used an end-around to wide receiver Collis Brown, who rushed the ball down the sideline and leaped for the pile on with 4:12 remaining in the contest.  The score gave Coast Guard the lead, while Henning's extra point made it 17-14. The Saints were forced to punt after failing to pick up a first down on the ensuing drive, but tremendous tackles by Holley-Grisham allowed the home team to use their timeouts and get the ball back at the Coast Guard 47 with 2:03 left.  Lefflbine completed 4-of-5 passes, leading the Saints to the Bears' 15 before facing a 4th-and-5.  Having had three field goals already blocked, St. Lawrence opted to go for it on 4th down.  The call paid off, as the offensive line provided time for Lefflbine to find a wide-open Joe Battaglia in the end zone, as the Saints erupted on the sideline now back in front 20-17.  A running-into-the-kicker penalty gave Shapiro a second try at the PAT, which he converted for a 21-17 lead with 1:21 to play. Coast Guard moved the ball into St. Lawrence territory at the 45-yard line, but Thompson fired three incomplete passes before a 4th down trick play failed, assuring the Saints of the dramatic 21-17 non-conference win.