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St. Lawrence University’s Evan Lapice (1) strips the ball from Hobart’s Christopher Holoman (22). The Statesmen took a 20-7 lead early in the third quarter. The Saints battled back to take the lead 27-26 late in the fourth, but Hobart moved down field for a game-winning field goal to win 29-27 at Leckonby Stadium. (Drew Gearsbeck photo) Game Gallery

St. Lawrence University’s James Holley-Grisham (4) and Evan Lapice (1) team up to take down Hobart’s Mike Berkowitz (84).

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

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Nov. 15: The St. Lawrence University football team cruised to its eighth victory of the season on Saturday, 42-13, over the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the annual Hoffman Cup game in Kings Point, NY.  Quarterback Mike Lefflbine threw five touchdown passes to set a new University single-season record, while Mitch Gallagher hauled in three of those touchdowns en route to the first 8-win season since 1982. St. Lawrence (8-2, 6-1), which remains in the conversation for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, struck early and often against the Mariners (2-8, 0-7).  The Saints built a 42-7 lead a mere 2:44 into the third quarter before pulling the starters and running clock for the sound victory. "I'm very happy for our seniors to finish the regular season by bringing back the Hoffman Cup," said St. Lawrence head coach Mark Raymond.  "I'm very proud of this team and what they have accomplished this season.  Their focus and competitive desire has been rewarded with an eight-win season." The Saints, who won the Hoffman Cup in a 31-0 win at Leckonby Stadium last season, were led by Lefflbine's career-high outing.  The Greenwich, CT native put the finishing touches on one of the best seasons at quarterback in St. Lawrence history by finishing 15-of-21 passing for 265 yards and the five touchdowns.  His 21 touchdown passes this season breaks Kirk Dempsey's total of 19 set back in 1976.  Meanwhile, Gallagher closed with seven catches for 84 yards and three scores.  Austen Lauricella and Vincenzo Ferraro each added long touchdown receptions of 48 and 60 yards, respectively.  Defensively, Chyron Brown-Wallace and Jayson Leigh had eight tackles each, including 2.0 for a loss from Brown-Wallace.  Seniors Klayton Johnson and John Lesofsky each played well, as Johnson had 2.0 tackles for a loss including a sack and Lesofsky made the game's lone interception in his final collegiate contest. Merchant Marine, which runs the triple option, rushed the ball 62 times for 191 yards for a mere 3.1 yard average.  Robert Moore had 82 yards, while Colin Hinchey had 81 and a touchdown for the Mariners.  Jake Gnieser had 71 yards to lead St. Lawrence on only three carries, one of which was a 66-yard touchdown burst. Ferraro got St. Lawrence on the board, taking a 3rd-and-8 pass 60 yards for a touchdown only 3:01 into the game.  Andrew Carvalho, who finished a perfect 6-for-6 on extra points in the game, made it 7-0.  After the defense forced a punt, Gnieser went 66 yards on second down for the score, helping to push the lead to 14-0. Merchant Marine got a score back and cut the deficit to 14-7 after a 12-play, 70 yard touchdown drive capped by a pass from Moore to Patrick Rice for an 18-yard strike on the first play of the second quarter.  However, after a 48-yard kick-off return by Evan Lapice got the visitors in Merchant Marine territory, Lefflbine found Lauricella on the first play of the drive for a 48-yard touchdown pass and a 21-7 advantage after just six offensive snaps. St. Lawrence pulled away later in the half, as the defense forced back-to-back punts and Lefflbine capitalized by utilizing Gallagher's size.  The Malone, NY native made a fantastic catch for a 13-yard touchdown with 6:11 left in the half, then added another incredible grab for a 28-yard touchdown on the following drive for a 35-7 lead at halftime. Lefflbine and his offense struck on the first drive of the third quarter, as Lapice gave them great field position with a 55-yard return to the Mariner 36.  After a completion to Leondre Simmon reached the 10-yard line, Lefflbine hit Gallagher for an 8-yard touchdown to finish his collegiate career just 2:44 into the third.  Carvalho's extra point capped the team's scoring up 42-7. The Saints would run the ball with their second team offense throughout the remainder of the second half, eating up yardage and clock time.  Merchant Marine would score the lone touchdown the rest of the way, a 5-yard rush by Hinchey to cap the game scoring with 2:07 left in the game.  The two-point conversion try failed, as the game closed with the score of 42-13. Lefflbine was named St. Lawrence's Most Valuable Player in the Hoffman Cup game, while Moore was given the honor for Merchant Marine.  Following the game, Mr. Tom Hoffman presented the Hoffman Cup to Lefflbine and Lapice 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. Bids for the 2014 NCAA Division III football tournament are announced tomorrow, Sunday, November 16.



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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. 


Nov. 8:  The St. Lawrence University football team stood toe-to-toe with nationally-ranked No. 7 Hobart on Saturday at Leckonby Stadium, holding the lead three times in a back-and-forth affair for the 2014 Liberty League title.  Despite taking the lead with 5:35 remaining on a 60-yard touchdown catch by Leondre Simmon, Hobart's Will McCool drilled a 32-yard field goal with 1:03 left to give the Statesmen a dramatic 29-27 victory in Canton, NY and a spot in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Hobart remains unbeaten at 8-0 (6-0) thanks to its defense which totaled 7.0 sacks of St. Lawrence quarterbacks in the game, including 3.5 by Troy Johnson.  The Saints defense did its best to make up for a tough first half by the offense, as it finished with five turnovers (2 INT, 3 Fumbles) including a 59-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Simmon.  However, St. Lawrence fell just short of earning its eighth win and returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2010, falling to 7-2 (5-1) heading into next weekend's Hoffman Cup game at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. "My hats off to Hobart, they made the plays down the stretch to beat us," said St. Lawrence head coach Mark Raymond.  "That being said, I'm very proud of the football game our team played today against a nationally-ranked opponent.  We made some big plays in all phases of the game, we just ran out of time." Hobart owned statistical edges across the board, finishing with a 488-251 advantage in total offense, including a 215-to-minus 6 yard advantage on the ground.  Hobart's Conner Hartigan piled up 125 yards on 14 carries including a 73-yard touchdown on the first play of the third quarter, while Simmon closed with 94 yards on three catches and finished as the game's leading receiver.  Mitch Gallagher rushed for a pair of short scores for St. Lawrence, which was led defensively by Alec Dietsch's game-high 13 tackles.  James Holley-Grisham and David Adams each had fumble recoveries for St. Lawrence, while Jayson Leigh and Joe Battaglia made interceptions.  The home team was without Mike Lefflbine for much of the first half after an injury forced him to the sidelines, though the senior captain returned in the second half and finished 16-of-29 for 220 yards and a touchdown.  Patrick Conlan was 13-of-26 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions for Hobart. Hobart took a lead on the final play of the first quarter when Conlan found Mike Berkowitz in the corner of the end zone.  McCool's extra point missed, keeping the score at 6-0.  With the offense struggling, Holley-Grisham's fumble recovery got the Saints in position for points at the Hobart 15.  Facing a 4th-and-17 at the 22-yard line, St. Lawrence ran a fake field goal, with Danny Metzgar finding Dietsch at the 3-yard line for a 1st-and-goal.  Gallagher set up in shotgun and plowed across the goal line on first down to tie the score at 6-6, and Andrew Carvalho put the home team up 7-6 with the point after. Hobart reclaimed the lead before halftime on a quick strike, as the Statesmen went 57 yards in two plays, as Dominique Ellis scored from 25 yards out following a 32-yard completion to John Fasano.  McCool's extra point gave the Statesmen a 13-7 lead at the half. Hartigan struck on the opening play of the second half, bursting through the middle and taking the ball 73 yards for another Hobart score, with the extra point making it 20-7.  Though Hobart appeared ready to blow the game open with the defense thriving and the offense again in St. Lawrence territory, Ellis was hit at the Saints' 41 and the ball popped loose and was scooped up by Simmon.  He raced 59 yards untouched for the score with 6:26 left in the third, giving the home team new life trailing 20-14 after Carvalho's point after, setting up the dramatic fourth quarter. Hobart's turnover struggles gave St. Lawrence the lead early in the fourth, as a punt reception by John Fasano was muffed at the Statesmen 13-yard line and recovered by Adams, giving Lefflbine and the Saints offense great field position.  Gallagher again did the rest, following a 9-yard run with a 1-yard score only 47 seconds into the fourth, tying the score 20-20.  Carvalho's point after made it 21-20. Conlan and the Hobart offense came right back with another home run play, as they used a backdoor screen on 3rd-and-6 to Alex Furtado, who picked up his blockers and went 70 yards for the key response.  The two-point conversion failed, keeping Hobart up 26-21. Two drives later, St. Lawrence hit a big play of its own to reclaim the lead and give itself a chance at the Liberty League title.  Lefflbine threw a perfect fade route to Simmon who beat his defender, caught the pass and raced in for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:35 remaining and a 27-26 lead.  Simmon also caught the ensuing two-point conversion play, but after a delay by the officials, was ruled shy of the goal line in what proved to be a pivotal play. Needing a scoring drive to keep its record perfect, Conlan and the Statesmen responded with several clutch plays, including a 4th-and-3 conversion with the game on the line on a QB rush up the middle to move the chains.  After the Saints forced another fourth down on an incomplete pass, the game came down to McCool from the left hash and he made the biggest kick of his career from 32-yards out to put Hobart back on top 29-27. Lefflbine and the offense nearly pulled off more heroics, as a 4th-and-23 hail mary was hauled in by Gallagher to pick up the unlikely first down at the Hobart 39-yard line with seconds to play.  Though Lefflbine found Sean Richardson for 22 yards on the next offensive play to Hobart's 17, officials ruled time had expired and that the Statesmen had survived to claim their fourth consecutive conference title. The Saints, who celebrated "Senior Day" on Saturday and honored the 16 players who took the field in Canton for the final time, will look to win eight games for the first time since 1982 next weekend when they head to Kings Point, NY to take on the Mariners for the Hoffman Cup.e



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St. Lawrence University 20, Univ. of Rochester 0



St. Lawrence University 42, Union 23



St. Lawrence University 34, Endicott 9



St. Lawrence University 42, Norwich 28



SUNY Morrisville 28, St. Lawrence University 20



St. Lawrence University 42, Merchant Marine 13



Hobart 29, St. Lawrence University 27



St. Lawrence University 20, WPI 7



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


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

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.