Saints Liberty League 2019 Season Winding Down:

St. Lawrence Wins Third of Last Four, Beating Buffalo State 31-26

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S.L.U. SAINTS RUN UP 35-0 LEAD, BEFORE UPSETTING R.P.I. 35-21

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RPI slot receiver Peter Lombardi (7) is drilled by St. Lawrence’s Ryan Watson (13).  St. Lawrence wAS relentless in the first half, putting up 28 points and keeping RPI scoreless. They HELD down RPI until the fourth quarter, allowing 21 points. The Saints went on to upset RPI in a 35-21 win. (Andrew Baker photo.) Game Gallery

St. Lawrence’s Ethan Roberts (23) dives to block a punt by Rensselaer's Zac Montrief (7).

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October 26: Junior wide receiver Joseph Viscardo matched his own school record with four touchdown catches, and sophomore quarterback Tyler Grochot threw five touchdown passes, one shy of the program record, to lead the St. Lawrence University football team to a 35-21 win over Rensselaer in a Liberty League contest on Saturday afternoon at Weeks Field at Leckonby Stadium. The Saints raced out to a 28-0 lead in the first half and scored early in the fourth quarter to build a 35-0 lead before the Engineers scored the final 21 points of the game. Grochot and Viscardo had arguably one of the best first halves statistically in St. Lawrence program history. The duo connected nine times for 101 yards and three touchdowns. Grochot finished the first half 23-for-33 passing for 326 yards and four touchdowns. Viscardo added a 3-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter, and Grochot finished the day 30-for-47 passing for 357 yards. Viscardo now has 11 receiving touchdowns on the season, one shy of the school record, set by Kurt Lanning '90 in 1989. Grochot has 2,258 passing yards on the season, good for third in the program record book. He also ranks third in pass attempts (324) and fourth in completions (182) with three games remaining in the season. He became just the fourth player in program history to eclipse 4,000 career passing yards with 4,220 in 15 games played, an average of 281.3 passing yards per game. The Saints opened the game with a nine-play, 84-yard touchdown drive. Grochot was 7-for-8 on the drive, hitting Andrew Murphy for 25- and 28-yard completions before finding Viscardo in the back of the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown pass. Grochot and Viscardo connected for another 7-yard score early in the second, this time at the left pylon as Viscardo leaped to catch the ball over an RPI defender. The duo combined for a 29-yard score on the Saints' next drive, with Viscardo catching the ball inside the 10 and just staying in bounds while eluding a defender down the left sideline. Grochot engineered a 10-play, 73-yard touchdown drive on the Saints' final possession of the first half. He found Murphy wide open in the middle of the field for a 12-yard score with just 11.1 seconds remaining in the half. After a scoreless third quarter, Tyler Burns gave the Saints excellent field position early in the fourth with a 52-yard punt return to the RPI 3-yard line. Grochot found Viscardo, once again by the left pylon, on the next play to give the Saints a 35-0 lead. RPI quarterback George Marinopoulos threw three touchdown passes in the final 11 minutes of the game to trim the Saints' final margin of victory to 14 points. Joe Scaglione (16 yards), Peter Lombardi (22 yards) and Marc Meislahn (2 yards) scored for the Engineers. Murphy finished with 108 receiving yards for the Saints, and Anthony Ferraro (six catches, 59 yards) and Cameron Edwards (five catches, 76 yards) also played key roles in the Saints' passing game. Jamie Battaglia had 34 rushing yards on 11 carries. Marinopoulos was 29-for-47 passing for 286 yards with one interception; more than half of his passing yards (148) came in the fourth quarter. Lombardi caught nine passes for 116 yards, and Delano Munoz Whatts led RPI's rushing game with 29 yards on four carries. Liam Murray led the Saints' defense with 11 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss. Ethan Roberts had two sacks for the Saints, and Rahmod Johnson played well in the secondary with an interception, one pass breakup and solid coverage all day. St. Lawrence held RPI to just 2-for-12 on third down conversions and 1-for-3 on fourth downs. John Sadak had eight tackles for RPI. Joe Deptula and Antonio Rogliano both had two sacks for the Engineers. The Saints improved to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the Liberty League, while RPI fell to 4-3, 1-2. The Saints will go on the road to face Hobart next Saturday.

 


The Saints’ Bryan Dempsey (34) tries to juke Ithaca’s Khiry Brown (8), but get tackled on the 38 yard line. St. Lawrence netted the first touchdown of the game, but then Ithaca racked up 47 straight points in drubbing the Saints 59-20 at home.  (Kevin Fisher photo) Game Gallery

St. Lawrence University’s Andrew Murphy (7) makes a one handed catch for the first down as the Bombers’ Kevin Schoch (24) catches up and stops him from entering the end zone. On the same drive SLU scored their first touchdown.

October 5: After St. Lawrence University took a 6-0 lead on its first drive of the game, the 11th-ranked Ithaca College football team ran off 52 unanswered points to defeat the Saints on Saturday afternoon at Leckonby Stadium. The Bombers amassed 545 yards on 78 plays on offense, with quarterback Joe Germinerio completing 19-of-27 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns. Will Gladney caught eight passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns for Ithaca. The Saints opened the game with a seven-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Andrew Murphy batted the ball to himself for a 45-yard catch to convert a 3rd-and-10, and Tyler Grochot found Joseph Viscardo in the front left corner of the end zone on the next play for a 14-yard touchdown pass.  Germinerio answered on the next drive with a 32-yard scoring pass to Gladney to give the Bombers a 7-6 lead, and Nicholas Bahamonde hit a 29-yard field goal to give Ithaca a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Ithaca scored touchdowns on all four of its offensive drives in the second quarter. Germinerio plunged in on a one-yard quarterback keeper, Isaiah D'Haiti added a 10-yard scoring run, and Germinerio added touchdown passes to Gladney and Austin Hedglen. The Bombers capped the scoring in the half with a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown by Michael Roumes with just 14 seconds remaining in the half. Germinerio found Gladney for a 12-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the second half to give Ithaca a 52-6 lead. St. Lawrence first-year Ryan Watson scored his first career touchdown on a 10-yard interception return later in the third quarter to cut the lead to 52-13. Ithaca scored its final points of the game early in the fourth quarter on a two-yard run by Chase Hebron, and the Saints capped the scoring on a 10-yard run halfway through the final frame. Tyler Grochot was 15-for-36 passing for 213 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions for the Saints. Aaron Ruthman, who took over for Grochot early in the second half, was 7-for-12 passing for 81 yards, and also added 22 rushing yards on five attempts. Battaglia had 73 rushing yards, while Viscardo had six catches for 72 yards for the Saints. Germinerio and AJ Clifford both had 47 rushing yards for Ithaca, while D'Haiti added 46. Michael Anderson had five catches for 97 yards. Sean Murphy led the Saints with 10 tackles and a forced fumble. Michael Gigantelli added nine tackles, and Tyler Burns and Ricky Hober both had seven.  Kevin Schoch had five tackles and an interception to lead the Bombers' defense.  St. Lawrence fell to 2-3 overall, 0-1 in the Liberty League, while Ithaca improved to 4-0, 1-0. The Saints have a bye next week, then go on the road to face Union on Oct. 19.

  

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clarkson upsets vermont university in 28-21 victory

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Clarkson running back Taylor Richardson (20) from Ogdensburg N.Y. breaks away from the University of Vermont defender and dashes towards the Catamounts' end zone midway through the fourth quarter. The Golden Knights held off a late comeback attempt to capture the 28-21 victory over University of Vermont in a 2017 contest. (Cody Jenne photo)
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St. Lawrence University’s Peyton Schmitt (2) a freshman from Harrisville, NY readies for a block while facing the SUNY Morrisville Mustangs defense.  St. Lawrence held off Morrisville in the late stages of the game to post a 32-22 win in their home opener.   (Jacob McNamara photo) Game Gallery

SUNY Morrisville rusher dashes for a gap in the defense.

September 20: Joseph Viscardo tied a program record with four touchdown receptions, and Tyler Grochot posted top-five performances in pass attempts, completions and passing yards to lead the St. Lawrence University football team to a 32-22 win over Morrisville State under the lights on Weeks Field at Leckonby Stadium on Friday night. Viscardo caught 11 passes for 134 yards. His fourth touchdown catch was a 20-yard touchdown catch on a corner route in the right corner of the end zone, which capped a 13-play, 71-yard drive that ate up seven minutes and 11 seconds to give the Saints a 10-point lead with just 4:15 remaining in the game. The four touchdown receptions ties the program record set by Kurt Lanning against Norwich in 1989. "The last couple of years (Viscardo) has been our best receiver," said St. Lawrence head coach Dan Puckhaber. "And now we're to the point where we can move him around and do some things in our empty package, and Morrisville didn't know how to guard him. At the end of the day they were giving us those free and easy yards, and we're going to take them." Grochot finished the night 31-for-55 passing for 390 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. The 55 attempts ranks second all-time, behind his own record of 71 set last season at RPI, while the 390 passing yards ranks fourth and the 31 completions ranks fifth. Grochot now owns the top-four performances in passing yards and has four of the top-six marks in completions. "He was smart with the ball today," said Puckhaber. "We didn't have any turnovers and he put the ball where he wanted to. Even though they were showing us a couple of different coverages, he never put the ball in a bad spot." Morrisville State opened the game with a 10-play, 73-yard touchdown drive, led by Kinsey Williams, who gained 42 yards rushing on five carries, before Mustang quarterback Bill Flatow found Jermaine Cooper for a nine-yard touchdown pass. St. Lawrence, however, scored on its next four drives to build a 19-7 halftime lead. William Manory hit 22- and 27-yard field goals, the second coming after the Saints' offense started at the Morrisville 31-yard line thanks to a fumble forced by Ricky Hober on a sack, which was recovered by Caleb Null. Viscardo scored his first touchdown of the game on the Saints' next drive, a 12-yard strike from Grochot in the front left corner, to give the Saints their first lead, 12-7. On the Saints' next drive, facing third-and-two from the Morrisville 18, Grochot hit Viscardo at the 10 yard line, and the junior from Saranac Lake shed a defender and scampered into the end zone for his second score of the game. Neither team could get much going offensively in the early stages of the second half, but the Mustangs cut the lead to 19-14 after Flatow scored on a two-yard quarterback keeper late in the third quarter.  The Saints responded with a 10-play, 70-yard touchdown drive, with Grochot's perfectly timed pass hitting Viscardo just as he turned around on a corner route by the front right pylon. Flatow drove the Mustangs down the field again, finding Kyle Tuohy for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 11:33 to play. The Mustang quarterback rushed for a two-point conversion to cut the Saints' lead to three points, 25-22. The Saints, however, put the game away with their longest drive of the season, with Viscardo etching his name in the program record book with his fourth touchdown reception of the game, a pass that Grochot lofted over a defender to the 6-2 wide receiver. Bryan Dempsey posted his first career 100-yard receiving game, catching nine passes for 112 yards. Andrew Murphy added five receptions for 72 yards, and Daniel Greene had four catches for 68 yards. Jamie Battaglia had 35 yards rushing on 17 carries. Flatow finished 19-for-31 for 183 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Williams had 111 rushing yards on 12 carries, and Toure Hall led the Mustangs with seven receptions for 60 yards.  Liam Murray had 10 tackles for the Saints' defense, while Ethan Roberts made eight stops with three sacks. Sean Murphy and Kyle Frimel also made eight tackles for the Saints, while Tyler Burns had seven tackles one had one interception. Philemon Benjamin had 11 tackles to lead the Mustangs' defense. Both teams moved to 1-2 on the season.
 
September 2: The St. Lawrence University football team fell behind Utica College 20-0 in the first three quarters of their season opener on Saturday night in Utica and were unable to recover, ultimately falling to the Pioneers by a 20-7 score in both team's season opener. While the Saints' defense held Utica's passing game in check, Nicodemus Gambill scored two rushing touchdowns, totaling 161 yards on 16 carries, to lead Utica to the win. Gambill scored on a 59-yard run with 27 seconds to play in the first half, then added a 39-yard touchdown with less than five minutes to play in the third quarter. Gambill's first touchdown came one play after the Saints were assessed a roughing-the-kicker penalty on a Utica punt. Senior quarterback Sean Richardson scored the Saints' lone touchdown on a three-yard run with 6:17 remaining in the game. The Saints opened the game with a promising drive, going 62 yards in 10 plays, but came up empty after a field goal attempt hit the left upright. Later in the first quarter, Utica's Antonio Scala scored the first points of the game, recovering a bad snap in the end zone two plays after the Pioneers had pinned the Saints deep in their own territory on a punt by Maki Medici. The Saints' lone score of the game capped an 11-play, 94-yard drive in which Rodrick Payne, Jack Buis and Richardson rushed for positive yardage, and Richardson completed passes to four different receivers — Travis Marnell, John Maye, Payne and Jamal Williams. While time appeared to be running out for the Saints, the defense came up with a big three-and-out stop to give the offense the ball with 4:43 to play. Richardson drove the ball 54 yards down the field, with the biggest play coming on a 31-yard quarterback keeper, but the drive eventually stalled on the Pioneers' 20-yard line, as the Saints turned the ball over on downs. "Sometimes the final score doesn't tell the true story of what happened in a game," said head coach Dan Puckhaber. "Today, it did. We played hard for a full 60 minutes but Utica took advantage of our mistakes." Richardson finished the day 18-for-43 with 155 passing yards, while Payne led the Saints' rushing attack with 48 yards on 13 carries. Marnell netted 41 yards on two catches, while Vincenzo Ferraro caught seven passes for 36 yards. Skyler Williamson led the Saints' defense with 13 tackles, including 12 solo stops, while Redden had seven tackles to go along with his blocked extra point. Tyler Mirabile had a blocked field goal for the Saints, stopping Medici's 30-yard attempt halfway through the second quarter. The Saints held Utica quarterback Peyton Miller to 54 passing yards, as he completed just 9-of-28 passes. St. Lawrence had 18 first downs, while Utica had just 11, but the Pioneers took advantage of a +4 turnover ratio to earn the win. "When you play a talented team like Utica, turnovers and special teams are going to be the differnce," said Puckhaber. "We did not win either of those categories tonight.  The team fought hard until the last second and is hungry to get back to practice to get ready for Norwich and bring the Hoffman Cup back to St. Lawrence." The Hoffman Cup will be held in Norwich, Vermont, next Saturday.

NCSN College Football Scoreboard

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019

St. Lawrence University 31, Buffalo State 26

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2019

St. Lawrence 51, University of Rochester 19

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019

Hobart 35, St. Lawrence University 3

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019

St. Lawrence University 35, RPI 21

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019

Union 38, St. Lawrence University 17

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2019

Ithaca 59, St. Lawrence University 20

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

St. Lawrence University 32, SUNY Morrisville 22

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

Norwich 30, St. Lawrence University 24

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

Utica 40, St. Lawrence University 14

 
End of 2018 College Football Season

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018

Hobart 42, St. Lawrence 31

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018

RPI 27, St. Lawrence University 20

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018

 Ithaca 28, St. Lawrence University 6

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018

Union 29, St. Lawrence University 7

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018

St. Lawrence 38, University of Rochester 24

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

Thomas More 48, St. Lawrence University 12

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

SUNY Morrisville 34, St. Lawrence 26

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

SUNY Brockport 65, St. Lawrence University 12

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

St. Lawrence University 40, Norwich 7

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018

Utica 9, St. Lawrence University 6 (OT)

 
End of 2017 College Football Season

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

SUNY Brockport 28, St. Lawrence University 7

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017

Hobart 34, St. Lawrence University 7

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017

RPI  21, St. Lawrence University 17

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017

St. Lawrence University 36, Univ. of Rochester 14
Clarkson 28, University of Vermont 21

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017

Buffalo State 24, St. Lawrence University 21
Western Connecticut 39, Clarkson 0

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017

Union 30, St. Lawrence University 6

 

FRI.-SAT., SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2017

Sacred Heart 25, Clarkson 0
Western New England 27, St. Lawrence 24 (OT)

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Ithaca 24, St. Lawrence University 13
Clarkson 44, SUNY Canton 0

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

Hoffman Cup Game
St. Lawrence University 17, Norwich 10

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2017

Utica 20, St. Lawrence University 7

 

End of 2016 College Football Season

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2016

St. Lawrence University 28, WPI 21

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016

Hobart 34, St. Lawrence University 18

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016

St. Lawrence University 26, Union 14

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016

Hoffman Cup Game
St. Lawrence University 8, Merchant Marine 0

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016

Southwestern Connecticut 28, Clarkson 8

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016

St. Lawrence University 48, Rochester 13

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

St. Lawrence University 42, Springfield 14

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

St. Lawrence University 20, RPI  14

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

St. Lawrence University 38, Endicott 0

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

St. Lawrence University 52, Norwich 0

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

St. Lawrence University 28, SUNY Morrisville 0