No. 17 Saints top Bears, 10-4
CANTON, N.Y. - The Potsdam Bears men's lacrosse team (5-5) traveled down Route 11 to face North Country Rival St. Lawrence University (9-3) this afternoon. In a rain and wind filled game the Bears fell to the No. 17 Saints 10-4. Senior midfielder Derek Frost led the Potsdam offense with two goals on the day. The Saints were led by midfielder Pierson Fowler, who recorded a hat trick and a stellar performance from attacker Davey Hovey who tallied a goal and seven assists for a game-high eight points.
The first quarter started off business as usual for SUNYAC Goalie of the Week Stefan Sloma. The Saints outshot the Bears 11-5 in the opening quarter but Sloma was turned aside all but one. After the Bears took an illegal body checking penalty with 3:39 left, Fowler found the back of the net to open the scoring. The Saints didn't add to their 1-0 lead through the rest of the quarter, but didn't waste any time scoring in the second. Potsdam was assessed another penalty and St. Lawrence capitalized with just 1:10 gone to make the count 2-0. At 12:05, Frost cut the Saints lead to one with an unassisted score. The next 11 minutes were scoreless thanks to some excellent goalie play for both sides until St. Lawrence ended the drought with 1:07 remaining in the half. A Hovey shot eluded Sloma to give the Saints a two-goal advantage going into halftime.
As the third stanza got under way, the Saints took control again, scoring three unanswered goals in under five minutes to go up 6-1. At 14:05 Fowler scored his second goal of the day. Just over a minute later at 13:04, midfielder Alden Frelinghuysen tallied off a feed from Hovey. St. Lawrence capped the run at 11:02 as Tucker Garfield struck on another helper from Hovey. The Bears were able to stop the run at 7:54 when Frost notched his second of the day with a man-up goal, closing to within 6-2. The Saints then extended their lead to five after the Bears took two penalties to give St. Lawrence a two-man advantage. Fowler was fed by Hoovey and found the back of the net for his third and final tally.
At 14:39 of the final quarter, midfielder Justin Ingram scored a man-up goal to give the Saints an 8-2 advantage. At 12:40 Potsdam junior attacker Rob Kunz beat Saints goalie Jack Nuland to make it a five-goal difference. Then Bears junior midfielder Jared Flath fed freshman attacker Ed Doherty at 5:08, cutting the Saints lead to just four. However, St. Lawrence answered quickly to put the game away. Just eight seconds later midfielder Marc Perroni hit the net off Hovey's seventh and final assist to make it 9-4. The Bears put together one final flurry, outshooting the Saints 6-1 and hitting the crossbar twice in the final five minutes. But it was Saints midfielder Zach Sloan who scored the final goal with five seconds left for the 10-4 final.
The Saints bested the Bears in all statistical categories except saves. The Bears were outshot 41-31, scooped up 19 groundballs to St. Lawrence's 33 and won just three of 17 faceoffs on the day. Sloma recorded 13 saves and Nuland stopped nine shots.
The Bears are back in action this Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m. when they host SUNY Geneseo in a critical SUNYAC matchup. Saturday is Potsdam's Senior Day and the contest is the main event of Bears men's lacrosse Alumni Weekend.