Top-10 matchup ends in draw
Roundup: DeMello’s first-half goal lifts St. Lawrence to victory
AMHERST, Mass. -- Senior goalkeeper Lennard Kovacs made four saves en route to his 30th career shutout as No. 4 Amherst earned a 0-0 double overtime draw with No. 9 Wesleyan (Conn.).
Now 11-0-2 on the year with a 7-0-2 league ledger, Amherst improved to 5-4-6 against the Cardinals since 2000 in what has been an extremely competitive rivalry. Wesleyan moved to 10-0-3 on the year (7-0-2 NESCAC) with the tie and can clinch the NESCAC Championship’s top seed with a win against Trinity (Conn.) on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Eight of the team’s past 14 meetings have now required overtime, with four of the past nine resulting in a 0-0 draw.
Amherst finished with a 19-13 shot advantage and a 4-3 edge in corners. Wesleyan keeper Adam Purdy made seven saves, while Kovacs collected four stops.
No. 1 St. Lawrence 1, RIT 0
CANTON, N.Y. -- Junior Sam DeMello's first-half goal was all No. 1 St. Lawrence would need as it defeated Liberty League opponent RIT by the score of 1-0 on Saturday.
The Saints' undefeated record still holds as they improve to 14-0-0 overall and remains at the top of the Liberty League standings with a 7-0-0 mark. RIT suffers its first league loss, falling to 5-1-1 with a 9-5-2 record on the season.
St. Lawrence came out firing in the opening half, outshooting its opponent 11-2 and controlling the majority of play. DeMello opened the scoring at 26:42 as he knocked home his 10th goal of the season off a ball from classmate Brian Gilloran, his sixth assist of the season. The two made short back-and-forth passes around RIT defenders in the 18-yard-box and DeMello put the ball into the top right corner of the net to give the home team the 1-0 edge.
No. 2 Messiah 1, Alvernia 0
Grantham, PA -- Senior Danny Thompson broke a scoreless tie in the 82nd minute of play as No. 2 remained undefeated in the Commonwealth Conference in moving to 6-0 after being Alvernia 1-0 on Saturday. Alvernia dropped to 5-1 in the conference.
Crusader keeper Ben Diller, the Commonwealth's leader in shutouts coming into the night, made seven saves on the night, consistently thwarting Messiah's imposing offensive assault. In the 82nd minute, Danny Thompson drilled a shot that Diller could not deflect.
Thompson received the ball in the middle of the field from senior teammate Sam Woodworth. With the defense collapsing around him, as they had done all night, the senior cut left and then quickly back to his right before striking a laser from just outside the 18. The ball sailed on the ground to the lower, left corner and past a diving Diller for the game winner.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.