Nov. 13, 2010

The nationally-ranked No. 7 St. Lawrence University men' s soccer team defeated SUNYIT by the score of 2-0 in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament on Saturday at Sandy MacAllaster Field in Canton, NY.

St. Lawrence (17-2-2) advances to play Amherst College, which defeated Plattsburgh State by the same score of 2-0 this afternoon. Meanwhile, the Wildcats' season comes to an end with a final record of 13-6-1.

The majority of play throughout the first half was in the SUNYIT end as the Saints outshot the Wildcats by a sound 10-3 margin. However, goalkeeper Malick Faye kept the Scarlet and Brown off the scoreboard with three saves including a key stop on a scrum in front of the 6-yard box.

St. Lawrence continued to press offensively and eventually broke through with a picturesque goal at the 48:24 mark off of a well-designed set play. Sophomore Sam DeMello delivered a beautifully struck direct kick to the top of the 6-yard box. Senior James Stewart slid into the box and re-directed a shot behind Faye for his third goal of the season to put the Saints on top, 1-0.

With the Wildcats trying to create offensive chances for Diego Montaleza and Mario Gomez, the Saints were able to capitalize in transition and add an insurance goal in the 71st minute. DeMello again got the play started as he sprung junior Dan Marvin up the right sideline. Marvin cut into the 18-yard box and ripped a low shot past Faye inside the far post for a 2-0 lead. The goal was Marvin's sixth of the season and ensured the Saints' victory.

St. Lawrence closed with a solid 20-6 advantage in shots and held a 7-2 edge in corner kicks. Faye made seven saves in goal for SUNYIT, while sophomore Nate Goss-Woliner made two stops for the Scarlet and Brown.

The Saints will be in action again tomorrow, Sunday, November 14 at Sandy MacAllaster Field in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The game against the Lord Jeffs of Amherst is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm.