CANTON, N.Y. -- Freshman Jamal Samaroo scored his first collegiate goal just 58 seconds into the second half as St. Lawrence  opened the defense of its Liberty League soccer title with a 2-0 win against Skidmore in the Saints' league opener on Archie MacAllaster Field Saturday afternoon.

Playing in front of a Family Weekend crowd of nearly 700, the Saints displayed the kind of ball control and domination which has fueled a 7-0-0 start to the regular season and the top spot in the NCAA Division III national poll. SLU outshot Skidmore 28-4 overall and the Thoroughbreds did not get a shot on goal until about 22 minutes were left in regulation. Senior goaltender Brian Abernethy made just the one save for his fifth shutout of the season.

No. 2 Messiah 8, Geneva 0
GRANTHAM, Pa. -- Messiah scored early and often today against Geneva with an 8-0 victory. Jack Thompson started the ambush with a goal only six minutes into the contest.

Freshman Jeremy Payne was the only Falcon to score two goals on the day.

Forward Jeb Nash had two shots on goal for Geneva. Geneva fell to 6-2-1 on the season, while Messiah improved to 7-0-1.

No. 5 Amherst 1, Hamilton 0
CLINTON, N.Y. – Spencer Noon scored the game’s lone goal and Lennard Kovacs stopped all five shots he faced to lead fifth-ranked Amherst in a 1-0 win at Hamilton College Saturday afternoon at Love Field.

Saturday’s contest marked the first-ever meeting between the programs, as this is Hamilton’s first season as a part of the NESCAC in men’s soccer. The Lord Jeffs improved to 5-0-0 (3-0-0 NESCAC), while the Continentals dropped to 1-3-1 (0-3-1).

Noon put the visitors on the board in the 17th minute, marking the third consecutive game in which the Amherst junior has recorded a goal. After firing a shot that was saved by Hamilton goalie Eric Boole ’13, Noon slotted the rebound past the diving keeper for his 23rd career tally. 

Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.