CANTON — Jeremy Vautour scored four goals and assisted on another Wednesday to lead St. Lawrence University to an 11-8 victory over Plattsburgh State in non-conference men’s lacrosse, handing the nationally-ranked Cardinals their second loss in a row.
The Saints (6-3) held a 4-3 lead after one period, a 7-6 advantage at the half and a 9-8 edge after three in the closely contested match. The Cardinals (8-3), however, were held off the board in the fourth while St. Lawrence tallied two insurance goals.
The only time Plattsburgh led in the game was at 1-0.
St. Lawrence’s biggest lead, up until the final score, was at 4-1 and then at 9-6. The Cardinals did come back to tie the contest at 5-all and then 6-all before the Saints got the next three goals to go up, 9-6.
Justin Ingram (2 assists), Davey Hovey, Garrett Gagne, Mac Johnson, Tucker Garfield, Josh Robinson and Malcolm Lynch all chipped in with a goal each for the Saints.
Brett McClelland and Nick Travers paced Plattsburgh with two goals apiece, with Travers also getting an assist. Brendan Damm, Tim Lawrence, Tom Duggan and Anthony Pafundi finished with a goal apiece.
St. Lawrence held a 37-29 shot advantage, including holding Plattsburgh to just one shot in the fourth period. Jack Nuland made six saves for the Saints and Gordie Gehring nine stops for the Cardinals.
St. Lawrence also held a 37-17 edge in ground balls, while the Cardinals committed 20 turnovers as opposed to 14 for the Saints.
The Cardinals return to SUNY Athletic Conference play with a 1 p.m. game at Oswego on Saturday.
St. Lawrence 11, Plattsburgh State 8
Plattsburgh State 3 3 2 0 — 8
St. Lawrence 4 3 2 2 — 11
Plattsburgh State- Brett McClelland, 2 goals, 1 assist. Nick Travers, 2 goals. Brendan Damm, 1 goal, 1 assist. Tim Lawrence, 1 goal, 1 assist. Tom Duggan, 1 goal. Anthony Pafundi, 1 goal. Joey Kramer, 1 assist.
St. Lawrence- Jeremy Vautour, 4 goals, 1 assist. Justin Ingram, 1 goal, 2 assists. Davey Hovey, 1 goal, 1 assist. Garrett Gagne, 1 goal, 1 assist. Mac Johnson, 1 goal. Tucker Garfield, 1 goal. Josh Robinson, 1 goal. Malcolm Lynch, 1 goal.
Shots: St. Lawrence 37, Plattsburgh 29.
Ground balls: St. Lawrence 37, Plattsburgh 17.
Turnovers: Plattsburgh 20, St. Lawrence 14.
Faceoffs: Plattsburgh, 11-21. St. Lawrence, 10-21.
Clears: Plattsburgh, 10-17. St. Lawrence, 16-20.
Extra-man opportunities: Plattsburgh, 0-5. St. Lawrence, 2-9.
Goalie saves: Gordie Gehring, PSU, 9. Jack Nuland, SLU, 6.