Saints hold off late-rallying Fords

Saints hold off late-rallying Fords

BRONXSVILLE, N.Y. – A three-goal second period staked the Haverford College men's lacrosse team to a halftime lead over St. Lawrence University, but the Saints rallied in the third then held off the Fords for a 7-6 win in a non-conference battle Saturday afternoon at Bronxsville High School.

Haverford (0-3) scored all three of the second period's goals to overcome a first period 2-1 St. Lawrence (1-0) lead. The Saints, however, netted the first two scores of the third quarter to tie the score and steal back the momentum.

Phillip Valliant's third goal of the day allowed Haverford to slow the Saints roll and wrest back the lead but St. Lawrence notched the next three goals and held off the Fords for the win.

Adding to Valliant's offense were Christian Clay, with two goals, and Jake Maldonado who scored the game's final goal. Pierson Fowler led the St. Lawrence attack with three goals.

In the defensive ends, goalkeeper Joe Banno registered eight saves for the Fords while the Saints' Jack Nuland finished with five second-half saves and the win after coming on in relief of Jeff Goeke following the halftime break.

St. Lawrence out shot the Fords in the second period but Clay and Valliant were sharp shooters as Haverford notched three goals on six shots, forcing the switch from Goeke to Nuland. The move paid off for St. Lawrence as Haverford tallied 10 shots in the third period with five of those on frame, four of which Nuland stopped.

Haverford rolls back into action Wednesday night, March 7, with another neutral site game, a non-conference match-up against Skidmore College starting at 7 p.m. at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, N.J.