SCHENECTADY A blocked field goal by Chyron Brown-Wallace, which Connor OBrien returned 84 yards for a touchdown, turned out to be the play that changed the game as the St. Lawrence University football team defeated Union College, 30-20, in the Liberty League opener for both teams Saturday.
The Dutchmen (0-3 overall) had overcome an early 13-0 deficit and were attempting to go ahead 23-13 early in the third quarter when Brown-Wallace blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt by Unions David Pope. OBriens return with the loose ball tied the game, 20-20.
SLU (3-1) went ahead to stay on a 25-yard run by Maurice Irby early in the fourth quarter and Collin Shapiro kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it a 10-point final.
St. Lawrence hasnt started the season with three wins in its first four games since 1991.
CLARKSON 12, RIT 1
Erin Ambrose scored three goals with one assist as the third-ranked Golden Knights crushed the Rochester Institute of Technology in a nonconference game at Cheel Arena in the opener for both squads.
The Golden Knights scored four power-play goals and outshot RIT, 44-13.
Shannon MacAulay, Vanessa Plante, Cayley Mercer, Carly Mercer, Vanessa Gagnon, Genevieve Bannon, Shelby Nisbet, Olivia Howe and Jamie Lee Rattray also scored goals for Clarkson.
N. HAMPSHIRE 2, ST. LAWRENCE 1
The Wildcats (1-1) scored two goals in the first 2 minutes, 39 seconds of the third period to defeat SLU in a nonconference contest in Canton.
Caroline Broderick and Sara Carlson scored for the Wildcats. Kayla Raniwsky scored a power-play goal for the Saints (1-1).
ST. LAWRENCE 2, HOBART 0
The Saints scored two goals in the final 16 minutes to knock off Hobart (4-4, 0-1) in a Liberty League game in Geneva.
Andrew Bednarsky scored in the 75th minute for SLU (5-1-1, 1-0) and Morgan Smith added another goal in the 85th.
RIT 2, CLARKSON 0
John Kaddo scored in the 59th minute as the Tigers defeated Clarkson (2-6, 0-1) in a Liberty League game in Rochester. Coty Winchell scored in the 88th for RIT (4-3-1, 1-0-0).
SUNY PLATTSBURGH 4, SUNY POTSDAM 0
Chris Bowden tallied two goals as the Cardinals beat SUNY Potsdam (6-4, 0-1) in a SUNYAC contest in Plattsburgh.
Steve Zacharczyk and Matt Hamilton also scored for SUNY Plattsburgh (7-1-1, 1-0-0), and Mitchell Jordon made three saves for the shutout.
SUNY CANTON 5, VERMONT TECH 0
Tyler Gallagher scored one goal and assisted on another as the Kangaroos defeated Vermont Tech (3-6) in a nonconference game in Randolph Center, Vt.
Elhadji Gueye, Jose Menendez, Devin Gruneisen and Prince Adjei also scored for SUNY Canton (5-5).
WILLIAM SMITH 3, ST. LAWRENCE 2
Madeline Buckley scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to lead William Smith (7-1, 1-0) in a Liberty League game in Canton. Buckley tied the game in the 76th minute and scored the game-winning goal in the 89th.
Julia Friesen and Samantha Rock scored for the Saints (6-1-2, 0-1-0).
RIT 2, CLARKSOn 0
The Tigers scored once in each half to defeat Clarkson (3-6, 0-1) in a Liberty League contest in Potsdam.
Anka Parzych and Sierra Kiss scored for RIT (6-1-2, 1-0-0).
SUNY PLATTSBURGH 1, SUNY POTSDAM 0
Kristy Kirkpatrick stopped two shots to send SUNY Plattsburgh past the Bears (3-5-1, 0-1-0) in a SUNYAC game in Potsdam. Lauren Gonyea scored from Diana DiCocco for the Cardinals (3-5-1, 1-0).
JEFFERSON CC 1, FULTON-MONTGOMERY CC 0
Whitney Maitland scored in the 72nd minute to give the host Cannoneers a Region 3 win over the Raiders (0-5).
Kate Gehrke made two saves for Jefferson Community College (2-5).
SUNY CANTON 5, KINGS COLLEGE 0
Franchesca Trombley netted two goals as the Kangaroos blanked the Lions (4-3) in New York.
Jade Sayward, Katlyn Hart and Tressa Goolden also scored for SUNY Canton (4-4).
SKIDMORE 3, ST. LAWRENCE 1
Dani DeGregory scored once and assisted on two others as Skidmore (8-1, 2-0) beat the Saints in a Liberty League contest in Canton.
Kelly Blackhurst and Melanie Webb also scored for Skidmore. Lizzy Saward scored for the Saints (2-6, 0-1).
CLARKSON 3, RIT 0
Aishvina Arasu produced 14 kills as the Golden Knights (12-4, 4-0) beat RIT 25-12, 25-19, 25-11 in a Liberty League match at St. Lawrence University.
Lauren Hutchinson added eight kills for the Saints and Lani Durio added 35 assists.
SAINTS TAKE TWO
Cristina Deschaine finished with 20 kills as SLU (11-5, 3-1) topped Vassar 25-23, 27-25, 19-25, 25-21 and then swept Bard 25-11, 25-16, 25-10 in Liberty League matches in Canton.
BEARS WIN TWICE
Sarah Anderson combined for 21 kills as SUNY Potsdam (9-9, 3-0) won two SUNYAC matches in Cortland.
The Bears tipped SUNY Cortland 16-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-12, 17-15 and then beat SUNY Oswego 25-22, 16-25, 25-18, 25-14. Dakota Pruiss produced 15 kills against the Lakers.
SUNY CANTON SPLITS
Morgan Bills generated seven kills as the Kangaroos 25-14, 25-7, 25-8 swept York College at SUNYIT in the SUNYIT Invitational. Kelsy Cornish tallied 13 kills for SUNY Canton (14-2) in a 25-20, 20-25, 25-16, 25-13 loss to the host Wildcats.
JCC GETS TWO WINS
Ashley Capone generated 45 kills, 22 service points and 14 digs over three matches as the Cannoneers took two matches in Region 3 play at Utica.
Jefferson CC (8-8) swept host Mohawk Valley CC, 25-10, 25-19, 25-14 before losing to Herkimer County CC, 25-14, 28-26, 25-14.
JCC then swept Fulton-Montgomery CC 25-20, 25-21, 25-16. Shelby Countryman finished with 74 assists, 20 service points and 14 digs for the day.
KANGAROOS FINISH IN TOP 10
Both the SUNY Canton mens and womens teams earned top-10 finishes at the SUNYIT Wildcat Classic in Marcy. SUNY Cantons men finished in fifth place with 171 points and the womens team was seventh with 167.
SUNY ESF won both the mens and womens titles, with 34 points on the mens side and 75 on the womens. SUNY Potsdams men finished in 16th place with 421 points and the Bears women were in eighth place with 196.
Thomas Lauzon was the top finisher among area men, placing 17th for SUNY Canton.
The Kangaroos were led by Megan Mydoshs third-place finish and Keara Byrnes 10th. Hannah Groshner finished 13th for SUNY Potsdam.
SAINTS CLING TO LAST SPOt
The top four teams at the Liberty League qualifier at SLU will advance to the match play championship in the spring and, after day one, the Saints have a three-stroke lead on Clarkson for the final spot.
SLU was led by Jack Whelan, who shot a 69, and finished with 303 strokes. Clarkson, which was led by a 75 from Ben Stone, is at 306 strokes. Rochester leads the event with a 290 score.
KANGAROOS TAKE SECOND
Zach Meade shot an 81 to finish fourth overall, leading SUNY Canton to a second-place finish at the Lou Jarvish Invitational in Jay Peak, Vt.
Castleton State won the team title at 316 strokes. SUNY Canton finished with 343. Mike Reilly finished tied for fifth for the Kangaroos with an 84.