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ROCHESTER — Ryan Grant scored a goal with just 36 seconds left in the game to give the St. Lawrence University men’s soccer team a 3-2 win over the University of Rochester in a nonconference men’s soccer game Friday night.

The Saints (3-0), ranked No. 2 in the nation, trailed No. 6 Rochester 2-0 before rallying with three goals in the final 28 minutes to pull out the win.

Alex Swanger scored for Rochester (2-1) in the 21st and 52nd minute. SLU’s comeback began with a goal from Sam DeMello in the 62nd minute and Alex Laird tied the game in the 74th minute for the Saints.

SUNY GENESEO 2, CLARKSON 0: Alex Stephan scored goals just 65 seconds apart in the first half to lead the Blue Knights past Clarkson (0-2-1) in a nonconference contest in Geneseo.

Stephan scored in the 17th and 18th minutes for SUNY Geneseo (1-2). Nick Voggel made six saves for the shutout.

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BEARS SWEEP, SAINTS LOSE TWO: SUNY Potsdam (4-3) picked up a pair of wins in the first day of the Victory Promotions Invitational, which is being held at SUNY Potsdam and SLU.

The Bears opened with a 25-14, 16-25, 25-22, 25-19 win over SUNY Oswego and then defeated St. Michael’s 25-23, 15-25, 16-25, 25-21, 15-11.

Potsdam breezed past the Lakers in the first set, 25-14. Oswego answered in kind with a 25-16 win in the second set. The Bears then outworked the Lakers for 25-22 and 25-19 victories in the final two sets.

“I thought we came out in the first set and played at a high level,” said Bears Head Coach Steve Pike. “They came out and were scrappy in the second set. I’ve got to give them credit. Their defense improved and they came back with some speed on the ball. It really got us out of system, so I was glad to see our girls fight through that. Sometimes you’ve just got to keep fighting when things aren’t going your way. It’s a sign of pretty good team when you’re able to do that.”

The Bears rallied past the Purple Knights, 25-23, in the first set of their second match, but lost junior right side Dakota Pruiss (Wallkill, N.Y.) to injury. Potsdam struggled to recover over the next two sets, falling 25-15 and 25-16.

“Tia (Wright-Vestal, N.Y.) came in after we lost Dakota and did a great job for us,” Pike said. The girls really executed to finish that set. We were just trying to find ways to battle with them and score and we couldn’t quite do that in sets two and three.”

Down midway through the fourth set, Potsdam got an offensive boost from junior middle hitter Sara Anderson (Lake George, N.Y.) and strong defense from senior middle hitter Kayla Howard (Marcellus, N.Y.) and freshman right side Rachel Auerbach (Ashburn, Va.).

“We switched our lineup a little bit,” added Pike. “Sara came in and played a position she doesn’t normally play. We brought her in the front row and she scored well for us. We needed someone that could bring some offense on the outside and so I thought ‘let’s see what she can do for us’. Kayla and Rachel picked up the hitters in the fourth and fifth sets and made some huge blocks.”

The adjustments worked as Potsdam bounced back for 25-21 and 15-11 victories. Statistics were unavailable at the time of this release.

The Bears (4-3) face tough test tomorrow against Southern Vermont at 11:30 a.m. and SUNY Plattsburgh at 1:30 p.m.

SLU (2-4) started with a 25-19, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23 loss to SUNY Plattsburgh and then fell 23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 15-7 to Southern Vermont. Anna Kassab produced 48 assists combined for the Saints.

CLARKSON LOSES TWICE: The Golden Knights (4-2) opened the Nazareth Invitational with a pair of losses, falling 29-27, 25-13, 25-19 to Mount Union and then losing to the host Golden Flyers 27-25, 25-23, 19-25, 21-25, 15-13.

Danielle Farabee had 11 kills for Clarkson against Mount Union and Victoria Kirkemo added 10. Bailey Walker produced 17 kills for Clarkson against Nazareth.

SUNY CANTON 3, MCLA 0: Danielle Swanston had 11 kills for the Kangaroos (4-0) in a 25-20, 25-13, 25-17 sweep of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on the opening day of the Keuka Tournament. Morgan Bills added eight kills for SUNY Canton.

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