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CANTON - The St. Lawrence University men’s soccer team scored two goals in each half en route to a 4-0 victory over SUNY Canton, Sunday at Sandy MacAllaster Field. Senior captain Sam DeMello paced the Saints with two goals, while rookies Ryan Grant and Seyefe Brouk scored one goal apiece.

“It was nice that we bounced back from yesterday’s loss,” said St. Lawrence head coach Bob Durocher. “We were able to play a lot of guys who haven’t seen a lot of time this year. We played well and the young guys were able to do some nice things and get some confidence in their play.”

St. Lawrence opened the scoring four minutes into the game when Grant tallied his third goal of the season. Senior Will Congdon threaded a pass to Grant who was cutting towards the goal, and Grant tapped the ball past Canton’s goalkeeper William Banahene for the 1-0 lead.

In the 26th minute, junior Andrew Bednarsky played the ball in from the right side that bounced off a defender. Senior Brian Gilloran was there for the rebound, flicked the ball to DeMello who one-touched it into the far corner for his seventh of the season to put the Saints up 2-0.

Canton had a good chance in the 41st minute, as James Catillaz beat his defender down the right side and played the ball across the 18 yard box. Eric Lopez was running in on the left side and hit a one-touch shot that went wide.

The Saints tacked on another goal when they were awarded a penalty kick when Gilloran was taken down in the 18 yard box. DeMello fired the penalty shot into the lower left corner to put the Saints up 3-0.

Five minutes later, Brouk notched his first collegiate goal when he faked his defender at the top of the 18 yard box and fired a hard shot inside the far post to round out the scoring.

With under 4:00 minutes left to play, Canton was able to get another chance to score when James Catillaz received a ball that was misplayed by a Saint defender and one-touched a shot from the top of the 18 yard box that went wide left.

St. Lawrence finished with advantages in shots (26-3) and corner kicks (8-0). Sophomore Aaron Costello was credited with the victory making a save in the contest, while first-year student Ryan Roethel was in goal for the second half but was not called to make a save. Banahene made six saves for the Canton.

The Saints will host Vassar and Bard next weekend in two Liberty League contests.

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