For a second straight year the St. Lawrence University men's soccer team has seen its season end with a game against Amherst in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Once again the teams went to overtime, this time ending in a 1-1 tie Sunday afternoon in a second-round game at SLU's Sandy MacAllaster Field.
But Amherst (14-1-5 overall) earned the right to move to the third round after winning 3-2 in a shootout, with the winning goal coming on this shot by Kieran Bellew.
SLU (17-2-2) outshot the Lord Jeffs 27-11, but Amherst had a 7-5 edge in shots-on-goal.
The Saints controlled possession for most of the second half of the game, but Amherst scored first on a rebound goal by Cameron Bean in the 69th minute.
SLU answered with a goal from Manny Collins in the 79th minute, with Harry Copeland picking up an assist.
Here are two videos showing some of SLU's scoring chances in the contest. The first is from the first half and the second is from late in regulation.
Postgame press conference with, from left to right, SLU co-captain Mark Provost, Saints head coach Bob Durocher, and SLU co-captain Dan Hunt
Amherst's postgame press conference with, from left-to-right, head coach Justin Serpone, shootout goalie Lee Owen and game goalie Thomas Bull
The state cross country championship meet returned to the north country for the first time since 2007 and Saturday's event at SUNY Canton produced an area team champion and an area individual champion.
Beaver River's boys team won the school's 15th state title, finishing first in the Class D race with 74 points. It was the first title since 2008 for the Beavers. Norwood-Norfolk finished third in the D race with 81 points.
Beaver River celebrates after finding out it won
Beaver River's Brett Neddo
The other area champion was Carthage sophomore Noah Affolder, who dominated the boys Class B race, finishing nearly 12 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in 15 minutes, 48.8 seconds.
Affolder's finish and post-race interview
Section 10 saw a good showing from the Norwood-Norfolk boys and girls teams, which each finished in third place in their respective Class D races.
Norwood-Norfolk's girls were led by junior Kaycie Saucier, who finished in fourth place in the Class D race in 19:37.2
Sophomore Hannah Gray also medalled for the Flyer girls, finishing in 13th place.
Kyle Fulk led the Norwood-Norfolk boys, finishing in sixth place in the Class D race in 16:51.3. The Flyers had two other medalists as Adam Saucier, Kaycie's twin brother, finished eighth (16:56.1) and Fulk's older brother, Connor, finished 11th in 16:58.7.
Flyers boys and girls coach Kent Fetter after girls race
For a second straight year the St. Lawrence University football team used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Union College in a Liberty League game.
The Saints won 28-20 on Saturday before 2,474 fans at Leckonby Stadium, coming back from a 20-7 deficit early in the second half. Last year SLU trailed 20-13 in the second half and wound up winning 30-20 in Schenectady.
Saints coach Mark Raymond
A key factor in SLU's win was the two-way play of junior defensive back Leondre Simmon, who caught two touchdown passes and also had a key interception for the Saints
Sophomore defensive back James Holley-Grisham used a 23-yard punt return to Union's 24 to set up the final touchdown of the game for the Saints.
Shortly after Holley-Grisham's return SLU quarterback Mike Lefflbine threw this 6-yard pass to Simmon to give the Saints a 28-20 advantage.
Union's last chance to tie the game ended when sophomore defensive lineman Chyron Brown-Wallace sacked Dutchmen quarterback Connor Eck two straight times to end Union's final offensive series. The Saints finished with seven sacks and Brown-Wallace tallied 3 1/2.
Last season was a memorable one for the St. Lawrence University football team, which went 7-3 overall and finished 5-2 in the Liberty League.
The Saints had a perfect 5-0 record at home and played in five games which were decided by a touchdown or less, going 3-2.
SLU opens the 2014 season on Saturday Sept. 6 at the Coast Guard Academy and has its home opener on Sept. 13 against Norwich.
Here's a preseason conversation with Saints coach Mark Raymond:
After reaching the NCAA Division III Tournament the last two seasons, including an appearance in the sweet 16 last year, the St. Lawrence University men's soccer team has lofty expectations heading into the 2014 season. SLU finished 17-3-2 overall last season and went 7-1 in the Liberty League. The Saints return nearly every key performer from last season, including goalie Aaron Costello, who set a school record with 16 shutouts last season. Here are conversations with Saints head coach Bob Durocher, who guided the program to a national title in 1999 and a final four appearance in 2002, as well as Costello.