#1 RIT Ends Perfect Reg. Season with Win at St. Lawrence

CANTON, NY -- The No. 1 RIT (16-0, 6-0 Liberty League) lacrosse team wrapped up a perfect regular season Saturday with a 19-12 win over St. Lawrence University (8-5, 3-3 Liberty League). The Tigers win its third consecutive Liberty League regular season title and will host St. Lawrence in the Liberty League Tournament Semifinals next Saturday at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers are 17-1 in regular season conference games since joining the league in 2012.

Junior Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) led RIT with a career-high six goals. Ryan Lee (Sharon, Ontario/The Hill Academy) added four goals and an assist, while Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) controlled the face-off "X" winning 26 of 33 draws, including 7 for 7 in the fourth quarter, and had a team-best 10 ground balls. Casey Jackson (Victoria, BC/Claremont), Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin) and Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) each had two goals, and Eddie Kiesa (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt) scored a goal and dished out two assists.

RIT held a 45-27 shot advantge and won the ground ball battle 29-18. The Tigers went 7 of 9 on clearing attempts and were 0 for 3 with the man advantage. Pat Johnston (Long Beach, CA/Norwell (MA)) improved to 11-0 on the season, making six saves in net for RIT. Brad Gilles had five ground balls, while Mac Keehfus (Jamesville, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt) and Matt Hossack (Port Perry, Ontario/Port Perry) had four and three ground balls, respectively.

The Saints jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals from Pierson Fowler and Charlie Duprey. Fowler scored at 12:44 of the first off a feed from Jeremy Vautour, while Duprey scored on his own at 9:48.

RIT came storming back with four straight goals, taking a 4-2 lead on Warren's second goal of the quarter at 6:33 off a feed from Lee. Braden Wallace (Oakville, Ontario/Abbey Park) made it 2-1 Saints on his goal at 8:26, and Warren tied the game at 2-2 on his first goal of the quarter at 7:59. Lee gave the Tigers its first lead of the game at 7:19 off a feed from Gillies.

Conor Healey and Vautour came back with consecutive goals for St. Lawrence at 5:11 and 2:36, tying the score at 4-4. After a Lee goal gave RIT a 5-4 lead, Vautour scooped up a loose ball in front of the RIT net and scored with one second on the clock, tying the score at 5-5.

Duprey gave the Saints a 6-5 lead early in the second quarter, scoring on St. Lawrence's first possession.

But, the Tigers offense responded with another one of its patented scoring runs, tallying four straight goals to take 9-6 lead late in the second quarter. Wisman scored off a feed from Warren at 8:23 tying the score at 6-6. Lee scored off a feed from Kiesa at 6:35 to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead, and on the very next possession, Jackson scored a fast-break goal off a feed from Brooks-Lambert giving RIT an 8-6 lead. Wisman capped off the run, giving the Tigers a three-goal cushion.

Tommy Hovey broke the RIT scoring run with his first of the game at 3:20 of the second quarter, cutting the Tigers lead to 9-7.

Warren tallied his third goal of the quarter on the hidden ball trick with 2:26 to play giving the Tigers a 10-7 halftime lead. He and Wisman worked the play perfectly, as Wisman drove as if he had the ball, confusing the Saints defense allowing Warren to slide the ball into the net. Warren and Lee each scored three first-half goals to pace the Tigers.

Lee opened the second-half scoring with his fourth goal of the game off a feed from Kiesa at 12:29 giving RIT an 11-7 lead.

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