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2015 Varsity vs St. Thomas More 022715 2000

February 27, 2015

After a tough loss on Tuesday night the St. Paul’s Wolves bounced back with a 14-3 win over the St. Thomas More Cougars on Friday night in Hunter Stadium.

Connor Lu got the Wolves started with a face dodge and shot past STM goalie Jacob Fenstermaker to give St. Paul’s an early 1-0 lead. STM middie Cade Price tied the game at one when he picked up a loose ball on the Wolves front porch and flicked it behind his back past St. Paul’s goalie Liam Ordoyne. Wolves attackman Ryan Flood finished the first quarter scoring when he turned an assist from Eli Crosby into a 2-1 lead. Lu and defenseman Hunter Simonson each forced two turnovers in the quarter while LSM David Cressy and defenseman Kevin Katich forced one each.

Playing man up to start the second quarter the Wolves took control of the game. Lu blasted a shot from the top of the box to put St. Paul’s up 3-1. Dylan Futrell followed for the Wolves with a goal from the right wing. JP Juge working from the wing drew a double team and fed Lane Sumrall for a goal to put St. Paul’s up 5-1 with 8:34 left in the half. Cougar attackman Robbie Sack cut the lead to 5-2 when he posted his defenseman at the left goal line extended and whipped a shot past Ordoyne. The Wolves scored four straight to close out the half. Sam Crowton beat his defender on the left wing and got a left handed shot off ahead of the defensive slide to put St. Paul’s up 6-2. Lu scored his hat trick on a dodge from the top of the box. Futrell assisted Sumrall to add to St. Paul’s lead before Futrell swept right and scored to send the teams to half time with the Wolves up 9-2.

Max Gold scored the only goal in the third quarter when he dodged down the right alley and bounced a shot past Fenstermaker to give St. Paul’s a 10-1 lead. Gold again dominated at the faceoff X going 7 of 10 while splitting time with Zach Nunez to give the Wolves an advantage in number of possessions. The defense locked down the Cougars forcing six turnovers, two by Simonson, and one each by Lu, Turner St. Romain, Nunez, and Katich.

The Wolves extended their lead in the fourth quarter when Cannon Shirah passed to Futrell on the right wing. Futrell face dodged his defenseman and scored to put the Wolves up 11-2. Sumrall teamed up with Lu on a man up possession to extend St. Paul’s lead to 12-2. The Cougars cut the lead to 12-3 before Sumrall answered with his own hat trick. Sumrall was assisted by Futrell. Lu added goal with 2:37 in the game to close out the scoring. The defense came up with seven turnovers including Simonson and Cressy with two each. The Cougars hurt themselves with four penalties in the quarter.

Liam Ordoyne collected five saves to earn the win.

The win gives St. Paul’s at 7-1 record heading into a non-league game against Mountain Brook (AL) on Saturday at 2pm in Hunter Stadium. The loss drops St. Thomas More to 3-4. The Cougars return to action at Mandeville on Saturday.