Union defeats St. Lawrence for first league win


CANTON, N.Y. – The Union College football team picked up its first Liberty League victory of the season, topping St. Lawrence 29-7 on Saturday afternoon at Leckonby Stadium. The Dutchmen improve to 5-2 on the season with a 1-2 record in Liberty League play, while St. Lawrence drops to 2-5 with a 1-1 record in the Liberty League. Union kept St. Lawrence to just 199 yards of total offense, which includes a season best of just 24 yards rushing against. It also marks just the second time this season that Union has kept its opponent under 200 yards.

Summary

  • First-year wide receiver Andre Ross Jr. had two touchdown catches.

  • Sophomore QB Will Bellamy threw for 165 yards, completing 20 of 32 passes with no interceptions.

  • First-year running back Ike Irabor rushed for 118 yards on 33 attempts.

  • Junior wide out Griffin Beal led the receiving corps with 89 total yards on nine catches.

  • The Union defense recorded its first safety of the season.

  • Union record a season-high four sacks in the contest.

How It Happened The Dutchmen started the contest with strong defense, forcing a fumble on the first play which put St. Lawrence on their one-yard line. On the ensuing play, George Reed broke through the line and tackled SLY running back Tyler Grochot in the endzone for the safety and 2-0 lead. Union would go on to score 13 more points in the first quarter, as Will Bellamy connected with Andre Ross Jr. for a 5-yard TD on Union's first possession of the game, and Marcos Rodriguez made two 29-yard field goals to give Union the 15-0 lead after 15 minutes. In the second quarter, Bellamy and Ross Jr. combined again for Union's second touchdown of the day, this time with the first year hauling in a 17-yard pass to put Union up 22-0. The two teams would then settle into a defensive battle for the third quarter and half of the fourth, but St. Lawrence finally got on the board at the 7:12 mark of the final quarter with a 7-yard pass. The Dutchmen then responded with a 45-yard