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Defense Anchors SLU Win Over Norwich, 2-0 Start On Season


NORTHFIELD, Vt. — A strong defensive effort led the St. Lawrence University football team to a 14-3 win over Norwich in a nonconference game Saturday afternoon.

The Saints (2-0 overall) held the Cadets to 114 yards of offense and Norwich (0-2) averaged only 2.0 yards-per play.

SLU also forced five turnovers, picking off four passes and recovering one fumble.

Freshman linebacker Jayson Leigh was a standout again for SLU with an interception and two tackles for lost yardage. Leigh intercepted two passes in the season-opener last weekend against Coast Guard.

Alec Dietsch, who also intercepted a pass, led the Saints with seven tackles. Sean Gretz also had seven tackles.

Otis Handy and James Holley-Grisham also intercepted passes for the Saints and Obi Nwaigwe recovered a fumble.

The Saints had a few chances to score early in the game but came up empty, but took a 7-0 lead with 10 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first half when Zane Fish connected with Colby Johnson on a 26-yard pass.

Norwich cut the Saints lead to 7-3 at halftime on a 35-yard field goal from Wesley Medeiros.

SLU’s second touchdown was set up by punter Brodie Corless, who pinned the Cadets on their own 1-yard line with a punt early in the second half.

As a result of the poor field position, SLU was able to take over on the Norwich 38 after a Cadets punt and took a 14-3 lead when Mike Lefflbine threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Mike Tateosian with 9:19 left in the third quarter.

Norwich threatened to score late in the game by interceptions by Handy and Dietsch, as well as the fumble recovery by Nwaigwe, thwarted the Cadets.scoring attempts.

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