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st. lawrence university magazine | spring 2015

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SPORTS

strengthen their friendship,

all while adding many other

Laurentian friends and team-

mates along the way.

“I know I picked the right

school and am very happy,”

Evan notes. “I’m with my

friends, I play the sport I

love and am getting a great

education. What more can

you ask for?”

He hesitates for a mo-

ment, then adds, “Well, to

be honest, there is one more

thing that Lee, Moe and I

do not have, and that is a

Liberty League champion-

ship. In 2015 that goal will

be achieved.”

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have made us a better team.

They have a winning attitude,

they don’t like to lose and

they demand accountability

from their teammates.”

Each member of the trio

is thankful for the opportu-

nity that St. Lawrence has

given them to play football

together, and continue to

an All-League selection in

2014, helped the Saints’

defense become the best

in the conference.

“They come from a

great high school football

program where all three

were highly competitive,”

Football Head Coach Mark

Raymond M’96 says. “They

pass defense. It also helped

raise the bar for the team’s suc-

cess both on and off the field.

The “Freeport Trio” has

flourished together since

joining forces. Maurice

became the featured

tailback in 2013, earning

MVP honors in the annual

Hoffman Cup game with

Merchant Marine after a

207-yard, two-touchdown

performance en route to

Second Team All-Liberty

League status. Leondre

was named an All-America

by

D3football.com

and

was a first team All-League

choice. Evan, who was also

“I’m with my friends,

I play the sport

I love and am getting a great

education.

What more can you ask for?”

Evan Lapice ’16

The Freeport Trio

By Joe Keniston ’05, M’07

“Let’s go turn up at SLU.”

That’s what Leondre “Lee” Simmon ’16

said to friend, teammate and fellow Free-

port, New York, native Maurice “Mo”

Irby ’16 during their senior year of high

school. That phrase usually refers to par-

tying, but not in this instance. They were

talking about combining forces for the

next four years and making a difference

in the St. Lawrence football program.

Both were heavily recruited by football

teams all across the country, but Leon-

dre, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound dual-sport

athlete, was looking to play both football

and basketball at the collegiate level, and

Maurice, a 5-foot-5, 145-pound elusive

running back, saw a chance to become a

threat out of the backfield for an emerg-

ing program. They made the decision to

travel 380 miles together from home to

the North Country with dreams of win-

ning a conference title.

But reality set in quickly in their first

season. The team struggled in fall 2012,

finishing 0-10 and leaving both Saints

wondering what went wrong.

“We saw the potential,” Maurice says.

“We never held our heads down. We just

needed a spark to start the fire.”

Enter Evan Lapice ’16. Evan, who

had known Maurice and Leondre since

seventh grade back in Freeport, opted

to attend a Division II school to play

football. Though his team was successful,

the college wasn’t the experience he had

hoped for. While home during a break,

his friends didn’t hold back on offering

some “saintly” advice.

“Mo and Lee told me all about

St. Lawrence and how it was a great

school academically. When I looked up

the statistics about employment rates

after graduation, I was very impressed,”

Evan said. “They also told me about the

0-10 season and about the potential they

had. After I visited in December, I was

sold. I wanted to be a Saint.”

The addition of Evan, a 5-foot-5,

170-pound safety, not only solidified a

first back-to-back 7+ win seasons

since 1977-78

first eight-win season

since 1982

first back-to-back wins (2013, 2014) over Union College

since 1962 and 1963

first win at the University of Rochester

since 1997

first win at Rensselaer

since 1986

first win against Springfield College

First in the country

in pass efficiency defense (2014)

In two years, the Freeport Trio

has helped St. Lawrence to:

teve Cady ’75 was among five

inductees into the Miami University

(Ohio) Cradle of Coaches

Association in late January. The association

recognizes outstanding achievement by

Miami graduates and staff members.

Cady was one of the main forces behind

the growth of ice hockey at Miami and has

served as senior associate athletics direc-

tor and assistant vice president for finance

and business services since 1998. He was the

head coach of the Miami ice hockey team for

nine seasons, including its first seven years

as a varsity program (1978-85), and was also

head coach of the men’s soccer program

(1978-80). He was the winner of the Ameri-

can Hockey Coaches Association Jim Fuller-

ton Award in 2002, and the Steve “Coach”

Cady Arena at Miami’s Goggin Ice Center is

named in his honor. A 2009 inductee into

the Miami Athletics Hall of Fame, he has

served on both the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules

and Ice Hockey Championships committees.

A North Country native, Steve played

three seasons of varsity soccer at St.

Lawrence. He began his coaching career at

Bowling Green State University in 1976-77.

—Wally Johnson

Cady ’75 Honored

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From left, Maurice Irby, Leondre Simmon

and Evan Lapice have a Liberty League

championship in their sights for 2015,

their last season together.

Juniors from the same high school

have their sights set on a league football title in

2015

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