-Score: Skidmore College 9, Clark University 8
-Records: Clark (2-1), Skidmore (1-1)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)
-The Lead: In an overtime thriller at Granger Field, the Clark University men's lacrosse team was edged by the Thoroughbreds of Skidmore College on Wednesday evening. Junior Jack Pierce (Westborough, Mass.) led the Cougars with four points on the night from two goals and two assists. Junior Eric Megnia (West Barnstable, Mass.) led Skidmore with three goals in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Skidmore opened up scoring at the 12:27 mark when senior Jack Curry (Holliston, Mass.) buried one in the net, but the Cougars were quick to respond when goalkeeper Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) noticed an open net at the other end of the field. Maselek fired a long ball from the Cougars crease to the opposite side of the field, and due to his incredible accuracy earned himself a goal and tied the game up 1-1 with 9:22 on the clock.
-Cody Legez (Ponte Verda, Fla.) added a goal at the end of the first quarter and the start of the second quarter to give the Thoroughbreds a 3-1 advantage with 10:35 to play until the half.
-The Cougars capitalized on a man-up opportunity when sophomore Andrew Hollerbach (West Hartford, Conn.) found his classmate Jack Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) who fired one past the Skidmore goalkeeper and Clark trailed by just one with 8:58 on the clock (3-2).
-Skidmore then scored four unanswered goals. They added three more goals before the half. Megnia and Ian Maag (Marblehead, Mass.) both scored off of passes from first year Alex Miller (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and his classmate Jason Shlonsky (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) found space behind Maselek for the 6-2 lead heading into the break.
-Shlonsky added his second goal of the game to start the third quarter but a Jack duo ended the visitor's run. Pierce dished the ball to Jack Mandracchia who fired in his second goal of the game and brought Clark back within four, 7-3.
-Pierce's goal started a 4-0 rally for the Cougars. Sophomore Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) tallied his second goal of the season on an assist from senior Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) and the hosts started to gain some momentum heading into the final stanza.
-After five minutes of scoreless play Quincy Milton III (Seattle, Wash.) grabbed a pass from Owen Lamerson (Greenlawn, N.Y.), wound up from the left side, and launched it to the back of the net (7-5). Just three minutes later Pierce made it a one-point game when he tallied his second goal of the game at the 7:35 mark (7-6).
-Megnia ended the Clark run when he tallied his second goal of the game at the with 6:58 on the clock to put Skidmore back up by two, 8-6.
-King set Milton III up for a second goal with 1:08 to play and with just eight seconds on the clock Pierce fired one in to send the two teams into overtime.
-In a sudden death showdown, Skidmore sealed the deal when Megnia scored on a man-up opportunity for the ultimate 9-8 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Pierce led the Cougars with four points from two goals and two assists. Jack Mandracchia and Milton III each added two goals as well in the setback.
-Megnia led the Thoroughbreds with three goals, including the game winner in overtime. Shlonsky added two goals on the day.
-Philbin won 11-of-15 face-offs for Clark who went 13-for-21 on the day.
-Clark was 16-for-26 in clear attempts while Skidmore went 21-for-25.
-Skidmore outshot Clark 45-34 and edged the hosts in groundballs, 40-36.
-Maselek made an impressive 22 saves for Clark and falls to 2-1 on the season.
-Skidmore goalkeeper, senior Chris Baughan (Foxboro, Mass.) made 12 saves in the victory and improves to 1-1.
-Clark heads to Florida for Spring Break and takes on DeSales University on Monday, March 5th at 6:00 p.m.
-Skidmore is back in action on March 3rd when they host Plattsburgh State at 1:00 p.m.