Cougars Start Fast, Take Down Gordon, 12-8

Cougars Start Fast, Take Down Gordon, 12-8

Worcester, Mass. – Host Clark University scored the game's first eight goals and never looked back, posting a 12-8 win over Gordon College in non-league lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at a frigid Granger Turf Field.

With the victory, the Scarlet and White run their winning streak to four straight as both Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) and Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) recorded hat tricks.

Game Information
Clark University 12, Gordon College 8
Records: Clark University 5-2; Gordon College 3-3
Location: Granger Turf Field, Worcester, Mass.

How It Happened:
The Clark offense started the game clicking as Bass put the Cougars in front with an unassisted marker 1:11 into the contest. Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) registered his first of the afternoon a little more than a minute later and that was followed by Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) setting up Bass for another tally a few minutes later.

Ahead 3-0 midway through the first period, Clark scored three more goals in the final two minutes of the frame as King scored back-to-back goals on assists from Andrew Myhre (Middlebury, Vt.) and Andrew Hollerbach (West Hartford, Conn.). Myhre then fed Jack Goracy (West Islip, N.Y.) to cap the quarter and send the Cougars to a commanding 6-0 advantage.

Things continued in Clark's favor to start the second quarter as Quincy Milton III (Seattle, Wash.) notched his fourth goal of the season and then Tyler Sullivan (Brunswick, Maine) connected with King for another score.

After nearly 22 minutes of action, Gordon finally got on the board when Chris Thanopolous found Nico Manganiello and then Manganiello added another a minute later to make the score, 8-2.

The teams traded goals before the half ended and when Nick Palandjian scored his second of the afternoon, suddenly the Fighting Scots were only down, 9-4 early in the third.

Clark got that goal back when Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) setup Myhre, but by the time the quarter was over, the Cougar advantage was down to five after Thor Rasmussen scored.

Things got even tighter when Palandjian fired one into the back of the net less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, making the score 10-6.

The Cougars answered back, getting a goals from Bass and Hollerbach less than 30 seconds apart to push the Clark edge to 12-6.

Clark should've recorded a few more goals but they hit the post on three shots in the final 12 minutes of action.

Gordon did tack on two more goals in the last three minutes on strikes from Nick Tozier and Manganiello.

Inside The Boxscore:
The game was sloppy at times as the teams combined for 38 turnovers, including 15 in the opening quarter. Clark held advantages in shots (47-34), groundballs (43-26) and controlled faceoffs, going 15-for-23.

Palandjian and Manganiello each finished with three goals to lead the Fighting Scots offensive attack.

For the Cougars, meanwhile, in addition to Bass and King, Mandracchia had two strikes, Myhre had a goal and two assists and Johnson dished out a pair of helpers.

Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.), who played the first 30 minutes in the cage for Clark picked up the win, finishing with four saves, while Jacob Reiner (Farmington, Conn.) stopped seven shots in 27 minutes of action in reserve for the Cougars.

Up Next:
The Scarlet and White are off until next Saturday when they visit Wesleyan for a 3:00 p.m. faceoff.

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