Worcester, Mass. – A stout Clark University defense held Coast Guard to just two goals in the second half and the offense stayed steady and the host Cougars won their third straight with a 9-5 win over the Bears in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) lacrosse action on Saturday night.
Score: Clark University 9, Coast Guard 5
Records: Clark University (8-3, 2-0 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (6-4, 0-2 NEWMAC)
Location: Granger Turf Field, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Clark offense got going almost from the opening faceoff, racing out to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter. First the Cougars got unassisted strikes from Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) and Jack Pierce (Westboro, Mass.) and then Quincy Milton III (Seattle, Wash.) connected with Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) to give the Scarlet and White the three goal advantage.
That lead quickly disappeared as Coast Guard scored three straight on back-to-back tallies from Ian Logan and another from Riley McNulty with the help of Jack Pope that evened the score.
Owen Lamerson (Greenlawn, N.Y.) teamed up with Pierce for his second of the afternoon with a little more than four minutes to go in the half and the Cougars were back in front, 4-3.
A little less than five minutes later McNulty found the back of the net to keep Coast Guard close, but two goals for Clark in the final three minutes of the quarter allowed for some breathing room. First, Bass set up King for a laser that ripped through the Coast Guard defense for King's second of the night. Then a minute later Milton III found the back of the net with help from Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.).
Now in front 7-4, Clark tacked on two more goals in the fourth as Johnson and Bass recorded spectacular unassisted goals before Pope snuck one by with one second left in regulation.
Johnson, King and Pierce all had two goals for Clark, while Bass had two goals and an assist and Milton III chipped in with a goal and an assist.
Clark is off until Friday night when they host MIT in the second annual Renny Classic. Faceoff is slated for 8:00 p.m.