Worcester, Mass. – Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) became the school's all-time leader in assists and went over the 200 career point barrier as host Clark University wasted little time putting Emerson College enroute to a convincing 19-3 win over the Lions on Saturday morning in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) lacrosse action.
The win for the Cougars wraps up their regular season with a school-record 12 wins and a tie for the regular season conference crown with Springfield.
Clark, who will be seeded second in the upcoming conference championship tournament, will host a semifinal game on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Score: Clark University 19, Emerson College 3
Records: Clark University (12-4, 6-1 NEWMAC); Emerson College (4-8, 0-5 NEWMAC)
Location: Granger Field, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
After a pregame ceremony to honor the 15 members that comprise their class of 2017, Clark scored four goals in the contest's first three minutes on their way to an eight goal first quarter and seven goal advantage.
After Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) dented the scoreboard just 44 seconds into the game, Johnson handed out the first of his seven assists on the afternoon when he fed Lucas Petricone-Berg (Nyack, N.Y.) for his first of two tallies just 34 seconds later.
Ten seconds later the game was 3-0 in favor of the hosts when Ryan Celaj (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) connected with Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) and moments later Johnson hooked up with Kyle Elkins (Stow, Mass.) for another score.
The Lions got on the board when Cameron Radenberg assisted on a Jared Brush marker at 10:19.
Clark closed the quarter with four more goals beginning with tallies from Andrew Myhre (Middlebury, Vt.) and Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) – both on assists from Johnson - and then Rasco returned the favor with help on Johnson's score before King closed out the frame with another.
That four goal quarter finish was actually part of a run that saw Clark score 11 straight goals that included Johnson's record-breaking assist on a Rasco tally with 3:27 left in the first half. That assist eclipsed the old record of 114 set from 1997-2000 by Joe Figler – a former teammate of current Clark head coach Jeff Cohen.
Other goals during that run that saw the Cougar defense hold the Lions without a goal in both the second and third quarters, included two tallies from Jack Goracy (West Islip, N.Y.), two more from Rasco and single scores from King and Petricone-Berg.
Emerson ended their more than 40 minute scoring drought when Jack Markwordt recorded a man-up strike early in the fourth and then the two teams traded scores with Connor Morris (Vancouver, B.C.) finding the back of the net for Clark and Radenberg for the Lions.
Bailey Kennedy made 12 stops for the Lions.
Inside The Boxscore:
Clark controlled the stat sheet in nearly every category, including out shooting the visitors 56-21.
In addition to Johnson's big afternoon, Rasco totaled a career-best four goals, while King recorded his eighth hat trick of the season.