-Score: Clark University 12, Catholic University 7
-Records: Clark (3-1), Catholic (4-3)
-Location: Clearwater, Fla. (Phillip Jones Stadium)
-The Lead: The Clark University men's lacrosse team ran to a 12-6 victory over the Cardinals of Catholic University in their first game down south on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) scored a game high four goals to lead the Cougars to victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-After a back-and-forth first half, Clark used a strong second stanza, including a 3-0 third quarter to seal the win.
-Sophomore Mark Tocchio scored the first goal of the game for Catholic, but Clark scored with six seconds left when senior Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) found junior Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) to make it a tie game after one.
-The Cougars went on to score two-straight to open the second. King fed the ball to Will Mandracchia who put it away for the 2-1 lead and Rasco fired one to the back of the net for the 3-1 lead at the 12:05 mark. Senior Bennett Bradley got one back for the Cardinals to end the run. Clark again had back-to-back scores in just over a minute when Will Mandracchia tallied his second goal of the game on a man-up opportunity and senior Will Roberts (Paxton, Mass.) added a goal to put the Cougars ahead 5-2. Catholic's Tocchio found senior Daniel Cannon with under a minute to play in the first to make it 5-3.
-Clark found its groove in the third with another goal from King and two from Rasco and opened the fourth period with a goal to extend their run to 4-0 and make it a 9-3 lead.
-Senior Liam Clancy then scored two-straight for Catholic to cut it to a four-goal lead, but Catholic could get no closer.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Will Mandracchia led Clark with five points from two goals and three assists. Rasco earned four points from four goals and King added four points from three goals and an assist. Sophomore Owen Lamerson (Greenlawn, N.Y.) added a game high four assists for Clark.
-Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) was 9-for-15 in face-offs and collected a game high six ground balls.
-Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) made eight saves in the win for Clark and improves to 3-1 this season.
-Clancy, Bradley and Cannon all finished with two-goal games while Tocchio (goal, assist) and freshman Patrick Silverman (two assists) joined them with multi-point games.
-Alex Mulyk made nine saves in the setback for Catholic and falls to 4-3 this season
-Clark takes on Saint John Fisher College on Saturday, March 10th at 12:00 p.m. in Clearwater, Fla. at Phillip Jones Stadium.