-Score: John Fisher College 12, Clark University 10
-Records: Clark (3-2), Saint John Fisher (3-1)
-Location: Clearwater, Fla. (Joe Dimaggio Sport Complex)
-The Lead: The Clark University men's lacrosse team fell to the Cardinals of Saint John Fisher College on Saturday afternoon and finished their week in Florida with a 1-1 record while improving to 3-2 overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark took an early 2-0 lead when they capitalized off turnovers when Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) and Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) both scored goals under the three minute mark of the first quarter, both being just 19 seconds apart. However, Zach Wagner ripped a shot past the goalkeeper to bring Fisher back within one two minutes later.
-The Cougars added two more with two more goals from Mandracchia and King at the 7:32 and 6:30 marks to push their lead to 4-1. Two minutes later, Wagner tallied his second of the quarter off a feed from Nicholas Miller on the man-up advantage to cut the lead to two to end the first 15 minutes.
-Clark was then able to capture the first goal of the second quarter four minutes in at the 11:06 minute mark to put them ahead 5-2 on a tally from King. However, the Cardinals did not falter and in turn rattled off five consecutive goals in the quarter completely taking over the momentum of the game.
-Jake Riley started the rally with his first of the game, followed by senior Andrew Rosso just a minute later. TJ VanDeusen tied the game up at five with a goal from the right side of the cage. Freshman Jacob Risavi joined the party with a goal assisted by VanDeusen that gave the Cardinals a 6-5 advantage. The freshman wasn't done however, Risavi put one in on the man-up advantage to push the Fisher lead to 7-5.
-Clark did not end the half quietly though, the Cougars put two goals past goalkeeper Justin Townsend just 14 seconds apart to ensure both teams went into the halftime break tied up at seven apiece.
-The Cougars again started the third quarter with the first mark on the scoreboard three and a half minutes into the third with another goal from King. Townsend and the Cardinal defense however stood tall for the remainder of the quarter and shutdown the Cougars.
-Rosso notched his second of the game which brought the game back to a 9-9 deadlock. Miller did not let the tie last long though, the freshman scored his second of the game 38 seconds after the Rosso tally, to give Fisher the 10-9 lead heading into the fourth and final quarter.
-This time, Fisher was the first to put a goal on the scoreboard in the quarter. Miller posted his second of the game exactly two minutes into the final 15, giving the Cardinals a two goal cushion. Rosso was not done scoring however, the senior notched his hat-trick goal with just over three minutes remaining in the game. The defense again was on lockdown, and was able to only allow one late goal to insure the ultimate 12-10 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-King led the cougars with six points from six goals on the day. Madracchia added two goals and Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) added a goal in the setback.
-Rosso led the Cardinals to victory with three points from three goals. Wagner added three points with two goals and an assist.
-Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) posted 14 saves in the setback and falls to 3-2 this season.
-Townsend was credited with his third victory of the season, as the senior finished with five saves.
-Clark travels to Western New England to take on the Golden Bears on Saturday, March 17th at 1:00 p.m.