Cougars Cruise Past Lions, 16-5

Cougars Cruise Past Lions, 16-5


-Score: Clark University 16, Emerson College 5

-Records: Clark (6-4, NEWMAC 1-1), Emerson (5-5, NEWMAC 0-2)

-Location: Boston, Mass. (Rotch Field)

-The Lead: The Clark University Men's Lacrosse team dominated their way to a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over the Lions of Emerson College on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars put up 27 shots on goal in the victory.


-Clark posted five goals in the first seven minutes of play for the early 5-0 lead. Sophomore Owen Lamerson (Greenlawn, N.Y.)  got things started with an unassisted goal at the 13:32 mark and his classmate Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) followed up with a goal just a minute later for the 2-0 lead. Just seconds later junior Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) found sophomore Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) who found space behind Emerson's goalkeeper (3-0). Freshman Mark DellaTorre (Bethany, Conn) and Rasco added two more for the Cougars and took the 5-0 lead with 8:09 to play in the first quarter.

-The Lions broke up the visitor's run with a goal from junior Cameron Radenberg (Los Angeles, Calif.) with 7:31 to play. First year Joe Meyers (Carmel, N.Y.) fired one in just 30 seconds later to bring Emerson within three heading into the second quarter (5-2).

-Clark started the second on a 4-0 run. Lamerson started things off again when he found his way to the net at the 12:05 mark (6-2). King tallied his 30th goal of the season to give the Cougars a five point advantage with 10:43 on the clock and senior Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) followed up a minute later with another goal for the Cougars and the 8-2 lead. DellaTorre dished the ball to freshman Jacob Brandes (Chappaqua, N.Y.) who buried one at the back of the net (9-2). With just 45 seconds on the clock Will Mandracchia notched another goal to give the Cougars the 10-2 lead heading into the halftime break.

-Emerson scored first in the third quarter when Stevie Powers (Arlington, Mass.) snuck one by Clark netminder, Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.).

-The Cougars finished the quarter on a 3-0 run. Philbin tallied his second of the day at the 8:37 mark (11-3) and Lamerson was open again for his third goal of the game assisted by Rasco on a man-up opportunity for the 12-3 lead. Will Mandracchia fed Rasco the ball for his third goal of the game and the Cougars took a 10-point advantage heading into the final stanza (13-3).

-The Cougars added two more at the beginning of the fourth on goals from DellaTorre and Brandes but Emerson ended the run with an unassisted goal from Meyers at the 5:26 mark.

- Ryan Sheedy (Rowley, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal on an assist from Lamerson with 3:34 remaining to give Clark the 16-4 advantage.

-The Lions were able to score one more goal with a tally from Radenberg with 22 seconds remaining, but Clark took the final 16-5 victory.


-Clark outshot Emerson 46-29 (27-12 on goal)

-Clark won 14 face-offs, picked up 25 ground balls and were successful in 18 of 21 clear attempts. The Lions won 11 face-offs, collected 20 ground balls and made 12 of 15 clear attempts.

-The Cougars forced Emerson to turn the ball over 15 times.

-Rasco and Lamerson led the Cougars with three goals and an assist each. Maselek earned the victory in net and improves to 6-4 this season and 1-1 in the conference.


-Clark hosts Wheaton College for the Renny Classic (Alzheimer's Awareness Game) on Saturday, April 14th at 8:00 p.m.

-Emerson travels to the University of New England on April 11th for a 7:00 p.m. game.