Second Half Surge Lifts St. John Fisher to Victory Over Men's Lacrosse

Second Half Surge Lifts St. John Fisher to Victory Over Men's Lacrosse

THE BASICS

-Score: St. John Fisher 17, Clark University 6

-Records: Clark (1-3), St. John Fisher (4-0)

-Location: Clearwater, Fla.

-The Lead: The Clark University men's lacrosse team wrapped up their Spring Break trip on Saturday afternoon with a setback to the Cardinals of St. John Fisher College in non-conference action in Clearwater, Florida. After Clark led for much of the first half, the Cardinals rallied back with 10 unanswered goals in the second half to secure the victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-Fisher first year, Ian Evans (Jamesville) got the game's scoring started as the freshman scored his 13th of the season at the 10:30 mark. Clark would rally and answer with three-consecutive goals over the next four minutes of game-time, giving them a 3-1 advantage. Sophomore Jacob Brandes (Chappaqua, N.Y.), junior Owen Lamerson (Greenlawn, N.Y.), and senior Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) all tallied goals in the rally.

- As the first quarter was coming to a close, sophomore Nicholas Miller (Ithaca) found the back of the net for his 14th of the season, while the Cougars quickly answered back and earned a 4-2 lead on a tally from sophomore Mark DellaTorre (Bethany, Conn.).

- Fisher was once again the first team on the scoreboard in the second period as sophomore Jack Mulvihill (Dewitt) ripped a shot off of a pass from Evans, pulling the Cardinals to within one.

-The Cougars extended their lead back to two with a goal from first year Thomas McCarthy (York, Maine) off an assist from junior Jack Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.).

-The Cardinals pushed forward and scored four of the game's next five goals heading into the halftime break. Freshman Jordan Depetres (Hilton) found the back of the net twice, while Evans and firs year Tucker O'Donnell (Truxton) also tallied goals, putting Fisher ahead 7-6 at the game's midway point.

-Sophomore Roger Panara (Canadaigua) got the goal scoring started in the second half as the midfielder was able to take the ball the length of the field and laser a shot to the left corner of the goal, giving the Cardinals a two-goal lead.

-After a 20-minute sprinkler delay on the field, the Cardinal defense gave the offense some momentum by causing a handful of turnovers, that led to four more goals before time expired in the third quarter. Goal scorers in the third quarter included Miller, O'Donnell, senior Chance Gates (Irving), and senior Zach Wagner (Elbridge).

-Heading into the fourth and final quarter leading 12-6, the Fisher defense continued its strong play holding the Cougars to only six shots in the final period.

-The offense continued its dominance as well and were able to find the back of the net five more times before the final horn sounded. Goal scorers in the fourth quarter included Evans, Depetres, Gates, Miller, and senior Alex Hunt (Cazenovia).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Brandes finished with a team-leading two goals for Clark while DellaTorre finished with one goal and an assist.

-Evans finished with a game-high eight points in the win, finishing with two goals and five assists for the Cardinals.

-As a team, the Cardinals caused 19 turnovers and grabbed 45 ground balls, while being successful on 23 of 24 clear attempts throughout the game. Joe Post (Canandaigua) won 10 face offs on the day and also grabbed a team-high eight ground balls.

-Clark finished with six caused turnovers and 31 ground balls. They won 15-of-27 face-offs with junior Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) finishing 12-for-18 with a team-high six ground balls. The Cougars were successful in 18-of-22 face-off attempts.

-Senior Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) finished with nine saves as he falls to 1-3 this season.

-Darin Eakins (Hamburg, Germany) grabbed 10 saves in the victory for Fisher and improved to 4-0 on the season.

UP NEXT

-Clark heads back to Worcester, Mass. from Florida and travels to Wesleyan on Wednesday, March 13th for a non-conference contest at 4:00 p.m.

-Fisher returns to action on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. when they travel to The College at Brockport for another non-conference matchup.