-Score: Clark University 13, Curry College 6
-Records: Clark (3-4), Curry (3-4)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)
-The Lead: Junior Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) scored nine out of the Cougars' 12 total goals to lead the Clark University men's lacrosse team over the Colonels of Curry College on Wednesday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Just under 30 seconds into play senior Jack Pierce (Westborough, Mass.) found Rasco open on the right side of the net. Rasco made a spin move to the front of the net and found space in the top left corner for the 1-0 lead. Four minutes later junior Jack Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) dished the ball from the right post to Rasco who was open on the right for his second goal of the game (2-0). Junior Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) won the next faceoff and junior Owen Lamerson (Greenlawn, N.Y.) found Rasco who lifted the ball to the top right shelf for the 3-0 lead.
-The Colonels got one back at the 9:11 mark when senior Kyle Lussier (Topsham, Maine) found his way in on the left post (3-1). The Cougars put up three more goals before the end of the first quarter. After senior Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) made a big save for the hosts, his classmate Tyler Sullivan (Brunswick, Maine) collected the ground ball, carried it the length of the field, and dished it to senior Sam Wogan (Freeport, Maine) who was about 10 yards out and drilled in his first goal of the game for the 4-1 lead. Another Pierce, Rasco combo gave Clark the 5-1 lead with 2:26 on the clock and Pierce earned his third assist of the day when he found junior Andrew Hollerbach (West Hartford, Conn.) for the 6-1 advantage before the buzzer.
-After nearly 14 scoreless minutes in the second quarter, Mandracchia took the ball from behind the net around to the left post and dished the ball to Rasco who was cutting down the middle and dropped it behind Curry's goalkeeper for the 7-1 lead heading into the halftime break.
-The Colonels opened up scoring in the third stanza when junior Kyle Ton (Norwich, Conn.) buried a shot from a tough angle on the right side (7-2). Rasco added his sixth goal of the game with 13:51 on the clock and Madracchia put the Cougars up by seven on a feed from senior Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) at the 9:59 mark. The Colonels rallied for two more goals in the third quarter on goals from senior Zach White (Milford, Conn.) and junior Jake Stebbins (Colchester, Vt.) as they trailed by five heading into the final 15 minutes.
-The Cougars outscored Curry 4-2 in the final quarter. Rasco started things off with his seventh goal of the game at the 11:46 mark and King got on the board on an assist from Hollerbach. Curry added two more to pull within five at the 5:22 mark but Rasco found time for two more goals of his own as the Cougars took the 13-6 final victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Rasco led all scorers with nine points from nine goals in the victory for Clark. Mandracchia finished with four points from one goal and three assists while Pierce finished with three assists. King and Hollerbach each tallied a goal and an assist in the win.
-Sophomore Matthew Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn.) led Curry with two points from a goal and an assist on the night.
-Philbin won 12-of-14 face-offs and sophomore Jacob Brandes (Chappaqua, N.Y.) won 7-of-9 as the Cougars finished 19-of-23 overall in face-offs.
-Philbin finished with a game-high seven ground balls while Lamerson grabbed four.
-The Cougars finished with 38 total ground balls while the Colonels finished with 16.
-Maselek earned the victory in net for the Cougars. He made eight saves and improves to 3-4 on the season. First year Ryan Mickelson (Mattawan, Mich.) made three saves in the second half of the game for Clark.
-Senior Josh Teller (Milford, Conn.) made 14 saves in net for Curry and falls to 2-2 on the season.
-Clark travels to Roger Williams University on Saturday, March 23rd for a non-conference contest at 4:00 p.m.
-Curry hits the road on Saturday, March 23rd when they travel to Endicott College for a Commonwealth Coast Conference matchup at 3:00 p.m.