Men's Lacrosse Battles to NEWMAC Victory Over Buccaneers, 12-10

Men's Lacrosse Battles to NEWMAC Victory Over Buccaneers, 12-10

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 12, Massachusetts Maritime Academy 10

-Records: Clark (5-6, NEWMAC 1-1), Mass. Maritime (4-4, NEWMAC 0-2)

-Location: Buzzards Bay, Mass. (Clean Harbors Stadium)

-The Lead: The Clark University men's lacrosse team used six final quarter goals to clinch a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over the Buccaneers of Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Wednesday evening. The game saw four ties including a 10-10 score with just 4:08 left in the game before the Cougars rallied together for two more goals for the 12-10 final victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-Clark got on the board within the first few seconds of play when junior Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) won the first face off and took it to goal on his own for the 1-0 advantage. Just two minutes later first year Steve Caione (Wingdale, N.Y.) helped himself to an unassisted goal for the 2-0 lead with 12:02 on the clock.

-In a man-up situation, junior Owen Lamerson (Greenlawn, N.Y.) collected the ball in the top left corner and found his classmate Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) posted up in front of the net who quickly released the ball to the back of the net to put the Cougars ahead, 3-0.

-Junior Jack Madracchia (Melrose, Mass.) dished the ball from the right post to Philbin who launched the ball from about 25 yards out to the top right shelf at the 10:01 mark for the 4-0 lead.

-With 4:13 on the clock in the first period the Buccaneers capitalized on a turnover by the Cougars when senior Ted Powers (Marshfield, Mass.) took a shot that was originally saved by Clark goalkeeper, Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.), but junior Benjamin Avakian (Bourne, Mass.) collected the rebound still in the air and found space around Maselek (4-1). Just over a minute later they cut their deficit in half when sophomore Trey Guerrini (Foxboro, Mass.) found his classmate Alexandre Lucas (Walpole, Mass.) to pull the hosts within two with 3:05 on the clock (4-2).

-Less than a minute later sophomore Colby Unterstein (Ellington, Conn.) found Avakian open at the top left and he fired a shot under the left side of Maselek to bring the Buccaneers within one before the buzzer. Clark held on to a 4-3 lead heading into the second stanza.

-Three minutes into the second period the hosts tied the game when a shot by Avakian ricocheted off the post onto the knees of junior Michael O'Brien (Marshfield, Mass.) and bounced to the back of the net with 11:59 on the clock (4-4).

-On Clark's next possession, junior Andrew Hollerbach (West Hartford, Conn.) took the ball behind the net and found Rasco cutting through the middle who dropped it in behind Mass. Maritime goalkeeper, Michael Dolan (McLean, Va.), to put the Cougars back on top, 5-4, with 11:08 on the clock.

-With under a minute on the clock Avakian beat a Clark defender on the left side and took Maselek 1v1 before sneaking the ball into the bottom left corner to tie the game 5-5 heading into the halftime break.

-Mass. Maritime took their first lead of the game when Lucas fired one at the 13:13 mark after the break (6-5).

-Avakian found himself open at the 25 yard line and wound up for the two-point lead for the hosts at the 8:50 mark, 7-5. Clark responded just 40 seconds later when Caione dished the ball to Philbin who was off his right shoulder and launched it to the bottom left post (7-6). Avakian put in his fifth goal of the game before the end of the third period when he swung the ball to the back of the net as he was falling around the crease for the 8-6 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes.

-The Cougars got one back just two minutes into the fourth stanza when first year Noah Skole (Longmeadow, Mass.) ripped a shot that was saved by Dolan, but Rasco was there to grab the rebound and direct it to the back of the net to bring the visitors within one (8-7). The Buccaneers wasted no time answering back with a goal from Lucas at the 11:25 mark to go ahead 9-7.

-With 7:03 on the clock Lamerson held the ball on the right post and dished it to Skole on the left post who poked it in to bring the Cougars within one. Philbin won the next face off, took it down the right lane, and fired it in to tie the game at 9-9 with 6:50 on the clock.

-Lucas fought his way through the Cougar defense and found the back of the net to put the Baccaneers back up by one with 5:15 to play (10-9). Clark responded a minute later when Mandracchia started behind the net and rolled his way around the crease to give himself room for the tying goal (10-10).

-After a Clark timeout senior Sam Wogan (Freeport, Maine) passed the ball to Pierce who helped the visitors regain the lead when he snuck the ball under Dolan for the 11-10 advantage with 3:05 on the clock. With 1:45 to play Mandracchia made another move around the crease and netted his second goal of the game to give Clark a two-point lead and the 12-10 final victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Philbin led the Cougars offense with four goals and finished 13-for-15 in face-offs with a game-high 11 ground balls. Mandracchia added three points from two goals and an assist in the victory while Rasco finished with three goals on the night.

-Avakian led Mass. Maritime with five goals while Lucas added five points from four goals and an assist in the setback. Powers picked up a team-high four ground balls for the Buccaneers.

-Maselek made five saves in 36:47 of play and moves to 5-6 on the season. Senior Thomas Berzok (East Brunswick, N.J.) came in for the final 23:13 and made four saves for the Cougars.

-Dolan falls to 4-4 on the season and made 14 saves in net for the Buccaneers.

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts Emerson College in NEWMAC action for Senior Day on Saturday, April 6th at 1:00 p.m.

-The Buccaneers host MIT on the same day in a conference contest at 7:00 p.m.