-Score: Clark University 9, Skidmore College 8
-Records: Clark (8-6), Skidmore (3-10)
-Location: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Wachenheim Field)
-The Lead: The Clark University men's lacrosse team battled to a 9-8 final victory over the Thoroughbreds of Skidmore College on the road on Wednesday evening. The victory is just the second for the Cougars over eight meetings between the two teams since 2011.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark opened up scoring at the 12 minute mark when senior Jack Pierce (Westborough, Mass.) put in an unassisted tally for the 1-0 lead. Skidmore tied the game with just a minute remaining in the first quarter when junior Garret Munck (McKinney, Tex.) dished the ball to his classmate Will Lukas (Longmeadow, Mass.) who evened the score to 1-1.
-The Thoroughbreds outscored the Cougars 3-2 in the second stanza. Junior Ward Mahoney (Wellesley, Mass.) gave the hosts the 2-1 lead just over two minutes into play but Clark responded with a goal from junior Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.), assisted by first year Sawyer Kindel (Olympic Valley, Calif.), to tie the game for the second time, 2-2. Skidmore put in back-to-back goals at the 8:37 mark and 5:11 mark from seniors Eric Megnia (West Barnstable, Mass.) and Nick DeBlasio (Saunderstown, R.I.) for the 4-2 advantage. The Cougars took advantage of a man-up opportunity with 4:12 to play when junior Andrew Hollerbach (West Hartford, Conn.) found junior Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) to bring them within one heading into the halftime break, 4-3.
-Clark used two goals in under a minute from Philbin to regain the lead at the start of the third quarter, 5-4. Sophomore Jason Shlonsky (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) found the back of the net for Skidmore at the 12:34 mark to tie the game at 5-5. The Cougars used goals from sophomore Jacob Brandes (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and first year Graham Van (Ponte Verda, Fla.) to pull ahead 7-5 heading into the final 15 minutes.
-Skidmore put in two goals in the opening seven minutes of the fourth quarter to tie the game for the fifth time (7-7). Clark responded with two goals of their own from Pierce and Hollerbach to regain the two-point lead with just 5:04 to play. Skidmore got one more goal from Megnia at the 3:17 mark but Clark held on for the final 9-8 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBER
-Philbin led Clark offensively with three points from three goals in the victory. Hollerbach added three points from his goal and two assists while Pierce finished the day with two goals for the Cougars.
-Phiblin was 9-for-11 in face-offs and first year Mark Zito (Lincoln, R.I.) finished 8-for-9 as the Cougars dominated in 17-of-20 face-offs. Philbin also finished with a team-high eight ground balls and senior Sam Luz (Framingham, Mass.) earned three caused turnovers on defense for Clark.
-Megnia led Skidmore with three goal in the setback while Munck and Lukas each finished with three points from one goal and two assists.
-Senior Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) made an impressive 15 saves in net to secure the victory for Clark and improves to 8-6 on the season.
-Senior goalkeeper, Tim Rahill (Wellesley, Mass.) falls to 3-10 on the season and made 15 saves in net for Skidmore.
-Clark travels to Babson College on Saturday, April 20th for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game at 3:00 p.m.
-Skidmore is back in action on Saturday when they travel to Bard College for a 3:00 p.m. contest.