Fourth Quarter Rally Lifts Clark to First Victory Over Springfield, 14-12

Fourth Quarter Rally Lifts Clark to First Victory Over Springfield, 14-12

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 14, Springfield College 12

-Records: Clark (10-6, NEWMAC 5-1), Springfield (7-9, NEWMAC 4-2)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)

-The Lead: The Clark University men's lacrosse team battled to their first ever victory over the Pride of Springfield College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Wednesday night at Granger Field. Trailing by three after the third quarter, the Cougars lit up the final 15 minutes of play, outscoring the Pride 6-1 en route to the final 14-12 victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-Clark got on the board first when junior Owen Lamerson (Greenlawn, N.Y.) carried the ball up the right and found senior Jack Pierce (Westborough, Mass.) open on the left who found room between the legs to Springfield senior goalkeeper, Cole Finerty (Kensington, N.H.) for the 1-0 lead at the 12:55 mark.

-The Pride responded at the 11:36 mark with a goal from junior Joe Hawley (Poulsbo, Wash.) assisted by senior Cameron Glover (Brunswick Maine). The visitors rallied for two more goals, one from junior Kyle Murakami (South Burlington, Vt.) and one from senior Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.), to take a 3-1 advantage with 9:27 on the clock.

-With just under seven minutes on the clock, Finerty came out of the net to collect a pass from first year Connor Roberts (Somers, Conn.) but the ball came loose at the 25-yard line and senior Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) was there to scoop it up and fire it to the back of the net to bring the Cougar's within one (3-2).

-Springfield junior Joseph Cameron (Stoneham, Mass.) won the next face-off and Murakami used the possession as he carried the ball from the back of the net to the left post and fired the ball through a sea of Clark defenders for the 4-2 lead. Clark came right back with a goal when Lamerson found first year Jacob Brydson (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) who dodged a Springfield defender and snuck a shot into the bottom left corner at the 5:45 mark (4-3). The Pride put in an unassisted goal from first year Zachary Schuette (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) before the buzzer to take a 5-3 lead heading into the second stanza.

-The Cougars kicked off the second quarter with another goal within the first three minutes of play. Junior Jack Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) took the ball to the back left side of the net and dished it to junior Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) who rolled around the right post and launched it top left shelf to pull the hosts back within one (5-4).

-After six minutes of scoreless play sophomore Patrick Watson (Franklin, Mass.) dished the ball to Hawley who was cutting middle from the left post, collected the pass and turned around to find space behind the stick of Clark goalkeeper, Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) for the 6-4 lead.

-Junior Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) won the next face-off for the Cougars and helped himself to a diving goal to bring the hosts within one at the 5:48 mark (6-5). With 4:04 on the clock Clark tied the game when Mandracchia passed the ball over the net to King who caught and released the ball in the air to the back left corner of the net (6-6). Philbin came up with the face-off again and barreled down the right side and let a shot fly to give Clark the lead back with just under four minutes to go in the second (7-6).

-The Cougars extended their lead to two when they forced a turnover by the Pride at midfield and Lamerson got a pass off to sophomore Jacob Brandes (Chappaqua, N.Y.) who buried one behind Finerty for the 8-6 advantage. Springfield used an unassisted goal from senior Cole Pecora (North Haven, Conn.) to bring them within one before the halftime break, 8-7.

-The Pride outscored Clark 4-0 in the third stanza to claim an 11-8 lead before the final 15 minutes.

-The Cougars came out of the gates firing in the fourth quarter with six straight goals to pull ahead by three with just five minutes to play, 14-11. King and Rasco added two goals each in the rally to lift the Cougar's to the final 14-12 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Maselek came up with 13 crucial saves in net for the Cougars and improves to 9-5 on the season with the victory.

-Finerty falls to 6-9 overall as he made 15 stops in net for the Pride.

-King led Clark offensively with four goals in the victory, Mandracchia finished the night with four points from three goals and an assist while Philbin added a pair of goals and an assist for Clark. Rasco contributed three goals and Lamerson added three assists.

-Philbin finished 12-for-19 in face-offs and collected a game-high nine ground balls. Senior Timothy Hally (Shrewsbury, Mass.) secured two caused turnovers on defense for the Cougars.

-Schuette led the Pride with three points from two goals and an assist in the setback. Cameron finished 12-for-22 in face-offs with a team-leading seven ground balls.

-The Cougars finished with 37 groundballs while Springfield picked up 35 and the two teams split in face-offs, both winning 15-of-30.

UP NEXT

-Clark is back at home on Saturday, April 27th when they host MIT in NEWMAC action at 6:00 p.m.

-Springfield travels to Wheaton on Saturday, April 27th for a conference contest at 1:00 p.m.