Score: Clark University 5, Fitchburg State 1
Records: Clark University (6-4-3) Fitchburg State University (4-5-2)
Location: Fitchburg, Mass. (Elliot Field)
The Lead: Behind three first half goals, the Cougars of Clark University convincingly defeated the Falcons of Fitchburg State University 5-1 on Wednesday night at Elliott Field in Fitchburg, Mass. in a non-league matchup.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Cougars crashed the scoreboard first just four minutes into the match when sophomore Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) corralled a loose rebound in front of the net and potted his team-leading tenth goal of the year.
-The Cougars doubled the score in the 29th minute. Junior Jack Stark (Abington, Mass.) chipped a short pass over the Falcons defense to teammate Evan Jurkowski (Ludlow, Mass.) who rocketed a shot top shelf for his second goal of the season.
-Cougar freshman Alex Nicholson (Barrington, Mass.) made it 3-0 Clark in the 30th minute with an unassisted tally for his first collegiate goal.
-After intermission, the Falcons broke up the shutout in the 50th minute. Sophomore Hassan Koroma (Millbury, Mass.) spilt the Cougar defense and delivered a low shot that tucked inside the right post for his second of the season.
-Just five minutes later Clark pushed the lead back to three when Nicholson found classmate Patrick Clark (Plainville, Mass.) for the first goal of his career.
-Senior Isaac Smith (Baton Rouge, La.) added an insurance goal for the Cougars in the 89th minute for the 5-1 final victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Clark held the advantage in shots (18-13) and corners (5-3).
-Clark freshman Melvin Vincent (Rochester, Mass.) had four saves in 81 minutes of action for his second win of the season for the visitors, while Branton Abbett (Jasper, Ind.) turned back seven shots in the loss.
-Clark has won the previous 12 match-ups with Fitchburg State with the Falcons last win against the Cougars occurring on Oct. 25, 1994 (5-0).
-The Cougars travel to MIT on Saturday afternoon for a NEWMAC match-up at 1:00 p.m.
-The Falcons return to MASCAC play on Friday evening when they travel to Massachusetts Maritime Academy for a 6:00 p.m. tilt.