Clarkson Hands RPI Second Loss this Week
from press release
POTSDAM, N.Y. - The Golden Knights tallied five goals in the first half and held the Engineers to just four goals in the second half as Clarkson defeated Rensselaer, 10-4 in Liberty League men's lacrosse action. With the victory, the homestanding Knights improve to 6-2 (1-1 LL), while the #15 Engineers fall to 7-2 overall (1-1 LL). Seven different players notched goals for Clarkson, led by two each from Brendon Shearin, Corey Herrington and Eric Gollands.
The home team got things going in the opening quarter, jumping out to a 3-0 lead over a five-minute span at the mid-way point. Matthew Gold got the scoring started at 11:10 and was quickly followed by Gollands less than two minutes later as he connected off a feed from Shearin. It would be Shearing with 6:18 to play that would give the Knights the lead. The second quarter saw Clarkson continue to pressure as Herrington scored past RPI keeper Alex Castronovo at 13:42 off a feed from Matt McCabe.
Gollands pushed the lead to five (5-0) with 2:06 left till halftime with his 13th of the season past Castronovo.
In the second half, Clarkson added a quick tally at 13:31 as Matt Cyr found the back of the net, but the visiting Engineers began to mount a comeback. Trailing by six (6-0), junior Brett Overend got RPI on the board with 10:50 as he connected on a pass from classmate David Hey. Late in the third quarter, junior Wes Rudy made it a 6-2 contest with 2:35 to play as he tallied his 10th of the season past Knights goalie Ryan Cole.
Shearin added his second of the game with 40 seconds left on the clock, but RPI senior Andrew Liptak cut the visitors' deficit to 7-3 at 19 seconds. In the final quarter, Engineers junior Mike Sarson tallied to make it a 7-4 lead for Clarkson with 13:48 remaining, but the home team sealed the game just 40 seconds later as McCabe scored. Clarkson added two goals over the final ten minutes of the game for the final margin.
Clarkson, which held a 39-25 shots advantage in the game, also led in ground balls by a 31-19 margin. Between the pipes, Cole earned the victory, stopping nine shots. Additionally, Shearin had an assist to go along with two goals for a game-high three points.
For the Engineers, who led in caused turnovers (10-6) and face-offs (13-5), starter James Manchester did not make any saves through the opening 8:42 before giving way to Castronovo, who stopped 20 shots in 51:18 of play.
Clarkson is back on the field on Wednesday when it hosts Potsdam State at 4pm. Rensselaer returns to action on Saturday, welcoming league-rival and #4 RIT to East Campus Stadium (1pm).