POTSDAM - Clarkson University raced out to a 7-0 lead, but needed a last second save to secure an 8-7 win over the SUNY Potsdam mens lacrosse team (1-1) at Maxcy Turf Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore midfielder Matthew Gold (Pittsford, N.Y.) led the Golden Knights with four goals and junior midfielder Robbie Ashlaw (North Syracuse, N.Y.) paced the Bears with three goals and an assist.
Junior midfielder Jeff Sciera (DeWitt, N.Y.) opened the scoring at the 11:10 mark of the first quarter and senior midfielder Matt McCabe (Syracuse, N.Y.) doubled the score 58 seconds later.
Gold notched the next three goals and sophomore Corey Herrington (Camillus, N.Y.) capped the early run at 4:09. Potsdam called timeout after the final goal and the Bears responded. Potsdams defense and senior goalie Stefan Sloma (Niskayuna, N.Y.) shutdown the Golden Knights for the next 27:58.
After a scoreless second quarter, Gold connected with Herrington for a man-up goal and a 7-0 lead with 6:11 remaining in the third. Senior midfielder Pat Morrill (Webster, N.Y.) finally got the Bears on the board at 4:47, igniting a 5-0 run. Junior midfielder Derek Frost (Buffalo, N.Y.) set up junior attack Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y.) for a man-up goal just over three minutes later Potsdam trailed 7-2 after 45 minutes.
Junior midfielder Jeff Seager (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) scored another man-up goal with an assist from Ashlaw just over midway through the final quarter. Morrill notched his second on a high shot with 5:35 left. Ashlaw capped the run with a helper from Seager at 3:33 to make it a
7-5 contest. Golden Knight junior attack Peter Goss (Jamesville,
N.Y.) appeared to put Potsdam away with a goal at 1:54, but the Bears answered quickly. Just 43 seconds later, Ashlaw cut the gap to 8-6 and with 34 seconds left he walked in on Clarkson senior goalie Ryan Cole (Orchard Park, N.Y.) to close to within one. Bears junior midfielder Jared Flath (Dexter, N.Y.) scooped up the ensuing faceoff, muscled his way in front of the goal and fired a shot.
Cole reacted quickly at point blank range, getting a stick on the ball and covering up the rebound before it crossed the goal line with 17 seconds left to preserve the victory.
Cole finished with 14 saves for Clarkson. Sloma stopped a career-high 19 shots in a strong performance for the Bears. The Golden Knights outshot Potsdam 39-34, but the Bears held a 31-25 edge over the final three quarters, including a 14-7 advantage in the final 15 minutes. Clarkson finished with a 36-23 advantage in ground balls and 13-6 in faceoffs. Both teams were 2-4 in extra-man opportunities.
Potsdam looks to bounce back with a non-conference battle at Harwick on Saturday at 1 p.m.
SLU LAXMEN FALL
The Bowdoin College mens lacrosse team gave first-year coach Jason Archbell his first career win as head coach in a 9-6 victory over St. Lawrence in a game played at Georgetown University on Wednesday night.
Up 4-3 at halftime, Bowdoin found themselves down 6-4 after three periods. The Polar Bears were able to rally, however, to score the final five goals of the contest - including a back-breaking goal in the fourth quarter from Billy Bergner off a clean faceoff win by Rob Talcott and feed from Will Wise- to clinch the victory.
19th-ranked Bowdoin moves to 1-1 this season while St. Lawrence falls to 2-2. The Saints will host Middlebury next Tuesday at 5 p.m. while Bowdoin will return to action against NESCAC foe Amherst on Saturday at Brown University.
SLU BASEBALL PREVAILS
St. Lawrence Universitys baseball team had another big day at the plate, scoring in every inning but the last, and a trio of Saint pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout in a 16-0 win over Pitt-Bradford in Ft. Myers, FL on Wednesday.
The Saints, now 2-3 on their southern trip, jumped out to a 7-0 lead through two innings and coasted to the win. Brian Magovney had a three run double in the first and singled home another run in the second. Paul Fiatelli went three for six and scored three runs while designated hitter Matt DeLuca was two for three and drove in two runs. Zane Fish, Jeff Kott and Mark Syron also had two hits each in the win as the Saints hammered seven Pitt-Bradford pitchers for 16 hits.
Junior Chris Kellogg earned the win, going six innings and allowing four hits with three strikeouts. Eric McGuire pitched one scoreless inning and Frank Grady wrapped it up with two innings of one-hit ball, striking out four.
The Saints return to action in Florida this afternoon against St. Josephs College at 1 p.m.
SLU LAXWOMEN WIN
The St. Lawrence University womens lacrosse team won its second straight game on Wednesday, defeating Keene State by the score of 11-6 in West Palm Beach, FL. Four Saints had multi-goal games, including senior Brigid Hurleys hat trick.
St. Lawrence improves to 2-1 after outshooting Keene State, 25-16. The Owls (1-3) struggled in transition, completing only 11-of-18 clears while the Saints were 15-of-16. Adden Cunningham picked up the win in net with six saves, while Erin Taylor made 12 stops in the loss for Keene State.
Co-captain Stephanie ORourke, Carly VanTassel and Michaela Maybee also added two goals each for the Scarlet and Brown. Maybee also had a team-high four ground balls along with co-captain Holly Noyes. Eliza Witherbee and Lauren Brown each scored twice for Keene State.
Maybee and VanTassel scored goals only :42 seconds apart in the opening two minutes of the game, and though Brown answered for Keene State, a three-goal run put St. Lawrence ahead 5-1 only 7:02 into regulation. VanTassel, Maybee and ORourke helped their team to a four goal advantage.
Keene State would pull back to within two at 5-2 after goals by Brown and Polly Grey, but a goal with only :17 seconds left in the half by Hurley would shift the momentum back in St. Lawrences favor, up 6-3 at half.
The Saints would build on that momentum in the second half, rattling off four straight goals to take a 10-3 lead. Noyes, co-captain Joey Kelley, ORourke and Hurley would push the advantage to seven with 19:47 remaining. Though the Owls would score three of the games final four goals, St. Lawrence would coast to the 11-6 win.
Noyes added a pair of assists for the Saints, while VanTassel and Mackenzie Collins each had one helper.
St. Lawrence will play its final game of the spring trip this morning against Becker at 11 a.m.