POTSDAM - A strong stand by the Clarkson University Lacrosse defense in the final minutes preserved a 13-12 victory for the Golden Knights over SUNY Oswego in non-league action at Hantz Turf Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Golden Knights improved their record to 6-3 overall. The Green and Gold resume Liberty League play on Saturday when they travel to Schenectady to battle Union in a 5 p.m. contest.
Clarkson overcame a slow start to the second half against Oswego (6-2) and shut down the Lakers late in regulation to win its second straight game. Coming off two straight scores to make it a one-goal game at 13-12, Oswego controlled possession in the final two minutes, but the Knights did not allow the Lakers a shot on goal, and then sealed the win when sophomore defenseman J.D. St. Croix (Camillus, NY) forced an Oswego turnover with six seconds to play and picked up the ground ball to run out the clock.
After battling to a 1-1 first-quarter tie, the Knights seemed to take a comfortable 6-2 lead into the half. Oswego, however, rattled off five straight goals to start the second half to take a 7-6 lead with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter. Just seven seconds after the Lakers took the lead, however, sophomore Robert Linder (Marcellus, NY) answered back to tie the game, starting a three-goal Clarkson run.
Knotted at seven apiece to start the fourth quarter, The Knights went back on top with two quick goals by sophomores Corey Herrington (Camillus, NY) and Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) 28 seconds apart less than two minutes into the quarter to give the Green and Gold a 9-7 lead. Oswego outscored the Knights 5-4 down the stretch, but could not pull even.
Senior Brendon Shearin (Goffstown, NH), who scored three times in the opening 30 minutes, finished with a team-high four goals. Gold, who connected for the deciding goal with 6:33 remaining, giving Clarkson a 13-10 lead, tallied three goals and one assist. Linder also posted three goals. Senior Matt McCabe (Syracuse, NY), who recorded a game-high three assists, scored one goal along with Herrington and sophomore Mark Nortz (Lowville, NY).
Jimmy Gordon led the Oswego offense with four goals and two assists. Connor Khammar tallied three times for the Lakers, while Cody Hoose added two scores for the visitors.
Clarkson held a 35-24 shot advantage and controlled ground balls 30-25. Senior Ryan Cole (Orchard Park, NY) posted six saves, while Bryan Martin made nine stops in the Oswego net.
Sophomore Dylan Broomfield (Clinton, NY) was solid again on face offs, winning 14 while picking up a game-high 10 ground balls. St. Croix recorded six ground balls and caused three turnovers.
CLARKSON BASEBALL SPLITS PAIR
In Poughkeepie, the Clarkson University baseball team bounced back from a tough 2-1 extra-inning loss in the first game to post a 4-0 decision in the second against Liberty League rival Vassar on Wednesday.
In the opening game, Pete Roma picked up the win for Clarkson, pitching the first five innings and giving up only two hits while striking out six Brewers. Jarrod Mattingly walked one and alowed a hit in two innings of scoreless relief,
Senior Lawrence Flicker was tagged with the loss going three innings with four hits and two runs.
The Knights got the only run they would need in the top of the third where Kyle Henchey doubled home Bobby Derico. Greg Jasek came around to score on a passed ball in the fourth inning to make it 2-0 before sealing the win with a pair of runs in the sixth where David Wixted scored in front of a double-play and John Coleman scored on a throwing error.
In the opening game, the Knights finally broke through to gain the lead in the top of the seventh, but a run by Vassar in the bottom half of the inning forced extra frames and the host came away with the victory in 11 innings.
After a harmless top half of the first, Clarkson threatened in the next five innings with runners in scoring position each time, including three times with less than two outs. Without the benefit of a hit, the Knights broke through in the top of the seventh inning. Following a fly out, Scott Morrissey (Troy, NY) reached base on a walk and Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) pushed Morrissey into scoring position after a dropped pop up. After a strikeout, Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY) walked to load the bases, and Tim Beninati (Schoharie, NY) gained a run batted in by walking.
The lead would be shortlived, however, as Vassar scored in the bottom half of the inning. A leadoff single and an error put men on first and third with no one out. A sacrifice fly from AJ Kim tied the game up and Clarkson was able to wiggle out of the jam. It wasnt until the 11th inning that the game finally concluded, as Dave Robbins hit a one-out single down the line to give Vassar a walk-off victory.
Senior Bryan Chudy (Goshen, NY) allowed just a single unearned run in six innings, striking out five and allowing five hits in that time. Jasek (Chittenango, NY) followed up with four innings of one-hit ball, whiffing three and walking none. Clarkson had eight hits in the game, with Wixted, Morrissey, Jasek, and Connor Martin (Baldwinsville, NY) each recording two.
SLU LAXMEN BEAT PLATTSBURGH
Jeremy Vautour scored four goals and assisted on another as the Saints (6-3) defeated SUNY Plattsburgh in a non-league matchup under the light at Hall-Leet Field.
Davey Hovey, Mac Johnson, Tucker Garfield, Justin Ingram, Josh Robinson, Malcolm Lynch and Garrett Gagne also scored for SLU.
Brett McClelland and Nick Travers each produced two goals for the Cardinals (8-3). Tim Lawrence, Brendan Damm, Tom Duggan and Anthony Pafundi also scored for SUNY Plattsburgh.
CANTON LAXMEN FALL
The SUNY Canton mens lacrosse team saw their three-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday as they lost to Mount Saint Marys College 17-6 at the RPI campus in Troy.
Sophomores Jason Thompson (Massena, N.Y.) and Taylor Caswell (Potsdam, N.Y.) led the Roos (4-4) with two goals apiece.
Freshman Zarrien Sloan (Waterloo, N.Y.) and senior Rob Gleason (Vestal, N.Y.) had one goal and one assist each, and junior Corey Spuck (Rochester, N.Y.) made 12 saves in goal.
Andrew Pullen led Mount Saint Marys with six goals, and Jake Robison added four goals and one assist.
The Roos return to action on April 13 when they play at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt.
CANTON BASEBALL POSTPONED
The single baseball game scheduled for Wednesday at Hamilton College was postoned. The game has been re-scheduled for Monday, April 25 at 4 p.m.