POTSDAM - Junior Corey Herrington (Camillus, NY) led the way offensively with three scores and classmate Harrison Washuta (Maple Grove, MN) back stopped the defense in goal with nine saves as the Clarkson University mens lacrosse team turned back crosstown rival SUNY Potsdam 9-8 under sunny skies at Hantz Turf Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The Golden Knights, who improved their record to 2-1, will now head south for two non-league games in Florida before opening Liberty League play at Rochester Institute of Technology on March 22. Now 2-1 as well, the Bears also have more than a week off before returning to action on Wednesday, March 19, on the road against SUNY Morrisville.
Clarkson started out strong to begin the game with consecutive goals by juniors Mark Nortz (Lowville, NY), Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) and Herrington for a 3-0 lead with six minutes left in the opening quarter. Potsdam (2-1) answered back with three straight goals to tie the contest early in the second quarter. The rivals then traded two goals apiece, with Herrington connecting both times for Clarkson, to close out the first half for a 5-5 score.
The Knights dominated the third quarter outscoring Potsdam 4-1 in the period for a 9-6 advantage after 45 minutes. Gold opened the half, scoring just 47 seconds in after a faceoff win by junior Dylan Broomfield (Clinton, NY). Freshman Ryan St. Croix (Camillus, NY) tallied both his goals in the third quarter, including the game-winner, while freshman Tyler Tomeny (Marcellus, NY) scored his first collegiate goal.
The Bears rallied in the final quarter with a pair of goals to make in a one-goal game with 3:43 remaining. Potsdam pushed to tie the game, but Washuta made a point-blank save on the Bears leading scorer, Jon Woodworth, with 1:21 left to keep Clarkson in the lead. The Knights controlled the ground ball and ran out the clock to preserve their seventh straight win over their crosstown rivals.
Clarkson held a slim edge in shots, 37-36 and controlled ground balls, 26-15.
Broomfield won 14-of-21 face-offs, including a 6-for-6 effort in the third quarter. Broomfield also led the Green and Gold in ground balls with seven. Sophomore Ben Paprocki (Baldwinsville, NY) picked up five.
Nortz finished with three points (1-2) for Clarkson.
Woodworth led Potsdam with three goals and five ground balls.
CANTON LAXWOMEN FALL
In a womens lacrosse matchup that featured several former area high school standouts played at Keuka Park, sophomore Megan Poupore of Massenascored three times including twice in the final 2:41 but a late comeback attempt by the womens lacrosse team fell just short, 11-9, on the road at Keuka College.
The Roos (0-1) scored the contests final three goals to get within two scores with just over a minute remaining. After Kaycee Maguire, a Potsdam Central graduate, netted her third goal of the game to put Keuka up 10-6 with 4:24 remaining it was the Roos who came storming back.
Poupore tallied her second goal of the game with 2:41 to play. Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, ON) set up a Tressa Goolden (Canton, NY) marker 35 seconds later to get SUNY Canton within 11-8. With just 1:17 on the clock Poupore beat Storm goalie Korie Fitzgerald for the third time on the day off a pass from Joelle Percy (Black River, NY). Keuka (1-1) was able to win the ensuing draw control and possess the ball to close out the game.
SUNY Canton led 1-0 as Carroll scored the games opening goal just 25 seconds in. Keeley Rices (Potsdam, NY) second goal of the opening half got the Roos within 4-3 but Keuka tallied four unanswered scores to lead 8-3 at intermission.
Poupore paced the Roos with three goals, while Carroll added two goals and an assist. Lora Ardoin (Houston, TX) and Goolden finished with a goal and two assists each, while Rice beat the goaltender twice.
Ardoin racked up a game-high seven ground balls, Kelsey Murray (West Monroe, NY) registered three caused turnovers, and Carroll and Hannah Christiansen (Lake View, NY) combined to pick up seven draw controls.
Becca Kieffer (Lee Center, NY) stopped 10 shots in net, while Fitzgerald made 15 saves for the Storm.
The womens lacrosse team returns to action Wednesday at 4 p.m. when they travel to take on Wilkes University.