Worcester, Mass. – Clark University erupted for eight first quarter goals on their way to a convincing, 16-4 win over Johnson & Wales in non-league men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.
The win for the Scarlet and White is their fifth straight season-opening victory and improves their all-time record in the month of February to 5-0.
Score: Clark University 16, Johnson & Wales 4
Records: Clark University 1-0; Johnson & Wales 0-1
Location: Granger Turf Field, Worcester, Mass.
- Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) finished with a game-best three goals in the first game of his sophomore season.
- Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) racked up two goals and two assists, while freshman Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) handed out a pair of assists in his first collegiate contest.
- Still more freshmen – Quincy Milton III (Seattle, Wash.), Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Elliot Pressman (Harpswell, Maine) – had strong first showings. Milton III registered two goals and an assist, while Philbin and Pressman helped the Cougars control the faceoff spot with a combined 15 wins.
- Eric Lindaas (Milford, Pa.) had two of the Wildcats' four goals, while Eric Russo (West Grove, Pa.) and Owen Macca (West Hartford, Conn.) had the others.
- The goalkeeping combination of Griffin Boyle (Uxbridge, Mass.) and Bradley Morris (Bayport, N.Y.) each stopped seven shots for JWU.
How It Happened:
Playing in front of a sizable home crowd, the Scarlet and White wasted little time getting on the board as Jack Goracy (West Islip, N.Y.) found the back of the net just 41 seconds into the contest.
That lead doubled when Milton III notched his first collegiate strike less than two minutes later.
Then, in what proved to be one of plays of the day, with Clark playing a man down, defenseman Connor Morris (Vancouver, B.C.), scooped up a groundball in front of the Wildcats' net, and rumbled down the right sideline with three defenders draped on him and finally firing a shot that got by Boyle for his first career goal.
Down 3-0, Johnson & Wales got on the board when Lindaas took a feed from Thomas Lyons (Burlington, Mass.) and found the back of the net.
Undeterred, Clark would go on to score the final five goals of the period as Andrew Myhre (Middlebury, Vt.), Milton III, Mandracchia and two from King put them ahead 8-1 after the first.
Macca and Lindaas notched second quarter goals for the Wildcats and when Russo scored in the opening minutes of the third period, the Cougars were all of sudden only ahead, 8-4.
The Scarlet and White, however, ran off eight straight goals over the game's final 20 minutes to secure the victory. First, Goracy tallied a man-up strike late in the third and then Lucas Petricone-Berg (Nyack, N.Y.), King and Mandracchia all followed suit before the period ended, making the score 12-4.
Petricone-Berg, Jack Pierce (Westboro, Mass.) and Kyle Elkins (Stow, Mass.) got in on the act as the game wound down and then Owen Lamerson (Greenlawn, N.Y.) capped the scoring with a highlight reel strike. With a defender shadowing him, Lamerson made two quick moves, spinning his defender around and then firing a blast that whizzed past Morris for his first goal.
Inside The Boxscore:
Clark played three goalkeepers – Drew Riopelle-Tyrell (Northville, Mich.), Jacob Reiner (Farmington, Conn.) and Zac Wogan (Freeport, Maine). Riopelle-Tyrell picked up the win after 30 minutes of action in the first half, but Reiner finished with a game-best 11 saves.
The Cougars held a 49-31 edge in shots and had 37 groundballs compared to just 26 for the Wildcats.
Johnson and Wales won't play again until, Wednesday, March 1 in California against Piedmont College, while the Cougars hit the road for a date with Salve Regina next Saturday.