Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – Cody Legeza recorded a hat trick offsetting a monster performance in goal from Drew Riopelle-Tyrrell (Northville, Mich.) and Skidmore College overcame a slow start to sneak past visiting Clark University, 9-7, in non-league men's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening.
Score: Skidmore College 9, Clark University 7
Records: Skidmore (1-1); Clark University (1-2)
Location: Wachenheim Field, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
How It Happened:
- Clark opened the game with two goals in the first two minutes on strikes from Jack Pierce (Westboro, Mass.) and Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.).
- Skidmore responded, scoring the game's next three goals as the first quarter turned into the second period.
- Two more goals came for the Scarlet and White as Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) set up Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) and then Pierce played playmaker, setting up Andrew Myhre (Middlebury, Vt.), giving Clark a 4-2 edge.
- The Thoroughbreds closed the half with back-to-back markers, highlighted by Legeza's go-ahead goal with just 23 seconds left.
- Clark opened the second half with a man-up goal from Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) but Skidmore added two more before the frame ended, sending them into the fourth quarter ahead, 7-5.
- Mandracchia set up Pierce for his second of the evening early on in the fourth, but the Thoroughbreds, however, registered two more, widening the gap to its peak at 9-6.
- The Cougars put one more on the board when Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) won the faceoff and fed King for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
- Skidmore was able to force several Clark turnovers down the stretch to hold on for their third win over the Scarlet and White in their last four meetings.
Inside The Box Score:
- The Thoroughbreds outshot the Cougars, 44-25 and forced an uncharacteristic 21 turnovers, including five in the fourth quarter.
- Clark held a 31-30 edge in ground balls and the three-headed faceoff monster of Darius Jagminas (East Greenwich, R.I.), Philbin and Elliot Pressman (Harpswell, Maine), won 13 of the 20 faceoffs.
- Riopelle-Tyrell was sensational, turning aside 19 shots – the third time in his career that he has registered 19 saves or more in a single contest.
- King and Pierce had two goals each, while Mandracchia handed out a game-best two assists.
Clark (1-2) will return home on Saturday to face Gordon College at 1:00 p.m.