Clark vs. Plymouth State
April 4, 2012
The Game Story:
Worcester, Mass. – Plymouth State got a game-high five goals from Mike Ventura (Columbia, N.J.) and the visiting Panthers won their sixth straight contest with a 16-12 win over host Clark University in non-league men's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening at Granger Field.

Plymouth State (6-1) scored five straight goals and six of seven spanning the first and second quarters, erasing an early deficit and turning it into a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

After the Panthers opened the contest with a goal less than a minute in on a marker from Ty Long (Dover, N.H.), Clark answered back with an unassisted tally from Jonah Bass (Amherst, Mass.).

Ross Murphy (Billerica, Mass.) got in on the act for the Panthers but another quick answer from the Cougars – this time from Chris Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) - evened the score midway through the first.

Phil Winslow (Providence, R.I.) gave Clark its first lead at 3-2 and he then set up Nick Figliola (Weston, Conn.) moments later to push the Cougar advantage to two goals.

Plymouth State then embarked on their game-changing goal spree, which also coincided with a heavy rainstorm that lasted the entire second quarter. The Panthers got goals from Long, Ventura (2), Chris Moloney (Newton, Mass.) , Andrew Finocchio (Wakefield, Mass.) and Zack Frank (Wakefield, Mass.) to make the score 8-5.

Clark finally responded when Johnson scored a pair more, inching the Cougars to within 8-7 midway through the frame.

Nick Morello (North Billerica, Mass.) and Ventura put points on the board and Clark added another before the half to make the score 10-8 at intermission.

Morello opened the second half with a tally and the Cougars got to within win after back-to-back goals from Winslow and Bass made it, 11-10.

A Shawn McEvoy (Spring, Texas) score sent the Panthers into the fourth ahead by two and they immediately added to their advantage with another Ventura goal moments into the period.

Every time Clark got within two, the Panthers responded and with the game 14-12 with less than five minutes to play, Plymouth State put the game out of reach with empty net tallies from Morello and Ventura.

Clark will look to return to the win column on Saturday when they host Massachusetts-Maritime at 11:00 a.m., while the Panthers will put the winning streak on the line on Saturday as well with a road trip to Salem State.