Clark vs. Anna Maria
February 28, 2013
The Game Story:
The 23rd season of lacrosse at Clark University kicks off with the Cougars playing host to Anna Maria College on Thursday, February 28. The contest marks the first time in program history in which they will play an official contest prior to March 1.

2012 Redux
For the second straight season, the Cougars were on the cusp of making their first-ever Pilgrim League playoff appearance. A season-ending double-overtime loss at MIT dashed those hopes, but Clark completed its third straight 6-8 season – the second-winningest three-year stretch in school history.

Filling The Shoes
In 2013, new stars will no doubt emerge for the Cougars but the Class of 2012 took with it a lot of points, goals and assists. Chris Johnson and Phil Winslow combined for 267 career points and over 150 career goals in their four years in Scarlet and White. Also departed are netminder Andrew DeVito and a star faceoff man Matt Fields and several other key contributors.

Addition By Subtraction
Chris Johnson hasn't gone far, moving from All-League performer to assistant coach for the 2013 season. He ended his career with his name splattered all over the school record book, ranking fourth in goals (97), sixth in assists (48) and fourth in total points (145).

History with Anna Maria
The Cougars and AMCATS have only met twice before with Clark having won both contests by a combined score of 17-7.

Season Openers
The Scarlet and White have struggled in season openers in its history. The Cougars are just 5-17 in their first games of their seasons, with their last season opening victory coming in 2008 when they topped Misericordia, 13-2 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Canadian Import
The return of Jeffrey Wasson (Buckhorn, Ontario) is a huge boost for the Clark offense. A first-team all-league selection as a sophomore a season ago when he scored a league-leading 40 goals and amassed 45 total points, Wasson is one of the most feared scorers in New England.

Cougar Pride
Former Clark captain Jeff Cohen took over the program in 2010 and has quickly transformed the Cougars into a team to be reckoned with. He has been named Pilgrim League Coach of the Year twice (2010, 2011) in his first three seasons and is already second on the school's all-time coaching wins list (18).

One To Watch
Senior Nick Figliola (Weston, Conn.) is the Cougars' second leading returning scorer behind Wasson, after having scored 15 points in 2012 in just ten games. Seven of his 13 goals came in two games, including a career-high four markers in a 15-3 win over Maine Maritime.

On The Rise
Junior Jonah Bass (Amherst, Mass.) was starting to emerge a season ago before suffering a season-ending injury in the season's ninth contest. He was coming off of his third multi-goal game and had racked up seven goals and eight assists before the injury.

Inside The Numbers
In three seasons under Cohen the Cougars are 13-8 on the turf at the Granger Sports Complex. Last season, Clark was an impressive 5-2 at the friendly confines of the Granger.

Man In The Middle
Junior goalkeeper Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) has patiently waited his turn, getting some time here and there as Andrew DeVito's backup. Now, he is the man between the pipes and enters 2013 with a 3-2 all-time record.

Did You Know?
Despite ranking dead-last in man-up opportunities, the Cougars ranked second in the Pilgrim League in converting those chances into goals (29.5).