Clarkson vs. Geneseo State
March 30, 2008
The Game Story:
Potsdam, NY - Scoring a man-down early in the second half started 9th-ranked Geneseo on a 10-1 run in the final 26 minutes as the Blue Knights downed the Clarkson University Men's Lacrosse team 11-4 Sunday afternoon at Potsdam State's Turf Field.

The Golden Knights fell to 3-2 overall, while the top-10 ranked Blue Knights improved to 5-1. Clarkson will look to get back on the winning track on Wednesday when it hosts Plattsburgh State.

For most of the first half, Clarkson seemed to hold solid advantages in most categories, and led 3-1 at the half in a defensive-minded contest. Up a man in the third quarter, the Golden Knights lost control of their man-advantage chance and the Blue Knights raced down the field to cut the Clarkson lead to just a single goal, 3-2. The score would prove a harbinger of things to come as the Blue Knights dominated play from that point on, picking up four more goals in a row before Clarkson finally ended the streak midway through the fourth quarter. Despite seeing their lead fall to three after Greg Gibbons' (Baldwinsville, NY) second goal of the contest, the Blue Knights ended the game with five goals in the final 3:41 as the Knights suffered some defensive breakdowns.

Geneseo finished with a 34-27 shot advantage, including a 20-12 edge in the second half, a 24-23 lead in ground balls (17-13 in the final 30 minutes), and the Blue Knights also won the battle at the faceoff circle, claiming 14 of the 18 tries at midfield, and nine of the final 12 in the second half.

Gibbons scored four points on two goals and two assists to lead Clarkson and Brian Hoey (Auburn, NY) added a goal and an assist. Tom Ross (Adams, NY) contributed the game's opening goal for Clarkson.

Geneseo had nine different players record a goal with Tom Costanza leading the way with two goals and two assists. Ray Ryan added in two unassisted scores and Mike Pizzuto led the team with four points on a goal and three assists.

Dennis Costanza was outstanding in net, making 14 saves and allowing just four goals to the Golden Knights. Greg Lamb (Baldwinsville, NY) made 13 saves for Clarkson.