Clarkson vs. Hamilton
April 9, 2008
The Game Story:
An unassisted goal off a forced turnover by junior Brian Hoey (Auburn, NY) tied the game late in the second quarter and was followed by eight more unanswered Golden Knights scores as the 20th-ranked Clarkson University Lacrosse team defeated Liberty League foe Hamilton College 10-3 at SUNY Canton on Wednesday afternoon.

Clarkson got off to a slow start against Hamilton (4-5, 0-3) as the Continentals held a 1-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes, and then made it 2-0 within the first minute of the second quarter. The Knights regrouped, however, and went on a 10-goal run to extend their winning streak to three games.

Freshman Tyler Long (Liverpool, NY) started the Green and Gold offensive burst with his first goal of the contest at 1:21 of the second quarter. Hoey made it 2-2 with 5:07 remaining in the half when he forced Hamilton’s goaltender into a failed clearing attempt, picked up the ground ball at midfield and fired a shot into an empty net to give Clarkson added momentum.

Long and junior Tom Ross (Adams, NY) added goals in the final four minutes of the half to put the Knights a head 4-2 after the first 30 minutes.

Clarkson continued to roll in the third quarter, as Ross connected for his second goal of the game eight seconds into the second half. Senior Greg Gibbons (Baldwinsville, NY) tallied the Knights’ last five goals as the Green and Gold out scored the Continentals 6-1 in the final 30 minutes, including a 5-0 margin in the third quarter.

The Knights’ defense, backed up in goal by senior Greg Lamb (Baldwinsville, NY), put in another stingy effort and shut down the Hamilton attack for a stretch of 42 minutes, 41 seconds before the visitors tallied their third goal with just 1:37 left to play.

Gibbons, Liberty League co-Offensive Player of the Week, led all scorers with five goals. Ross and Long added two apiece, while Hoey tallied one goal and two assists.

Clarkson out shot Hamilton 27-18. Lamb finished with nine saves on 11 shots through 56 minutes of play. The Continentals held a slight 23-22 edge in ground balls. Junior Cory Schneider (Yorktown, NY) picked up a game-high five ground balls and won six-of-11 faceoffs.

The Knights, who are 6-2 overall and 2-0 in Liberty League play, will host conference foe Vassar on Saturday with a scheduled time at Hantz Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.