Clarkson vs. Potsdam State
April 4, 2012
The Game Story:
In a tight game between cross-town rivals, senior attackman Bryan Huff (Hillsborough, NJ) scored a team-high four goals to lead the Clarkson University Lacrosse team past SUNY Potsdam 13-8 in non-league action at Hantz Turf Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Golden Knights, who trailed 6-5 after the opening two quarters, pulled away from the Bears (4-3) in the second half by outscoring their neighbors 8-2 over the final 30 minutes to gain their fifth straight victory in the rivalry.

With his four-goal effort, Huff is closing in on the Century Mark with 98 career points on 60 goals and 38 assists. He has tallied 15 points (11-4) this season. Junior Matt McCabe (Syracuse, NY) also enjoyed a four-point outing against Potsdam with three goals and one assist. Freshman Corey Herrington (Camillus, NY) led all scorers with a game-high five points, including four assists.

Clarkson opened the game with a goal by McCabe just 50 seconds in on the Knights’ first shot of the contest. The Green and Gold built their lead to 4-2 after the opening 15 minutes. The Bears gained the advantage at the break with a 4-1 run in the second quarter as Rob Kunz led the way for Potsdam with two of his team-high four goals.

The Knights took control to start the second half with four straight goals, beginning with Herrington’s man-up goal 1:55 in, and outscored the Bears 5-1 in the third quarter to hold a 10-7 lead through 45 minutes. Clarkson continued to pressure in the final period putting up three more goals.

Senior Eric Gollands’ (Chelmsford, MA) tallied twice for the Knights, while classmate Matt Cyr (Cheshire, CT), junior Brendon Shearin (Goffstown, NH) and freshman Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) rounded out the Clarkson goal scorers with one each.

Potsdam outshot the Knights 33-30, but junior Ryan Cole (Orchard Park, NY) was solid in the Clarkson net with a nine-save effort. The Bears also enjoyed a 29-24 advantage in ground balls. Cole and sophomore Dylan Caldiero (Buffalo, NY) both picked up a team-high four ground balls.

Clarkson, which has won three straight, improves its record to 7-2 overall. The Knights return to Liberty League play on Saturday when they host Union College in a 1:00 p.m. game at Hantz Turf Field.