Clarkson vs. Rit
March 25, 2009
The Game Story:
Senior Attackman Greg Gibbons (Baldwinsville, NY) tied a school-record for goals in a game with eight to lead the Clarkson University Men’s Lacrosse team past RIT 12-9 on Wednesday afternoon at SUNY Potsdam’s turf field.

The Golden Knights, who won their second straight game to improve their record to 4-2, jumped out to a 5-0 lead midway through the second quarter and then put on a late spurt to hand the Tigers (5-2) their second straight loss.

Gibbons also recorded one assist to finish with nine points for the day, while classmate Tom Ross (Adams, NY) joined the Clarkson Century Club with three goals and two assists to give him an even 100 points for his career.

Gibbons and Ross tallied two goals apiece in the first quarter and Gibbons made it 5-0 with 8:40 remaining in the second. RIT made a late run in the half with a four-goal outburst to close the gap to 5-4 after the opening 30 minutes.

The Knights and the Tigers traded three goals apiece in the third quarter to make it 8-7 in the Knights’ favor after 45 minutes.

Senior Jon Cathcart (Homer, NY) started a Clarkson surge in the final stanza, scoring just 31 seconds into the quarter, putting the Green and Gold on top 9-7. After RIT’s Sean Gillies connected for a man-up goal with 10:45 remaining to once again make it a one-goal game, the Knights tallied three unanswered goals to take command, 12-8 with just over three minutes to play. Gibbons scored twice and Ross connected once, for his 100th career point, down the stretch. RIT scored the final goal with 1:40 left.

Senior Brian Hoey (Auburn, NY) recorded five assists for the Knights. Senior Kyle Alexander (Clifton Park, NY), sophomore Tyler Long (Liverpool, NY) and Cathcart set up one goal apiece.

Gillies led the Tigers offensively with two goals and one assist.

Clarkson held a slight edge in shots, 34-33, while RIT had the advantage in ground balls, 36-34.

Senior John Svoren (Hamburg, NY) posted 12 saves and recorded five groundballs. Freshman Andrew Liptak (Westfield, MA) also picked up a game-high five ground balls.

Sophomore Jon Furgal (New Hartford, NY) was strong on faceoffs, winning 14 draws.