Clarkson vs. Rit
April 4, 2007
The Game Story:
Clarkson Comes Up Two Goals Short in Bid to Upset RIT
April 4, 2007

Another strong effort by the Clarkson University Lacrosse team against a highly-rated foe came up short as the Golden Knights dropped a 10-8 decision to nationally-ranked RIT at SUNY Potsdam’s artificial turf field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Golden Knights battled the Tigers the entire 60 minutes and outscored the visitors 3-1 over the final 11 minutes, but ran out of time in their bid to hand second-ranked RIT (9-0) its first loss of the season.

RIT took a 2-0 lead on goals by Andrew Ruocco and Eric Pritchard five minutes into the contest, but Clarkson answered back with three straight scores to take a one-goal lead after the first period. Freshman Bruce Lee (Albany, NY), and sophomores Brian Hoey (Auburn, NY) and Greg Gibbons (Baldwinsville, NY) opened the Knights’ scoring.

The Tigers out scored Clarkson 3-1 in the second period to hold a slim 5-4 advantage after the opening 30 minutes. Scott Farress led the way for RIT in the second, scoring two of his game-high four goals to close out the half.

Gibbons opened the third frame, scoring at 4:33 to tie the game, but RIT ran off four straight scores to take a 9-5 lead after three periods. Hoey tallied his second goal of the contest early in the fourth, followed by Gibbons’ third goal of the game to pull Clarkson to within two, 9-7, with just over nine minutes to play. Garrett Johnson gave the Tigers a three-goal advantage with 8:32 left before sophomore Tom Ross (Adams, NY) closed out the scoring with the Knights’ eighth goal with 4:36 remaining.

Gibbons (3-0) and Hoey (2-1) each tallied three points for Clarkson. Ross, Lee and sophomore Erik Hilfinger (Ann Arbor, MI) recorded one goal and one assist apiece. Junior Steve Kennedy (Niskayuna, NY) set up two Clarkson goals.

RIT’s Farress led all scorers with five points (4-1).

Both teams had 30 shots, while the Green and Gold held a slim 37-36 advantage on groundballs. Junior Greg Lamb (Baldwinsville, NY) made 13 saves for Clarkson, while John Foley posted 10 stops and scored one goal for the Tigers.

Junior Corey O’Connor (Sandwich, MA) dominated at the faceoff dot for Clarkson winning 14-of-22 faceoffs and picking up a game-high six groundballs.

The Knights, who closed out the non-league portion of the schedule with a 2-7 overall record, will begin Liberty League play this Saturday when they are scheduled to host Union in a 1:00 p.m. game at Hantz Field.