Clarkson vs. Rpi
April 28, 2007
The Game Story:
A stingy defensive effort, back up in goal by junior goaltender Greg Lamb (Baldwinsville, NY), and some timely scoring lifted the Clarkson University Lacrosse team to an 11-7 victory over Rensselaer at Hantz Field on Saturday afternoon in the final game of the Liberty League campaign for both teams. With the win, the Golden Knights secure the third seed in the upcoming conference playoffs with a 4-2 league mark. At 6-9 overall, Clarkson will play at #2 seed Skidmore (6-7, 5-1) in first-round postseason action on Friday in Saratoga Springs.

Rensselaer closed out the regular season as the fourth seed in the Liberty league with a 3-3 conference slate. The Red Hawks, who stand at 10-4 overall, will play at top-seeded St. Lawrence (12-1, 6-0) in the first round of the Liberty League playoffs on Friday. The winners of the first round will play at the home field of the highest remaining seed on Sunday to determine the conference championship and gain the automatic NCAA Tournament bid that goes with it.

Sophomore Tom Ross (Adams, NY) led the Clarkson attack with a game-high four goals. Classmates Brian Hoey (Auburn, NY) and Kyle Alexander (Clifton Park, NY) each chipped in two goals for the Knights. Junior Corey O’Connor (Sandwich, MA) keyed the Green and Gold’s play at midfield, winning 12 of 21 faceoffs, picking up a game-high seven ground balls and scoring one goal.

Alex MacDiarmid and Josh Secora paced the Rensselaer offense with two goals apiece.

Clarkson and RPI battled to a 2-2 first quarter tie with the Red Hawks opening the scoring just 12 seconds in on Lee Alexanderson‘s goal. The Knights took a 5-4 lead into the half as Hoey, Ross and sophomore Greg Gibbons (Baldwinsville, NY) tallied goals in the second quarter.

Just eight second into the third, O’Connor won the faceoff and raced in for an unassisted goal to give Clarkson the early momentum to start the second half. The Knights went up 7-4 with 9:53 left in the period on Ross’ second goal of the game off an assist from freshman Bruce Lee (Albany, NY). RPI battled back with goals by Brent Evans and PJ McComb to pull within one, but Ross connected again late in the third to give the Knights a 8-6 lead through 45 minutes of play.

Clarkson put the game away in the final frame outscoring Rensselaer 3-1.

Senior defenseman Nick Lavdas (Lafayette, NY), who helped anchored the stingy effort, also scored for the Knights.

Clarkson out shot Rensselaer, 36-27, and controlled ground balls, 39-20. Lamb made 12 saves to post his third win in goal this season. John Thibdeau posted 10 stops for the Red Hawks.