Clarkson vs. Saint Lawrence
April 24, 2002
The Game Story:

Knights Gain Bid to NCAA Tournament Potsdam, N.Y. - Freshman goaltender Joe Zebrowski (Liverpool, NY) posted a season-high 21 saves, while junior attackmen Jim Lavelle (Hamburg, NY) and Marty Reid (Hamburg, NY) scored three goals apiece to lead the Clarkson University Lacrosse team to an 11-6 victory over arch-rival St. Lawrence before an overflowing capacity crowd of 750 at Hantz Field on Wednesday afternoon. Winners of four straight, the Golden Knights, ranked 16th in the nation, claimed the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (UCAA) title with a 5-0 league mark and earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that comes with the conference crown.

Clarkson, which never trailed in the game, grabbed a 2-0 first period lead on a pair of goals from leading scorer Lavelle. St. Lawrence, which also enter the contest with a 4-0 league mark, tied it early in the second on goals by Josh Feine and Rob Russell before Clarkson answered back with three straight goals to grab a 5-2 lead after 30 minutes. UCAA Rookie of the Week Rich Burritt (Oswego, NY) put the Knights on top with 5:54 left in the second quarter and then freshman Chris Stock (Penfield, NY) and Reid scored in the final 26 seconds of the half to give the Green and Gold the three-goal margin. The Saints made it 5-3 to start the third on Feine's second goal of the game, but the Knights came back with goals by freshman Josh Jaufmann (Fairport, NY) and sophomore Sean Pearce (Auburn, NY) to build a 7-3 lead after three quarters. The Saints scored again early in the fourth on Russell's second goal of the game 15 seconds after the faceoff, but Clarkson went on to score four of the last six goals to claim the University's first ever UCAA Regular Season Championship in any sport.

Pearce finished with two goals and two assists for the Knights, while Feine and Russell both scored three goals for St. Lawrence (8-3), which enter the game ranked 20th in the country.

Stephen Salotti finished with 18 saves for the Saints.

With a 9-1 overall record, Clarkson, closes out the regular season with a non-league game at Keuka College this Saturday and a UCAA contest against Skidmore at Hantz Field on May 4. The pairings for the 16-team NCAA Division III Tournament will be announced on May 5 with tournament first-round competition starting on Wednesday, May 8.