Clarkson vs. Union
April 7, 2007
The Game Story:
Five unanswered goals in the final 13:11 of play along with several timely saves by sophomore goaltender Eric Wolery (Cincinnati, OH) in the closing minutes lifted the Clarkson University Lacrosse team to a 12-9 victory over Union College at Hantz Field in the Golden Knights’ Liberty League opener on Saturday afternoon.

After holding a 5-2 lead at the half, Clarkson found itself down 9-7 early in the fourth quarter. Kyle Tilley completed a 5-1 run for the Dutchmen, to put the visitors up by two, with 13:48 left in regulation. Clarkson, however, rallied back with scores by five different players to pull out the win.

Junior Corey O’Connor (Sandwich, MA) started the Knights’ comeback, scoring 37 seconds after Union’s ninth goal. Sophomore Tom Ross (Adams, NY) tied the game with 8:31 remaining and classmate Greg Gibbons put the Green and Gold in the lead, at 10-9, off an assist from senior Bryan Jackson (Northport, NY) with 6:32 left. Jackson tallied a man-up goal, at 9:09, and sophomore Brian Hoey (Auburn, NY) closed out the game with the final goal with one minute left.

Clarkson held a 2-1 lead after the first quarter and made it 5-2 after the opening 30 minutes. Union (3-5, 0-2) out scored the Knights 6-2 in the third stanza to hold an 8-7 advantage through 45 minutes of play.

Wolery finished with 15 saves, including six stops in the fourth quarter.

Gibbons led the Knights offensively with four goals, while Hoey netted three goals and one assist. Jackson chipped in three points (1-2), while Ross and sophomore Jon Cathcart (Homer, NY) tallied one goal and one assist apiece. O’Connor and junior Steve Kennedy (Niskayuna, NY) recorded one goal each.

Tom Simmons led Union with four goals.

Clarkson out shot the Dutchmen 38-33. Rob Oram made 15 stops in the Union goal.

O’Connor, who dominated on faceoffs, winning 13-of-21 draws, picked up a team-high five groundballs for the Knights along with senior defenseman Nick Lavdas (Lafayette, NY).

At 3-7 overall, Clarkson will continue Liberty League play on Wednesday when it battles Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.