Clarkson vs. Union
April 18, 2009
The Game Story:
Combining a balanced, patient offensive effort and a stingy defensive performance, the Clarkson University Men’s Lacrosse team defeated Union College 10-8 at Potsdam H.S. on Saturday afternoon to clinch a spot in the upcoming Liberty League playoffs.

The Golden Knights, who improved their record to 9-3 overall and to 4-1 in the conference, close out the regular season at Skidmore on April 25.

Senior Greg Gibbons (Baldwinsville, NY), sophomore Tyler Long (Liverpool, NY) and freshman Bryan Huff (Hillsborough, NJ) each scored twice for the Golden Knights, while freshman Matt Cyr (Cheshire, CT) tallied a game-high four points.

The Green and Gold jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on goals by senior Brian Hoey (Auburn, NY), Gibbons and Huff. Long made it a 4-0 Clarkson advantage early in the second stanza before Union finally got on the scoreboard with Ted McKenna’s goal with 9:53 left in the half. Cyr and the Dutchmen’s Andrew Higgins traded goals to close out the half with the Knights leading 5-2 after 30 minutes.

Union (5-6, 1-3) wasted little time in getting back in the game in the second half as McKenna started a three-goal run by the Dutchmen with his second score of the game just 36 seconds in. Matthew Douglas and Nick Alfonzetti followed with goals for Union to tie the game 5-5 with 9:25 let in the third quarter.

Clarkson, however, responded by scoring five of the final eight goals to gain the win in its final home game of the season. Senior Jon Cathcart (Homer, NY) and Gibbons closed out the third with goals to put the Green and Gold back on top 7-5 through 45 minutes.

After Union’s Ethan Meyer made it a one-goal game early in the fourth frame, Long and senior Tom Ross (Adams, NY), who also had two assists in the win, connected to give the Knights a 9-6 lead with eight minutes remaining.

Christopher Jacobson scored Union’s seventh goal with 5:31 left, but Huff snuck a low shot just inside the post 27 seconds later to give Clarkson a 10-7 lead. Charles Hovsepian scored for Union with 4:18 left to make it 10-8, but the Knights’ tenacious defense and ball control by the Clarkson offense prevented any further attempt of a comeback by the visitors.

The Knights put 41 shots on the board, while the defense, led by seniors John Weinhold (Queensbury, NY) and Andrew Kott (Auburn, NY) and junior Evan Renwick (Wappingers Falls, NY), limited the Dutchmen to just 24 shots. Senior John Szvoren (Hamburg, NY) posted six saves for the Knights, including a point-blank stop on Hovsepian with less than seven minutes remaining and Clarkson leading 9-6.

With Hoey, Ross, sophomore Jon Furgal (New Hartford, NY) and freshman Pat Kilday (Westford, MA) leading way with four ground balls each, Clarkson held a 35-31 edge in that category.