Clarkson vs. Union
May 2, 2008
The Game Story:
POTSDAM, N.Y. – Sophomore midfielder Scott Garibaldi (Summit, N.J.) scored with 40.3 seconds remaining to lift the third-seeded Union College men’s lacrosse team to an 8-7 upset win over second-seeded Clarkson in the Liberty League semifinals Friday afternoon at Hantz Field. The win, a program-record 12th for the 18th-ranked Dutchmen, marks the first in Liberty League postseason play for Union, which is set to make the program’s first conference title game appearance against top-seeded St. Lawrence Sunday at noon in Canton, N.Y.

The win snaps a seven-game losing streak to Clarkson, marking the first win over the Golden Knights since a 10-9 victory on April 21, 2001, in Schenectady.

A cross-crease pass from freshman Brendan Kinnane (Little Compton, R.I.) found Garibaldi open on the opposite side and the sophomore's shot found the back of the net just over two minutes after Clarkson had tied the game.

Garibaldi led Union (12-3) with three goals, while Kinnane recorded a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to seven games.

Clarkson held a 3-2 lead at the half, led by a pair of tallied from Erik Hilfinger, who opened the scoring over six minutes into the game with a shot from 25 feet out that sailed past the right shoulder of Union goaltender Christopher Keinath (Wilbraham, Mass.). Matt Douglas (New York, N.Y.) closed the quarter with his sixth goal of the season to knot the game at 1-1.

The Golden Knights (9-4) opened the second quarter with a pair of goals five seconds apart, the first courtesy of Hilfinger when Union was called for a penalty, and the latter coming when Greg Gibbons converted a pass from Tyler Long after a delay of game call on the faceoff.

Kinnane got Union back within one to close out the half, and the Dutchmen carried the momentum into the third, rattling off five goals to Clarkson’s two in the final eight minutes of the quarter to edge ahead, 7-5.

Tom Ross scored a man-up tally from Brian Hoey before Hoey knotted the game with 2:41 left when he flipped a shot in as he was pushed into the crease.

With just over a minute remaining, the Golden Knights called a timeout to set things up, but a turnover forced Clarkson on the defensive as Tom Simmons (Salisbury, Conn.) picked up the groundball and raced back into the offensive zone.

A Union timeout with 52 seconds left drew up what proved to be the game-winning goal when Kinnane came from behind the net on Clarkson netminder Greg Lamb's left side and was quickly doubled. He sent a pass over the Clarkson defenders to Garibaldi on the right side who threw the shot back over Lamb's left shoulder for the go-ahead goal.

Ian Hunter (Providence, R.I.), Chris Collison (Trumbull, Conn.) and Jon Miller (Yarmouth, Maine) also scored for Union, while Kevin Rautenstrauch (West Seneca, N.Y.), who won six of 10 faceoffs on the day, added an assist.

Keinath made nine saves in his 11th win of the season, while Lamb made 11 saves for Clarkson. The Dutchmen out shot Clarkson, 31-25, and won 27 groundballs compared to 21 for the Knights.

18th-ranked Union will take on 12th-ranked St. Lawrence at North Country Field on Sunday, May 4, in the Liberty League championship game at noon. The Saints hold a 29-19 lead in the all-time series, and have won the last seven meetings between the two teams, including a 17-3 victory in Canton on April 19.