Clarkson vs. Vassar
April 8, 2006
The Game Story:
An opportunistic offensive effort and stingy defensive play lifted the Clarkson University Lacrosse team to an 11-4 victory over Vassar College at Hantz Field on Saturday afternoon in the Golden Knights’ Liberty League opener.

Senior Brian Hanlon (Marcellus, NY) led the Clarkson attack with four goals and three assists. Freshman Greg Gibbons (Baldwinsville, NY) chipped in four goals and one assist as the Green and Gold broke out of a two-game losing slump.

The Knights controlled play from the opening faceoff, jumping out to a 3-0 lead on a goal by Gibbons and two scores from Hanlon with less than four minutes to play in the first quarter. Vassar (1-8, 0-3) got on the scoreboard with Eric Schrager’s goal with 2:29 to play in the quarter, but Clarkson answered back with freshman Thomas Ross’s (Adams, NY) first collegiate goal to take a 4-1 lead after the first 15 minutes.

Clarkson put four more goals on the scoreboard to hold an 8-1 advantage at the half. Gibbons tallied the lone goal in the third quarter to give the Knights a 9-1 lead through 45 minutes of play. The Brewers out scored Clarkson 3-2 in the final frame.

Ross finished with two goals, while freshman Cory Schneider (Yorktown, NY) tallied one goal to round out the Clarkson goal scorers. Freshman Brian Hoey (Auburn, NY) recorded three assists.

Steven Cataido, Michael Littlefield and Tristan Jemiolo also scored for Vassar.

Clarkson held a 33-16 shot advantage and controlled groundballs 36-21. Sophomore Matthew Opar (Lexington, MA) contributed to a solid defensive effort by the Knights with three groundballs.

Sophomore Greg Lamb (Baldwinsville, NY) started the game in the Clarkson goal and posted four saves on five shots. Junior Brian McClure (Painted Posted, NY) and freshman John Szvoren (Canisius, NY) played the second half in the Knights’ net.

Will Widen made 12 saves in the Brewers’ goal.

Clarkson (3-6, 1-0) will look for its second Liberty League win when it hosts Hamilton College this coming Wednesday in a 4:00 p.m. game at Hantz Field.