Norwich vs. Clark
April 17, 2010
The Game Story:
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Chris Adams scored three goals and dished out a game-high four assists to help lead Clark University to a 10-5 victory over Norwich University in a Pilgrim League men’s lacrosse game Saturday afternoon at a windy and rainy Howard Field.

Clark (6-4, 2-1 Pilgrim) scored the first eight goals of the second half to turn a 3-1 halftime deficit into a 9-3 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Norwich seemed to be in control of the contest in the first half, limiting Clark’s offense to 12 shots and holding a 3-1 advantage at the intermission. The Cougars exploded offensively in the third quarter, however, outscoring the Cadets 4-0 to take over. Clark then scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter to put Norwich away.

Garrett McAdam added three goals for the Cougars, while Phil Winslow chipped in one goal and one assist. Chris Johnson, Shawn Roche and JC Tsagarakis all scored one goal apiece to round out the scoring for Clark.

Joe Galante led the way for Norwich (8-4, 1-2 Pilgrim) with three goals and one assist. Jesse Mattson and Michael White each added one goal apiece for the Cadets, who saw their five-game win streak snapped. Kyle Marzeoti handed out one assist to complete the scoring for NU.

Clark tallied the game’s first marker when Winslow scored off a feed from Adams at 6:53 of the first quarter. Norwich knotted the score at 1-1 just two minutes later on Galante’s first goal of the contest.

The Cadets got second period goals from White and Galante to carry a 3-1 edge into halftime. NU goalkeeper Nathan Proctor stopped all five shots that he faced in the second period to keep Clark off the scoreboard during the stanza.

Goals by Roche and Tsagarakis within the first seven minutes of the second half knotted the score at 3-3, and Adams’ man-up marker put the Cougars in front 4-3 with 7:01 remaining in the third quarter. McAdam made it 5-3 when he scored his first goal of the day with 5:58 to play in the third, and Clark took that two-goal lead into the final 15 minutes.

McAdam and Adams scored within a span of 14 seconds early in the fourth quarter to extend Clark’s lead to 7-3, and Johnson and Adams tallied markers within a span of eight seconds moments later to help the Cougars to a 9-3 advantage. In all, Clark potted four markers within a span of 1:01 thanks to several faceoff wins and some excellent passing and shooting.

Norwich finally stemmed the tide with 6:51 to play as Mattson scored an unassisted goal. McAdam rounded out his hat trick exactly two minutes later, and Galante completed his hat trick with 3:13 to play to cap the scoring. Galante now leads the Cadets with 25 goals on the season.

Clark outshot Norwich 38-23, and the Cougars won 12-of-18 faceoffs. CU went 2-for-7 on man-up opportunities, while NU was 0-for-3.

Clark goalkeeper Andrew DeVito stopped seven shots to earn the win between the pipes for the Cougars. Proctor, meanwhile, made 12 saves in the losing effort for the Cadets.

Norwich held a slim 37-36 edge in ground balls with Proctor scooping up a game-high nine. DeVito and Kyle Klapp led the Cougars with six ground balls apiece.

Norwich will wrap up its four-game homestand on Wednesday, April 21, when the Cadets host Pilgrim League rival Babson College at Howard Field. The opening faceoff for the conference clash is set for 4 p.m.

Line Score 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Clark 1 0 4 5 10
Norwich 1 2 0 2 5