Plattsburgh vs. Clarkson
March 27, 2013
The Game Story:
Box Score

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Brett McClelland completed his hat trick with 1:51 left in overtime to lift the nationally-ranked No. 18 Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team to a hard-fought 8-7 win over the Clarkson Golden Knights.

With the victory, the Cardinals improve to 8-1 on the year. The Golden Knights drop to 4-3 overall.

In a back-and-forth game, Plattsburgh State’s Joey Kramer got things going at the 9:01 mark of the first quarter with an unassisted goal to give the Cardinals the early lead but Clarkson retaliated at 5:31 with a goal from Mark Nortz to tie it up. The two sides swapped goals once more to close out the quarter tied at 2-2.

A shot by Cardinals’ midfielder Tom Duggan found the back of the net to open the second quarter at 11:32 to give Plattsburgh State a 3-2 lead but Clarkson was able to silence the Cardinals’ offense for the rest of the quarter.

Back-to-back goals by Clarkson’s Jack Dowst and Brendon Shearin gave the Golden Knights their only lead of the evening as the half ended with a score of 4-3 in favor of the green and gold.

The Cardinals owned the third quarter, scoring three goals to take the only two-goal lead of the day. Kramer knotted the score at 4-4 with an unassisted marker at 13:02 of the third before McClelland scored the next two to put Plattsburgh State ahead.

Clarkson responded with a pair of goals to open the final stanza including a man-up goal by Corey Herrington at the 5:24 mark to even the score again.

Tim Lawrence scored his 10th of the year at 3:26 of the fourth off a feed from Kramer to give the Cardinals a late 7-6 lead but the Golden Knights answered right back with 2:45 left on Shearin’s second of the game to force overtime.

Plattsburgh State was the only time to generate any offensive opportunities in the overtime. Clarkson goalkeeper Ryan Cole made two stops on shots by McClelland and Kramer, but McClelland was able to beat Cole with the game-winner at the 1:51 mark.

McClelland and Kramer each gave the Cardinals three points while Duggan added a goal and an assist. Defensively, Charlie Dullea had a solid game for Plattsburgh State with a team-high six caused turnovers.

Clarkson was led by Nortz with two goals and an assist. Shearin added a pair of goals and midfielder Dylan Broomfield picked up a game-high eight ground balls.

The Cardinals led in shots, 45-25, while the Golden Knights had the edge in ground balls, 26-19. Clarkson dominated face-offs, winning 14 of 18 on the day. The Golden Knights converted 1 of 6 extra-man opportunities while the Cardinals went 0 for 3.

Plattsburgh State’s Gordie Gehring improved to 8-1 with 11 saves in the victory. Cole made 14 stops in the loss for Clarkson.

Another big game looms on the horizon for the Cardinals as top-ranked Cortland comes to town on Saturday for the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) opener. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the Field House Lacrosse Complex.