Plattsburgh vs. Clarkson
April 1, 2009
The Game Story:
Plattsburgh, NY - After spotting Plattsburgh State a 2-0 lead, including the opening goal just 38 seconds into the contest, the Clarkson University Men’s Lacrosse team clicked into top form and cruised to its highest single-game goal total in two years by defeating the Cardinals 17-8 in non-conference action on the road Wednesday afternoon.

Winners of four straight, the Golden Knights resume Liberty League play this Saturday when they host Rensselaer in a 12 noon contest to be played at SUNY Potsdam. Clarkson is 6-2 overall and owns a 1-0 league mark.

Named ECAC Upstate and Liberty League Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, senior attackman Greg Gibbons (Baldwinsville, NY) continued his torrid scoring pace by leading the Knights’ offense against Plattsburgh (5-4). Gibbons scored a game-high four goals and also added one assist. Gibbons now has 131 career goals, trailing only Clarkson Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Ed McMahon ’91 (157 goals) on the all-time goal scoring charts for the Green and Gold. Gibbons, who has 30 goals and seven assists this season, is just seven points shy of becoming only the fourth player ever at Clarkson to amass 200 career points.

Senior Tom Ross (Adams, NY), with three goals and two assists, and freshman Bryan Huff (Hillsborough, NJ), with one goal and four assists, also notched five points in the win.

With Plattsburgh holding a 2-0 lead five minutes into the game, Ross sparked a three-goal run by the Knights with Clarkson’s’ first goal, followed by two scores from Gibbons to give the Green and Gold a one-goal advantage after the first quarter.

The Cardinals tied it up early in the second stanza, but the Knights connected for four unanswered goals to hold a 7-3 advantage at the half. Senior Brian Hoey (Auburn, NY) tallied both of his goals in the second quarter.

In the third, Plattsburgh once again started off the quarter with the first goal, but Clarkson responded with six straight tallies to hold a convincing 13-4 lead through 45 minutes of play.

Both teams connected for four goals apiece in the fourth frame.

Senior Erik Hilfinger (Ann Arbor, MI) scored twice, while classmates Kyle Alexander (Clifton Park, NY) and Cory Schneider (Yorktown, NY), sophomore Tyler Long (Liverpool, NY) and Mike Simmons (Clinton, CT) and freshman Ryan Esposito (Nanuet, NY) rounded out Clarkson’s goal scorers with one each.

Matt Maes led Plattsburgh with a game-high six points on three goals and three assists.

Clarkson out shot Plattsburgh 45-36 and held a 56-42 advantage in groundballs. Senior John Svoren (Hamburg, NY) started in the Knights’ goal and made 11 saves on 17 shots through 52 minutes. Freshman Pat Sweeney (Canton, NY) turned aside five of the seven shots he faced over the final eight minutes.

Freshman Pat Kilday (Westford, MA) excelled at midfield, winning 14 faceoffs and picking up 13 groundballs.