Rpi vs. Clarkson
April 26, 2008
The Game Story:
TROY, N.Y. – Clarkson University broke open a close game with five second half goals enroute to an 8-5 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Liberty League men’s lacrosse action at Harkness Field.

With the victory, the Golden Knights secure the second-seed in the upcoming Liberty League Tournament and improve to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in conference play. They will host Union College on Friday, May 2 in Potsdam. The Red Hawks finish the regular season 9-5 with a 3-3 league mark. They are now the fourth-seed in the tournament and will travel to top-seeded St. Lawrence, also on Friday in Canton. All game times are to be determined.

Trailing 3-2 after the first half of action, Rensselaer pulled things even in the third quarter on a bullet shot from the right arc of the goal by junior Josh Secora (Evergreen, CO/Golden). The draw was short-lived as Clarkson posted four straight goals, including two to start the fourth quarter for a 7-3 lead.

Paced by Gibbons’s goal and assist, the Golden Knights held the Red Hawks’ offense at bay until the 3:33 mark when sophomore attack Devin Arnold (Buffalo, NY/Canisius) found the back of the net to pull Rensselaer to within three (7-4).

After a tally by Clarkson junior Brian Hoey (Auburn, NY/Auburn), the Red Hawks managed to pull back to within three on a goal by senior Alex MacDiarmid (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) at 1:47, but the Knights maintained control throughout the closing seconds to secure the win.

Clarkson saw junior attack Greg Gibbons (Baldwinsville, NY/CW Baker) finish with two goals and an assist while Hoey posted a goal and two assists. Senior Jon Cathcart (Homer, NY/Homer) had two goals while three other players recorded a goal. Senior goalie Greg Lamb (Baldwinsville, NY/CW Baker) improved to 9-3 overall, stopping 12 shots in the Clarkson cage.

For Rensselaer, MacDiarmid finished with two goals while senior PJ McComb (Newington, CT/Newington) had two assists. Secora, Arnold and freshman Conor Chocheles (Babylon, NY/Babylon) each chipped in a goal. Netminder Ryan DeJordy (Albany, NY/Columbia) dropped to 8-5 on the year after shouldering the loss with 12 saves.