Rpi vs. Clarkson
May 6, 2005
The Game Story:
Senior midfielder Chris Sherman scored an unassisted goal with 4:25 left in
the fourth quarter to give the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's
lacrosse team its first and only lead and the Red Hawks held off Clarkson
University, 10-9, in the semi-finals of the Liberty League Tournament at Ned
Harkness Field in Troy, N.Y. With the win, second-seeded RPI improves to
7-6, while Clarkson, the third-seed in the four-team field, falls to 7-7.

RPI advances to face top-seeded Skidmore in the Liberty League Finals on
Sunday at 2pm in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Thoroughbreds, who are 12-2,
advanced with a 9-4 win over St. Lawrence on Friday.

Rensselaer scored the game's final three goals, capped off by Sherman's
second of the afternoon, to fight back from a 9-7 deficit and earn the win.
Freshman P.J. McComb made it a one-goal deficit just 12 seconds after
Clarkson got its ninth goal and junior Peter Rice tied the score the sixth
tie of the game 1:03 later. Following Sherman's game-winner, the Golden
Knights held the ball in the offensive zone for over three minutes but could
not score. RPI netminder Ryan Michels made two saves in that span and
Clarkson missed the net on four other opportunities.

The Golden Knights opened the scoring with two goals in the first 6:34 of
the first quarter but RPI answered with two of its own within the next 2:11.
The two teams again traded two goals and the score was tied 4-4 at halftime.
Brian Hanlon and Mike McKenna had two goals apiece for Clarkson while Ryan
Frisch had two for RPI. Sherman and Mike Sampson had the others.

The visiting Knights went back on top just 1:10 into the third quarter on a
goal by Rich Burritt, who had two assists in the first half, but Adam
LoGiudice tied the score at the 9:44 mark. Hanlon got his third of the game
2:39 later but LoGiudice tallied a man-down goal at 6:11 to tie the game at
6-6. Burritt and Rensselaer's Rice made it 7-7 before Clarkson got the next
two, including a man-down marker, for a 9-7 lead at 13:32 of the fourth
quarter.

Frisch, LoGiudice, Sherman and Rice all had two goals in the win, with
Frisch adding an assist. McComb had a goal and two assists and Briggs
Thompson notched two assists. Michels, a sophomore, finished with ten saves
for Rensselaer, which lost to Skidmore, 15-6 in Saratoga Springs, during the
regular season (Apr. 27).

For Clarkson, Hanlon had three goals and an assist, McKenna tallied three
times and Burritt scored twice with two assists. Senior Joe Zebrowski
finished with 14 saves in the loss.