Rpi vs. Clarkson
May 9, 2004
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The Game Story:
Junior goaltender Joe Zembrowski made 14 saves to lead Clarkson University to an 8-6 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the finals of the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (UCAA) Men's Lacrosse Tournament this afternoon at Ned Harkness Field in Troy, N.Y. Clarkson, the fourth seed, improves to 8-7 and earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. RPI, the second seed, finishes the season with a 12-4 record.

Zembrowski, who hails from Liverpool, N.Y., was named the Most Outstanding Player after making two saves in the first quarter, four in the second, three in the third and five in the fourth. He also had two ground balls. Also selected to the All-Tournament Team from Clarkson were Taimah Vaber, Rudy Perales and Sean Pearce. Rensselaer's Adam LoGiudice, Andrew Teichman and Corey Ingram were also selected, as were Jim Henry and Andy Laskowski of Hamilton and Tripp Bartlett and Tim Loveless of St. Lawrence.

Clarkson grabbed the lead just five minutes into the opening quarter and then doubled it six minutes later for a 2-0 bulge after the first quarter. AJ Heiligman scored at 10:10, on an assist from Matthew Owen, and Patrick Ryan tallied at 4:34 for the two-goal lead.

Following a Golden Knights' goal by Mike McKenna at 14:11 of the second quarter, Rensselaer's LoGiudice scored two minutes later to cut the Red Hawks' deficit to 3-1. Pearce put Clarkson back ahead by three goals when he took a pass from McKenna and ripped a shot from the 30-yard line with 7:35 left in the first half. LoGiudice tallied his second of the game on an assist from Ingram with 47 seconds left in the second quarter and RPI trailed 4-2 at halftime.

McKenna's second goal of the game, which came just two minutes into the third quarter, put Clarkson ahead, 5-2, but Rensselaer's Nick Culotti answered under a minute later. A man-up goal by Ryan Frisch pulled RPI to within one goal with 10:27 left in the third quarter. Ryan Bodkin's goal with 6:59 left in the quarter put Clarkson back ahead by two goals, 6-4. Owen picked up his second assist of the game. A man-up goal by Owen 3:51 later put the Knights ahead 7-4 after three quarters. Jim Lavelle set up Owen, who scored from the left side of the net.

RPI's Lucas Ruglis opened the fourth quarter scoring with an unassisted goal from the right side of the net 2:48 into the stanza. Ruglis scored again with 3:44 left in the quarter before Pearce tallied his second of the game less than a minute later for the final margin.

The announcement of the NCAA Tournament field will take place tonight at 8:30pm on CSTV.