Skidmore vs. Clarkson
April 25, 2009
The Game Story:
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-- The Skidmore College men's lacrosse team beat Clarkson University 16-10 to grab the second seed and a home playoff game in next week's Liberty League tournament.

The Thoroughbreds finish the regular season 9-5 overall and 4-2 in the Liberty League. The Golden Knights are 9-4 and 4-2. Skidmore wins the head-to-head tiebreaker and will host Clarkson on May 1 at a time to be announced. St. Lawrence is seeded first and will host fourth seed Union College. The championship game will be played May 3 at the highest remaining seed.

It was a defensive battle for the first half, with the Thoroughbreds holding a 4-3 lead after two quarters. Skidmore's offense came alive with four straight goals to open the third quarter to make it 8-3. Tom Levesque (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) scored the first two goals and Nick Coppola (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) and Ben Cornell (Natick, Mass./Middlesex) each scored. Bryan Huff (Hillsborough, N.J.) got one back for Clarkson with 4:59 to play in the third to cut the lead to four, 8-4. Cornell and Cory Barkoff (Woodbury, N.Y./Syosset) scored consecutive goals to open the lead back to six, 10-4. Tom Ross (Adams, N.Y.) closed the third-quarter scoring with a goal for Clarkson.

Coppola, the national assist leader, set-up the first three goals of the fourth quarter to put Skidmore in front 13-5. Clarkson didn't quit, responding with a three-goal run of its own to close to within five, 13-8, but that was as close as the Golden Knights would get.

Cornell finished with a season-high five goals. Matt Levesque (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) had two goals and two assists, while Coppola had a goal and five assists. Ryan Paradis (Brookside, N.J./Morristown-Beard) went 12-3 on faceoffs and had a game-high eight ground balls. Jacques Ward (New York, N.Y./Governors Acad.) had a goal, six ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Ross lead Clarkson with four goals, while Greg Gibbons added two goals. Chris Gavitt had five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Skidmore goalie Flip Bongaerts (Summerland, Calif./New Caanan) had a season-high 16 saves, including nine in the first half. John Szvoren and Pat Sweeney had five saves each for Clarkson.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
2009 Skidmore College Men's Lacrosse
CLARKSON vs Skidmore College (Apr 25, 2009 at Saratoga Springs, NY)

CLARKSON (9-4, 4-2 Liberty) vs. Skidmore College (9-5, 4-2 Liberty)
Date: Apr 25, 2009 Location: Saratoga Springs, NY Stadium: Wachenheim Field
Attendance:645 Start time:7 pm End time:8:55 Total time:1:55

CLARKSON............ 2 1 2 5 - 10
Skidmore College.... 2 2 6 6 - 16

CLARKSON SCORING: GOALS: Tom Ross 4; Greg Gibbons 2; Brian Hoey 1; Jon
Cathcart 1; Tyler Long 1; Bryan Huff 1.
ASSISTS: Brian Hoey 1; Mike Ross 1.

Skidmore College SCORING: GOALS: Ben Cornell 5; Matt Levesque 2; Tom
Levesque 2; Nick Coppola 1; Cory Barkoff 1; Jacques Ward 1; Rob Lutin
1; Alex Giaimo 1; Scott Grillo 1; Jeremy Goldman 1.
ASSISTS: Nick Coppola 5; Matt Levesque 2; Cory Barkoff 1.

CLARKSON GROUND BALLS: Chris Gavitt 5; Mike Perkins 4; Evan Renwick 4;
Andrew Liptak 3; Jon Furgal 2; Bryan Huff 2; Tom Ross 2; Cory
Schneider 2; John Szvoren 2; John Weinhold 2; Kyle Alexander 1;
Richard Bradshaw 1; Matt Cyr 1; Greg Gibbons 1; Brian Hoey 1; Pat
Kilday 1; Andrew Kott 1; Mike Ross 1.

Skidmore College GROUND BALLS: Ryan Paradis 8; Jacques Ward 6; Scott
Grillo 5; Chris Tennekoon 5; Cory Barkoff 4; Nick Coppola 3; David
Leibovitz 3; Ben Cornell 2; Mike Torpe 2; Alex Baharestani 1; Alex
Giaimo 1; Matt Levesque 1.

CLARKSON TURNOVERS CAUSED: Chris Gavitt 3; Kyle Alexander 1; Richard
Bradshaw 1; Andrew Liptak 1; Tom Ross 1; John Weinhold 1.
Skidmore College TURNOVERS CAUSED: Jacques Ward 3; Mike Torpe 2; Alex
Baharestani 1; Cory Barkoff 1; Chris Tennekoon 1.

SHOTS - CLARKSON 37; Skidmore College 39.
SHOTS ON GOAL - CLARKSON 26; Skidmore College 26.

PENALTIES - CLARKSON 2/2:00; Skidmore College 2/1:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - CLARKSON 1-2; Skidmore College 1-2.

TURNOVERS - CLARKSON 20; Skidmore College 26.

FACEOFFS - CLARKSON 11-30; Skidmore College 19-30.

CLEARS - CLARKSON 26-28; Skidmore College 23-27.

GOALIES - CLARKSON: Pat Sweeney (21:01 minutes, 13 shots-5 saves, 8
GA) , John Szvoren 9-4 (38:59, 13-5, 8); SKIDMORE: Flip Bongaerts 9-4
(60:00, 26-16, 10).

Start time: 7 pm Finish time: 8:55 Length of game: 1:55

A-645 T-1:55
Skidmore will host Clarkson in Liberty semifinals on May 1.