Skidmore vs. Clarkson
April 30, 2005
The Game Story:
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.--Charlie McNeil scored four goals and Tom
Spinella added three goals and an assist to lead the Skidmore College men~Rs
lacrosse team to 12-5 win over Clarkson University and the program~Rs first
Liberty League title.
The win was a program record 11th for the Thoroughbreds, who finish
with a perfect 6-0 mark in Liberty League play. Skidmore (11-2) will host
either St. Lawrence or Union on Friday at 4 p.m. in the Liberty League
semifinals. The opponent is dependant on Saturday night~Rs Union-RPI
contest.
The win was also the 200th career win for Thoroughbred coach Terry
Corcoran. Corcoran, in his ninth season at Skidmore, has compiled a
200-130 record in 22 seasons as a head coach.
Brendan Bellefeuille gave Skidmore a 1-0 lead at the 12:00 mark of
the first quarter. McNeil scored his first goal with 3:42 to play in the
quarter. Clarkson~Rs Jon Parks found the net with 2:26 to play, but McNeil
answered back 39 seconds later to make it 3-1.
The Thoroughbreds scored the next five goals for an 8-1 lead before
Brian Hanlon scored on a man-up goal with 11:59 to play in the third. Rich
Burritt cut the lead to five (8-3) at the 8:00 mark , but Skidmore shut the
door with four straight for a 12-3 lead. The Golden Knights scored a pair
in the final 90 seconds for the 12-5 final.
Skidmore~Rs defense, ranked second nationally, held a conference
opponent under seven goals for the fifth time in six games. James deGorter
had 10 saves and five ground balls for the Thoroughbreds.
Joe Zebrowski had 11 saves for Clarkson (4-2 Liberty, 7-6 overall).