Skidmore vs. Clarkson
May 4, 2007
The Game Story:
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.--- The Skidmore College men's lacrosse team beat Clarkson University 9-6 in the Liberty League semifinals, Friday afternoon at Wachnehiem Field.

After an 0-5 start, the 7-7 Thoroughbreds will travel to sixth ranked St. Lawrence University for Sunday's 12 p.m. championship game. The Golden Knights finish at 6-10.

Rob LutinIn a tight contest, neither team could open up more than a two-goal lead until Skidmore put together a 4-0 run that started with the last three goals of the third quarter and ended with the first goal of the fourth.

Tom Levesque (Duxbury, Mass.) gave the Thoroughbreds a 5-4 lead with 10:49 to play in the third. Clarkson won the faceoff and Tom Ross (Adams, N.Y.) sent Greg Gibbons (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) in to tie it 10 seconds later, 5-5.

Skidmore regrouped and scored the next four goals to take a 9-5 lead. Nick Coppola (Basking Ridge, N.J.) scored at 7:33 and Micah Hawes-Sivitz (Conway, Mass.) scored his team-high 32nd of the season at 6:30. Pat Cronin (West Hartford, Conn.) converted a nice pass from Cory Barkoff (Syosset, N.Y.) to close out the third. Joe Tynan (Chapel Hill, N.C.) finished the run at 8:47 of the fourth.

The Thoroughbreds were able to control play for the rest of the contest, with Clarkson's Eric Herzig (Amherst, N.Y.) sneaking one in from Gibbons with 14 seconds to play for the 9-6 final.

Hawes-Sivitz, Rob Lutin (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Tynan scored two goals each, while Coppola had a goal and three assists.

Ross had two goals and two assists for Clarkson.

Skidmore defender Scott Grillo had eight ground balls, while Corey O'Connor won 13 of 18 faceoffs for the Golden Knights.

John Capitani (Garden City, N.Y.) had 15 saves in goal for the Thoroughbreds, including seven in the first quarter. Eric Wolery (Cincinnati, Ohio) also had 15 saves for Clarkson.

Skidmore will be playing in its third Liberty League championship game. The Thoroughbreds won the 2005 championship.