Cazenovia vs. Clark
March 8, 2007
The Game Story:
HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Clark University men’s lacrosse team escaped the winter cold of Upstate New York with an 8-4 win over Cazenovia College at the Colgate University field in Hamilton, N.Y., on Thursday afternoon.

Clark, playing in its first game of the season, improves to 1-0 on the year. The Wildcats, who failed to convert on seven extra-man advantages, fall to 0-2 with the loss.

Clark’s first-year players took control of the game as Garrett McAdam (Portland, Me.) netted five goals, J.C. Tsagarakis (Stonington, Conn.) had two, and Nick Olear (West Hartford, Conn.) tallied a single goal. First-year defender Tim Cole (Perskasie, Pa.) had seven groundballs and a key save late in the game.

The first quarter was tight as Cazenovia and Clark alternated goals. Clark’s second goal, which came at the 1:23 mark, put the Cougars up 2-1. The goal was unassisted by McAdam. McAdam would go on and score Clark’s two goals in the second period and five goals in the game. McAdam finished with a game-high five points on a game-high nine shots.

Cazenovia rallied in the final two minutes of the second stanza thanks to goals from Jonathan Rodak (’08, Howell, N.J. / Monsignor Donovan, HS) and Zach Hooker (’09, Glens Falls, N.Y. / Glens Falls HS) with 1:14 on the clock and 0:19 on the clock, respectively, to bring the score to 4-3, in favor of Clark, at the half. Rodak, who scored in the first period and added a third goal in the fourth stanza, finished the game with a team-high four points. Rodak now leads the Wildcats with three goals on the season.

The second half opened with Cazenovia failing to convert on four third-period Clark penalties. Cazenovia was 0-for-7 in the game, with the extra-man advantage, and is now 0-for-11 on the season with the extra-man. Clark finished the game with seven penalties for 6:00 total minutes of penalty time.

Clark, after killing the penalties, went on to bolster its lead with two goals in the third period and two goals in the fourth stanza. Clark’s second third-period goal was with the man advantage. The Cougars were 1-for-2 with the extra man. Cazenovia scored its final goal of the game in the fourth quarter to bring the final score to 8-4.

As a team, Cazenovia won 12-of-18 faceoffs. Sophomore Chris Lamb (’09, Ottawa, Ont. / Holy Trinity Catholic HS) was 8-for-13 in the circle for Cazenovia. Freshman Fabian Gareth (’10, Randolph, Vt. / Randolph-Union HS) was 4-of-5 in faceoff opportunities for the Wildcats.

Cazenovia, in the second period especially, had trouble clearing the ball. Cazenovia was just 3-for-7 in clears attempted in the second quarter and converted just 60 percent of its clearing attempts on the day.

Tyler Campbell (’09, Portland, Ore. / Lincoln, HS) did a great job in goal for the Cougars. Campbell, who got the win and moves to 1-0 on the season, made eleven saves and led Clark with a team-high eight groundballs. Erik Tice (’09, Leeds, N.Y. / Cario-Durham HS) finished the game with 13 saves and falls to 0-2 on the year. Cazenovia’s Gareth finished with a game-high nine ground balls for Cazenovia.

Clark will face New England College at Southern New Hampshire University next Thursday at 7 p.m.

(Courtesy of Cazenovia Sports Information)