Bryan Huff looks for an open shot against Plattsburgh - photo by Gary Mikel

CU Falls in Overtime13-12 to Plattsburgh

Despite a late rally in regulation, the Clarkson University Lacrosse team’s bid for its first victory of the year fell just short as the Golden Knights lost 13-12 in overtime to Plattsburgh State at Hantz Turf Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Luke Flegar’s only goal of the day proved to be the game-winner as he tallied the deciding goal with 1:20 left in the sudden-death extra-session to lift the Cardinals (7-1) to their fourth straight victory.

Clarkson, which led for most of the first three quarters, fell behind 12-9 midway through the fourth quarter as Plattsburgh went on a seven-goal run. The Knights forced overtime by scoring the last three goals in regulation to tie the contest through 60 minutes of action.

Freshman Matt McCabe (Syracuse, NY), who scored two of Clarkson’s final three goals, led the Green and Gold with four points (3-1). Classmate Brendon Shearin (Goffstown, NH) tied the game at 12-12 with his lone goal of the day with 3:34 left in the fourth.

Clarkson jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the game and held a 4-1 advantage through the opening 15 minutes. Plattsburgh outscored the Knights 3-2 in the second quarter to cut Clarkson’s lead to 6-4 at the half. Both teams tallied three goals apiece in the third. The Cardinals outscored the Green and Gold 5-3 in the fourth.

Plattsburgh’s Kyle Norchi led all scorers with four goals and six points.

Sophomore Bryan Huff (Hillsborough, NJ) and freshman Jeff Sciera (DeWitt, NY) scored two goals apiece for the Knights. Juniors Mitch Collins (Baldwinsville, NY), and Evan Miles (Onondaga, NY), sophomore Ryan Esposito (Nanuet, NY) and freshman Jamie Stuhlinger (New Hartford, NY) each tallied a goal for Clarkson.

Plattsburgh outshot Clarkson 50-44, but the Knights held a 39-35 edge in ground balls. Freshman Ryan Cole (Orchard Park, NY) made 14 saves in the Clarkson goal and picked up a team-high 10 groundballs.

The Cardinals were 3-of-4 in man-up situations, while the Knights went scoreless in three extra-man opportunities.

At 0-8 overall, Clarkson will open Liberty League play on Saturday when it hosts Vassar College in a 12 noon game at Hantz Turf Field.

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