A young Clarkson University Lacrosse team came into its own on Wednesday evening in Canton, NY as the Golden Knights posted one of the program’s biggest wins in recent years with a 9-7 victory over archrival St. Lawrence University.
Freshman goaltender Ryan Cole (Orchard Park, NY) posted 19 saves and five different Knights scored goals as Clarkson snapped a six-game losing skid to the Saints. The Green and Gold dominated the start of the Liberty League contest, jumping out to a 6-0 first-quarter lead, and then held off St. Lawrence over the remaining 45 minutes to gain their first win on the Saints’ home turf since 2004. Clarkson's victory also snapped SLU's 22-game winning streak at North Country Field.
Liberty League Rookie of the Week, freshman Matt McCabe (Syracuse, NY) paced the Clarkson offense with three goals. Junior Mitch Collins (Baldwinsville, NY) and sophomore Matt Cyr (Cheshire, CT) tallied two goals apiece, while junior Tyler Long (Liverpool, NY) and sophomore Eric Gollands (Chelmsford, MA) both added a goal.
Scott Smith led St. Lawrence (6-4, 1-2) with a game-high four goals.
Cole, who improved his record to 3-3, recorded nine of his 19 saves in the first half as the Knights held a 7-2 lead at the break. McCabe and Collins scored twice in the opening 15 minutes, while Gollands and Long connected for one goal each to give the Green and Gold a 6-0 lead with 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Saints scored a pair of goals around McCabe’s third tally of the game in the second quarter to gain some momentum.
St. Lawrence outscored the Knights 5-2 in the second half, but a pair of goals by Cyr, one in the third and one in the fourth, over the final 30 minutes proved to be the difference. Cyr’s second goal of the game came with 4:36 remaining and gave Clarkson a 9-6 lead. St. Lawrence scored a man-up goal with 1:50 left, but could not pull any closer.
St. Lawrence outshot the Knights 44-28 and held a 30-26 edge in groundballs. Clarkson, behind a strong effort from junior Jon Furgal (New Hartford, NY) (12-18), controlled the faceoffs 12-20.
Junior Mike Simmons (Clinton, CT) picked up a team-high four groundballs. Senior defenseman Evan Renwick (Wappingers Falls, NY) recorded two caused turnovers.
The Knights were 0-4 in extra-man opportunities, while the Saints were 1-of-3.
Clarkson, which has won three of its last four games, owns a 3-9 overall record and a 2-1 Liberty League mark. The Knights host conference foe Hamilton College on Saturday night in a 7:00 p.m. game under the lights at Hantz Turf Field.