A strong stand by the Clarkson University Lacrosse defense in the final minutes preserved a 13-12 victory for the Golden Knights over Oswego State in non-league action at Hantz Turf Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Golden Knights improved their record to 6-3 overall. The Green and Gold resume Liberty League play on Saturday when they travel to Schenectady to battle Union in a 5:00 p.m. contest.
Clarkson overcame a slow start to the second half against Oswego (6-2) and shut down the Lakers late in regulation to win its second straight one-goal game. Coming off two straight scores to make it a one-goal game at 13-12, Oswego controlled possession in the final two minutes, but the Knights did not allow the Lakers a shot on goal, and then sealed the win when sophomore defenseman J.D. St. Croix (Camillus, NY) forced an Oswego turnover with six seconds to play and picked up the ground ball to run out the clock.
After battling to a 1-1 first-quarter tie, the Knights seemed to take a comfortable 6-2 lead into the half. Oswego, however, rattled off five straight goals to start the second half to take a 7-6 lead with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter. Just seven seconds after the Lakers took the lead, however, sophomore Robert Linder (Marcellus, NY) answered back to tie the game, starting a three-goal Clarkson run.
Knotted at seven apiece to start the fourth quarter, The Knights went back on top with two quick goals by sophomores Corey Herrington (Camillus, NY) and Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) 28 seconds apart less than two minutes into the quarter to give the Green and Gold a 9-7 lead. Oswego outscored the Knights 5-4 down the stretch, but could not pull even.
Senior Brendon Shearin (Goffstown, NH), who scored three times in the opening 30 minutes, finished with a team-high four goals. Gold, who connected for the deciding goal with 6:33 remaining, giving Clarkson a 13-10 lead, tallied three goals and one assist. Linder also posted three goals. Senior Matt McCabe (Syracuse, NY), who recorded a game-high three assists, scored one goal along with Herrington and sophomore Mark Nortz (Lowville, NY).
Jimmy Gordon led the Oswego offense with four goals and two assists. Connor Khammar tallied three times for the Lakers, while Cody Hoose added two scores for the visitors.
Clarkson held a 35-24 shot advantage and controlled ground balls 30-25. Senior Ryan Cole (Orchard Park, NY) posted six saves, while Bryan Martin made nine stops in the Oswego net.
Sophomore Dylan Broomfield (Clinton, NY) was solid again on face offs, winning 14 while picking up a game-high 10 ground balls. St. Croix recorded six ground balls and caused three turnovers.