An early lead on the road would not hold up for the Clarkson University Lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon as the Golden Knights suffered an 11-9 loss to Skidmore College in Liberty League action in Saratoga Springs.
Clarkson held a 5-2 lead after the opening 30 minutes, but Skidmore (4-8, 1-3) outscored the Knights 9-4 in the second half, including a 4-1 margin in the fourth quarter.
Trailing by three goals entering the third quarter, the Thoroughbreds tallied the first three goals of the second half to tie the game at 5-5 with 11 minutes to play in the period. Clarkson then struck for three quick goals, with junior Robert Linder (Marcellus, NY) scoring twice and freshman Ryan DaRin (Manlius, NY) netting one, to grab an 8-5 advantage with 8:22 left in the third. Skidmore came back with a pair of man-up tallies to make it an 8-7 game through 45 minutes.
The Thoroughbreds connected again with the man advantage early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 8-8. Senior Peter Goss (Jamesville, NY) scored his second goal of the day to put Clarkson back on top, 9-8, with 7:43 remaining. That was it, however, for the Green and Gold as Skidmore rattled off three consecutive scores to close out the game, capping it off with its fourth man-up marker with 2:17 left.
Clarkson outshot the home team 28-24 and controlled ground balls 26-18. The Knights were 0-of-1 in extra man opportunities, while Skidmore made the most of its chances, going 4-of-5.
Kevin Mulvey led Skidmore with a game-high five goals and seven assists.
Goss, Linder and DaRin paced the Knights on offense with two goals and one assist apiece. Freshman Ryan St. Croix (Camillus, NY) added one goal and one assist, while junior Jack Dowst (Weare, NH) and sophomore JR Campbell (Saratoga Springs, NY) contributed one goal each.
Junior Dylan Broomfield (Clinton, NY) was strong at the X, winning 17 faceoffs and picking up a game-high none groundballs.
Freshman Nick Strandholm (Happy Valley, OR) started in goal for Clarkson and made three saves on five shots. Junior Harrison Washuta (Maple Grove, MN) played the final 30 minutes in the Knights' goal and had two saves on 11 shots.
Clarkson will look to snap a three-game losing skid when it hosts Plattsburgh State on Friday, followed by its final home game of the year next Saturday against Bard College. The Knights own a 5-6 overall record and are 0-5 in the Liberty League