Junior Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) tallied a game-high four points on two goals and two assists as the Clarkson University Lacrosse team closed out its home schedule with a 7-4 victory over Bard College at Hantz Turf Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights, who broke out of a four-game skid with the victory over the Raptors, will close out the 2014 campaign on the road next Saturday at Liberty League foe Vassar College. Clarkson owns a 6-7 overall record and a 0-5 league mark.
Tied 1-1 against Bard (5-7) after the opening 15 minutes, the Knights went on a six-goal run over the next two quarters to take command. The Green and Gold outscored the Raptors 3-0 in the second quarter for a 4-1 halftime lead, and then tacked on three more scores in the third fame for a 7-1 lead through 45 minutes. Bard closed out the game with the only three goals in the final period.
Senior Peter Goss (Jamesville, NY) also had a big game on Clarkson's Senior Day with two goals. Classmate James Wright (Cazenovia, NY) tallied a goal and two assists. Freshman Ryan St. Croix (Camillus, NY) chipped in a goal and an assist and junior Mark Nortz (Lowville, NY) added a goal.
Mat Livermore and DJ Peters scored two goals each for Bard.
The Knights outshot the Raptors 46-15 and controlled ground balls 40-20. Junior Dylan Broomfield (Clinton, NY) dominated at the "X" with 13 faceoff wins to go along with a game-high 11 ground balls. Senior Rick Clement (Cotuit, MA) had another strong game on defense with four caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Freshman Nick Strandholm (Happy Valley, OR) picked up the win in the Clarkson goal with six saves, including three in the first quarter.
The Knights went 2-of-2 on man-up opportunities with Gold connecting both times early in the second quarter off assists from Wright.