Knights men's lacrosse back to .500 with 9-6 victory over Vassar
Poughkeepsie, NY – Holding Vassar scoreless for a full thirty minutes in the middle of the game allowed the Clarkson University Men's Lacrosse team to turn a one-goal deficit into a four-goal advantage and the Golden Knights held on for a key 9-6 Liberty League victory on Saturday afternoon.
The win moved the Golden Knights back to .500 in both league play (3-3) and overall (6-6), while Vassar dropped to 2-10 and 1-5. Clarkson has two games remaining on the schedule, hosting Rensselaer next Saturday and then traveling to Ithaca on April 25.The two teams traded goals in the first 10 minutes of the opening quarter, with Evan Burgett finding Conor Bartlett for both Clarkson goals, but a Vassar score at 4:40 put the Brewers up 3-2. That was the last lead that the Brewers would enjoy as the Knights scored six straight goals, shutting out Vassar in the second quarter entirely and not allowing the Brewers to score again until the 4:10 mark of the third quarter. Between Vassar goals, Marcus Lavarnway recorded two goals and an assist, and Evan Burgett scored twice in the second quarter alone.
Once Vassar finally did get a shot past Clarkson goalkeeper Colin Holt, the Brewers slashed the lead down to two (7-5) by the end of the third. Mark Uhlig then found Conor Bartlett at 13:45 in the fourth to put the lead back at three goals. Vassar did trim the margin to two, but a key play late allowed Clarkson to hold off a comeback attempt. With less than two minutes to go, Vassar turned the ball over and Golden Knight defenseman Trevor Borchardt scooped up the groundball. Forty-four seconds later, Uhlig converted at the other end to return the advantage to three goals with just a minute left and Clarkson held on from there.
Burgett finished with four points on two goals and two assists while Lavarnway added three points. Bartlett also recorded three more goals to put his team-leading total to 26. Uhlig also chipped in two points in the fourth quarter. Ryan Gabriel won most of the battles on face offs, claiming 13 wins in 19 tries and picking up seven groundballs. Holt made seven saves in the Clarkson crease.
For Vassar, Mike Mullen and Dekker Stebel each accounted for two goals.