In a tight, defensive game, the Clarkson University Lacrosse team came up short as visiting Plattsburgh State held off the Golden Knights for a 9-7 victory under the lights at Hantz Turf Field on Friday night.
Clarkson, at 5-7 overall, will look to put a halt to a seven-game skid when it hosts Bard College on Saturday at 12 noon.
The Knights came out strong against Plattsburgh (10-5) taking a 2-0 first-quarter lead and extending it to 3-0 midway through the second frame. The Cardinals got back into the contest with two goals to close out the half and then opened the third quarter with their third goal to tie the game. Clarkson got back on the scoreboard with junior's Jack Dowst's (Weare, NH) goal to take a 4-3 lead with 10:37 remaining in the quarter. Plattsburgh, however, ran off three consecutive tallies to hold a 6-4 advantage after 45 minutes.
Junior Mark Nortz (Lowville, NY) pulled the Green and Gold to within one to start the final quarter, but the Cardinals went on another three-goal run to take a 5-9 lead with 3:30 to play. Nortz and junior Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) scored in the final minute, but time ran out before Clarkson could score again.
Gold and Nortz connected for two goal apiece to pace the Knights offensively. Senior Peter Goss (Jamesville, NY) and junior Tyler Tomeny (Marcellus, NY) also tallied goals for Clarkson. Plattsburgh's Tom Duggan led all scorers with three goals.
The Knights outshot Plattsburgh 35-30 and held a 20-19 edge in ground balls. Junior Dylan Broomfield (Clinton, NY) won 10-of-18 faceoffs. Senior defenseman Rick Clement (Cotuit, MA) picked up five ground balls.
Freshman Nick Strandholm (Happy Valley, OR) posted eight saves in the Clarkson goal.