Knights men's lacrosse edged out by RPI
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 6:04 am

Clarkson's Class of 2018 (l-r): Mathew Milne, Michael Nourse, Brendan Brady, Sam Groves, Mark Uhlig, Brett Mazza

A valiant effort on Senior Day came up just short for the Clarkson University Men's Lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon as the Golden Knights fell by one to 17th-ranked Rensselaer, 12-11 in Liberty League action at Hantz Turf Field.

Clarkson played the nationally-ranked Engineers even throughout the game and held an 11-9 lead with just over four minutes to play, but RPI rattled off the last three goals to pull out the one-goal victory on the road. Cliff Kigar scored the final two goals for the visitors, tying game with a man-up tally with 1:30 remaining and then connecting for the game-winner with just 33 seconds left on the clock.

Junior Shane Kilday led the Knights with three goals. Senior Sam Groves and sophomore Conor Bartlett tallied two goals apiece. Seniors Mark Uhlig and Mathew Milne, and junior Brett Brillhart and sophomore Tanner Cioffi added one goal each.

Clarkson and RPI traded two goals apiece in the first quarter, and both added four more goals in the second stanza for a 6-6 tie at the half. The Engineers outscored the Green and Gold 3-2 in the third quarter to hold a 9-8 lead through 45 minutes.

The Knights answered back with the first three goals of the fourth quarter to go on top 11-9. Kilday scored twice in a 30-second span midway through the period and Bartlett connected with 4:22 remaining to give Clarkson a two-goal lead.

RPI outshot the Knights 40-34, while Clarkson controlled groundballs 29-21. Sophomore Derek Beatty picked up a game-high six groundballs

Sophomore Ryan Gabriel continued his dominant play at the X, winning 17 of 25 faceoffs while also recording five groundballs.

Sophomore Colin Holt made 12 saves in the Clarkson goal.

Clarkson, at 6-7 overall and 3-4 in the Liberty League, closes out the regular season playing at Ithaca on Wednesday. RPI won its fourth straight to improve to 12-2 overall and to 6-1 in the league.