Knights men's lacrosse edges Lakers 11-9
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:09 am

OSWEGO, N.Y. - Balanced scoring guided the Clarkson University Men's Lacrosse team by the Oswego State Lakers 11-9 on Tuesday afternoon.

The Golden Knights improved to 5-3 on the season and will next host Liberty League foe Union College on Saturday at 12:00 at Hantz Turf Field. The Lakers fall toMatthew Gold scored the first two goals of the game for Clarkson against Oswego State - photo by Tommy Szarka.Matthew Gold scored the first two goals of the game for Clarkson against Oswego State - photo by Tommy Szarka. 4-3 on the season.

Freshman Ryan DaRin (Manlius, NY) took a pass from junior Mark Nortz (Lowville, NY) and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 8:49 to play in the fourth quarter. The score game after Oswego scored four goals over a six-minute stretch between the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 9-9.

The Lakers got on the scoreboard first just over a minute into the game, but the Knights responded three straight goals to take the 3-1 lead after the first quarter. Junior Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) scored the first two goals for Clarkson, and classmate Tyler Tomeny (Marcellus, NY) added a goal with less than two minutes to play in the quarter to extend the lead.

Nortz would add to the lead for the Green and Gold minutes into the second quarter, and junior Robert Linder (Marcellus, NY) and senior James Wright (Cazenovia, NY) would also score before halftime. The Lakers would strike three times in the second, but Clarkson would take the 6-4 lead into the half. Junior goalkeeper Harrison Washuta (Maple Grove, MN) recorded four saves in the first 30 minutes.

Linder would continue the scoring trend just over a minute into the third quarter with an assist from freshman Ryan St. Croix (Camillus, NY), and Nortz would stretch the Clarkson lead to 8-4 with his second goal of the game with six minutes remaining in the third. An Oswego goal would cut the lead to 8-5 but junior Jack Dowst (Weare, NH) scored to put the Knights ahead 9-5. The Lakers would score three times over the final 3:15 to cut the lead to 9-8, including a goal with six seconds remaining, after three periods.

Another Oswego goal would tie the game, but DaRin would give the Knights the lead for good and Wright would add another goal 34 seconds later to put Clarkson ahead 11-9. Washuta surrendered five goals in three periods and recorded seven saves to pick up the victory. Oswego dominated the draw, winning 19 of 23 in the game, but 22 turnovers by the Lakers proved too much to overcome.