Junior Corey Herrington (Camillus, NY) led the way offensively with three scores and classmate Harrison Washuta (Maple Grove, MN) back stopped the defense in goal with nine saves as the Clarkson University Lacrosse team defeated Potsdam State 9-8 under sunny skies at Hantz Turf Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The Golden Knights, who improved their record to 2-1, will now head south for two non-league games in Florida before opening Liberty League play at Rochester Institute of Technology on March 22.
Clarkson started out strong to begin the game with consecutive goals by juniors Mark Nortz (Lowville, NY), Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) and Herrington for a 3-0 lead with six minutes left in the opening quarter. Potsdam (2-1) answered back with three straight goals to tie the contest early in the second quarter. The rivals then traded two goals apiece, with Herrington connecting both times for Clarkson, to close out the first half for a 5-5 score.
The Knights dominated the third quarter outscoring Potsdam 4-1 in the period for a 9-6 advantage after 45 minutes. Gold opened the half, scoring just 47 seconds in after a faceoff win by junior Dylan Broomfield (Clinton, NY). Freshman Ryan St. Croix (Camillus, NY) tallied both his goals in the third quarter, including the game-winner, while freshman Tyler Tomeny (Marcellus, NY) scored his first collegiate goal.
The Bears rallied in the final quarter with a pair of goals to make in a one-goal game with 3:43 remaining. Potsdam pushed to tie the game, but Washuta made a point-blank save on the Bear's leading scorer, Jon Woodworth, with 1:21 left to keep Clarkson in the lead. The Knights controlled the ground ball and ran out the clock to preserve their seventh straight win over their crosstown rivals.
Clarkson held a slim edge in shots, 37-36 and controlled ground balls, 26-15.
Broomfield dominated at X, winning 14-of-21 face-offs, including a 6-for-6 effort in the third quarter. Broomfield also led the Green and Gold in ground balls with seven. Sophomore Ben Paprocki (Baldwinsville, NY) picked up five.
Nortz finished with three points (1-2) for Clarkson.
Woodworth lead Potsdam with three goals and five ground balls.