The Clarkson University Lacrosse team fell behind 3-0 in the opening five minutes against nationally-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology and could not recover as the fourth-rated Tigers handed the Golden Knights an 11-6 loss at Hantz Turf Field on Saturday afternoon in the Liberty League opener for both teams.
Clarkson, which saw its three-game win streak come to a close, owns a 4-2 overall record. The Knights open a two-game road trip on Wednesday when they play a non-league game at SUNY Plattsburgh. Clarkson resumes Liberty League play at Rensselaer on Saturday.
Winners of six straight RIT (6-1, 1-0) jumped out an early advantage on the road, taking a 3-0 lead 4:05 into the game. Clarkson got on the scoreboard when sophomore midfielder Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) scored with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter. Gold tallied again with his team-high 11th goal of the season early in the second quarter to make it 3-2. The Tigers answered back with two goals to gain a 5-2 lead with under 10 minutes remaining in the opening half. Once again the Knights responded with a pair of goals to make it a one-goal game with less than two minutes to play in the quarter. Junior attackman Peter Goss (Jamesville, NY) and senior Brendon Shearin (Goffstown, NH) scored to cut the deficit to 5-4, but that was as close as Clarkson would get as the visitors connected for six of the next seven goals.
With just 56 seconds left in the half, Kyle Aquin tallied his second goal of the game to give RIT a 6-4 lead after 30 minutes.
The Tigers outscored the Knights 3-1 in the third quarter to hold a 9-5 lead through 45 minutes. RIT scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to hold an 11-5 lead with 59 seconds remaining. Sophomore Attackman Corey Herrington (Camillus, NY) scored on the man-up with two seconds left off an assist from senior Matt McCabe (Syracuse, NY) for the final 11-6 score. For McCabe that was his 100th career point at Clarkson.
Gold and Herrington led the Knights offensively with two goals and one assist apiece. Jack Krzyston and Aquin paced a balanced RIT offense with three goals each.
RIT outshot the Green and Gold 44-30, and held a slight edge in ground balls, 26-22.