Bartlett scores game-winner in double overtime for Knights men's lax
Potsdam, NY – Sophomore Conor Bartlett returned from a first half injury to score two of the final goals for the Clarkson University Men's Lacrosse team, including the game-winner in double overtime, to help lead the Golden Knights earn an 10-9 victory over Plattsburgh State on Tuesday evening at Hantz Turf Field.
The win pushed the Golden Knights to 2-0 on the young season while the Cardinals fell to 1-2 in 2018. Clarkson will face top ranked RIT in the Liberty League opener on Saturday afternoon in Rochester, NY.Bartlett scored what looked like a game-winning goal late in regulation, ripping a shot past Cardinals goalkeeper Austin Graham, but Plattsburgh knotted the game up at 9-9 with just 11 ticks left on the clock. Clarkson enjoyed possession for much of the two overtime sessions, but couldn't end things until Bartlett went around the Cardinals defense and took a left-handed shot from about 18 feet out with only 1:49 to go in the second extra session.
The game didn't look like it was going to be a close affair in the early going, as the Knights were up 3-0 16 minutes into the contest. Plattsburgh finally solved Clarkson keeper Colin Holt at 8:21 when Billy Moller scored, but it was the final three minutes of the second period that the Cardinals came back to tie the game at 4-4. Moller scored again, Kevin Litchauer found the net with 30 seconds to go, and Chris Rupp scored on a last second bouncer to end the half.
Clarkson enjoyed a three-goal lead twice early in the second quarter, but after the Cardinals tied the game at the half, neither team would ever lead by more than a goal for the rest of the contest. In the fourth quarter, Sam Groves and Shane Kilday scored goals just a minute apart to put the Knights up 8-7. It was likely that no one in the crowd thought that Kilday's goal would hold up, and a flurry of scores late proved that accurate. Ryan Hubbard scored an unassisted goal with 2:19 to go to tie things up at 8-8, and Bartlett scored with 44 seconds to go to put the Knights back up 9-8. However, Hubbard found Billy Moller with 11 seconds left to tie the game once again. Clarkson won the next faceoff but couldn't get a shot off before time expired.
At the end of the first overtime, Plattsburgh appeared to be in a position to win the game when Kevin Litchauer found an opening and got a good look, but Holt made an outstanding save on a low shot. Trevor Borchardt then covered up the groundball to make sure that a second extra session would be needed, setting up Bartlett's double-overtime heroics.
Both Kilday and Mark Uhlig finished with three points on two goals and an assist while Bartlett scored twice. Uhlig and Ryan Gabriel each recorded six groundballs, Borchardt had four groundballs, and four caused turnovers. For Plattsburgh, Moller had four goals and Hubbard added three points on two goals and an assist. Kyle Smith produced five groundballs and two caused turnovers and Chris Rupp recorded four groundballs, two caused turnovers and a goal.
Clarkson and the Cardinals each had 35 shots. Holt finished with 11 saves for the Knights and Graham made 12 saves for Plattsburgh.