Worcester, Mass. – Clark University scored the game's first seven goals and never looked back, racing to an impressive 15-3 win over visiting Maine Maritime Academy on Wednesday evening in non-league men's lacrosse action.
The win for the Cougars was led by the offensive exploits of sophomore Jeffrey Wasson (Buckhorn, Ontario) who scored a career-high six goals and junior Nick Figliola (Weston, Conn.) who recorded a career-best four markers.
The 15 goals for Clark are the second-most under head coach Jeff Cohen and are the most the Cougars have scored since the 2010 season. Clark improves to 9-0 under Cohen when they score ten goals or more.
Figliola got the Cougars on the board 12 seconds into the game when he took a feed from Winslow and found the back of the net.
Johnson added an unassisted marker less than three minutes later and then Wasson registered his first on the man-up advantage at the 10:04 of the first.
Winslow set up Johnson less than a minute later and Graham Werner (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) made it 5-0 less than halfway through the first period.
Wasson and Winslow connected for the first goal of the second period and then Werner setup Jonah Bass (Amherst, Mass.) for the 7-0 lead.
Andrew DiSalvo (Glastonbury, Conn.) finally got the Mariners on the board on a man-up advantage with help from Alex Hermes (Fallsington, Pa.).
The Cougars responded with a three goals in the final six minutes of the half as Figliola scored a man-down marker and then another even strength goal less than a minute apart.
Wasson ended the half with his third goal, making the score 10-1 after the first two periods.
Any thoughts of a Mariner comeback were quickly quelled when Johnson set up Figliola a little more than a minute into the third and then Werner and Wasson each notched unassisted markers, making the score 13-1.
DiSalvo found Tom Houle (Manchester, N.H.) for Maine Maritime's second goal and Wasson ended the frame with his fifth goal of the contest.
Each team got a single goal in the fourth with Brian Corain (Berwick, Maine) getting the Mariners' tally and Wasson wrapping up the scoring on a man-up scenario.
MMA netminder Gavin Cote (Arundel, Maine) turned back 11 shots, as Clark peppered him with 38 shots.
Clark (3-2) will return to action on Saturday when they host UMass-Boston at 7:00 p.m., while the Mariners will look for their first win under new head coach Adam Sherman on Saturday against New England College.