April 13, 2013

Wasson Nets Five As Cougars Roar Past Regis, 13-6

Weston, Mass. – Visiting Clark University got five goals from Jeffrey Wasson (Buckhorn, Ontario) and the Cougars equaled the program record for wins in a season with a workman-like 13-6 win over Pilgrim League newcomer Regis College on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Clark now has seven wins in its first 11 games, matching the win total for the 2006 team that went 7-8. The Pride meanwhile, sees its record dip to 4-8 overall and 0-3 in conference action.

Down 2-0 early on in the first quarter, the Cougars scored six unanswered goals to take control of the contest.

Jacob Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) finally put the Cougars on the board before the end of the first quarter, as Rob Holden (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scooped up a groundball and found a cutting Maselek to knife the deficit in half.

Ryan Moore (West Hartford, Conn.) tied the game at 2-2 with a laser shot from 15 yards out that beat Regis keeper Morgan Ford (Smyrna, Ga.). After a Regis possession, Alex Turgeon (Holden, Mass.) took the ball on the ensuing clear attempt and cut his way through the Pride defense and buried a bounce shot for his first collegiate goal to give the Cougars their first lead of the game at 3-2.

A mere 38 seconds later, Wasson came around the Regis net and hit a running low shot to put Clark on top 4-2. Wasson scored again with 1:04 remaining in the quarter on a feed from Holden, and Holden ended the quarter with his first score of the game to give Clark the 6-2 lead headed into the half.

Regis' Chris Campbell (South Hadley, Mass.) answered with a goal to open the third quarter, taking a pass on the goal line from Nicky Rodrigo and beating Clark's Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) top shelf to make it a 6-3 game.

Nick Figliola (Weston, Conn.) put the Cougars back on top by four when his shot attempt was knocked down, but trickled past Ford and into the back of the net for the goal.

Rodrigo scored his second goal of the game to cut the deficit to 7-4, but Clark scored five-straight goals over the next eight minutes to take a commanding 12-4 lead.

Turgeon and Jacob Maselek scored the first two goals of the run before Wasson netted three-straight tallies for the Cougars.

Campbell ended the streak as he got a shot off with only one second showing on the clock that found the back of the net as the Pride entered the fourth quarter trailing 12-5.

Maselek put the Cougars on top 13-5 and on the ensuing face-off, and then the Pride's Andrew Goldberg (Solebury, Pa.) drew two defenders and slipped a pass to Rodrigo. Rodrigo then hit Matt Vogan (Belmont, Mass.) with a quick pass and Vogan beat Ranta 1-on-1 to make it a 13-6 game. Neither offense threatened much over the final seven-plus minutes as the Cougars held on for the 13-6 win.

Clark outshot the Pride at a 44-30 clip and also held a 35-34 edge in groundballs. The Cougars committed only 14 turnovers compared to Regis' 26 and Clark was a perfect 19-for-19 on clear attempts.

Rodrigo led the Pride offense with four points on a pair of goals and two assists. Chris Campbell added a pair of scores as well, while Peter Leighton and Vogan added the other goals for the Pride.

Ford suffered the setback, while making a season-high 18 saves on the day.

In addition to Wasson, Maselek added a hat-trick for the visitors. Maselek and Wasson also led the Cougars with five groundballs apiece, while Zach Duffy (Wakefield, Mass.) had a team-high three caused turnovers and Ranta improves to 7-4 on the season, allowing six goals and making five stops.

Clark will be back in action on Wednesday when take on Springfield College on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.