Clearwater, Fla. – For the second straight year, Clark University erased a fourth quarter deficit with three straight fourth quarter goals to stun DeSales University, 10-9, in non-league lacrosse action on Tuesday evening at David Martin Fields.
Jon Spencer (Hollis, N.H.) then set up Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) for the game-winning goal, which he deposited in the back of the net with nine seconds left to play – his third score of the contest.
The scenario is eerily similar to the Scarlet and White's victory over the Bulldogs in Clearwater a season ago. Down 11-10 late in the fourth quarter, Clark scored the game's final three goals, including the final two in 4:23 to knock off DeSales.
Tonight's game saw the Cougars fall behind early and after one period the Scarlet and White were down 4-2, despite goals from Ryan Moore (East Hartford, Conn.) and Holden.
Clark made it a one goal game early in the second period when faceoff man Ryan Marsh (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) notched his first collegiate marker.
The Bulldogs answered back with two goals late in the period to give them some breathing room, taking a 6-3 advantage into halftime.
Both teams had two goals in the third period, including DeSales' Ryan Loughlin recording his third of the game and Ryan Rowse netting his second. For the Cougars, meanwhile, it was a pair of freshmen – Johnson and John Goracy (Lumberton, N.J.) who kept Clark within striking distance with a goal apiece in the frame.
The Scarlet and White then erupted in the fourth, outscoring the Bulldogs 5-1 in the final 15 minutes. Johnson started the scoring in the quarter with help from Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) and then turned the tables as the playmaker, setting up Holden's first of back-to-back goals that ignited the game-winning goal stretch.
Johnson finished with three goals and two assists, while Holden recorded his sixth career hat trick.
Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) made 12 saves in goal for the Cougars, who are now 2-0 for the second straight season.
Clark is off until Friday when they face off against Misericordia University at 6:30 p.m.