Cougars Off To Historic Start After 12-7 Win

Clearwater, Fla. – For the first time in the 24-year history of the Clark University lacrosse program, the Cougars have started a season with three consecutive wins following their 12-7 triumph over Misericordia University on Friday evening at Joe DiMaggio Field.

The win for Clark (3-0) also gives head coach Jeff Cohen his 28th career victory – tying him for the most coaching wins in school history with his predecessor R. Evan Davis. While Davis accomplished the high water mark in seven seasons, Cohen, a former four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for the Cougars who has already won two league coach of the year awards, is in just his fifth year on the sidelines.

After falling behind 2-0, Clark ran off six straight goals to take control of the contest. The run started when Rob Holden (East Longmeadow, Mass.) fed John Goracy (Lumberton, N.J.) and then he tied the game with his first marker with help from Jon Spencer (Hollis, N.H.). The Cougars then took the lead for good when Ryan Moore (West Hartford, Conn.) ripped a shot from in close that whizzed into the back of the net.

Jonah Bass (Amherst, Mass.) recorded his first goal in nearly two seasons when he put Clark ahead 4-2 early in the second and then Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) got in on the act when he notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season midway through the frame sending the Cougars into halftime with a 5-2 lead.

Bass was at it again in the early moments of the third period with his second tally of the evening. Misericordia finally stopped the Clark scoring run with a goal of their own less than a minute later, but Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) found Moore to make the score, 7-3.

Misericordia tried to keep pace, getting a goal sandwiched around markers from Johnson with the help of Ian Daly (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Peter Christiansen (Seattle, Wash.) to end the third.

Clark put the game away to begin the fourth quarter as they scored three straight goals – one each from Christiansen, Holden and Jacob Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.).

The Cougars had a very balanced attack as Jonah Bass, Christiansen, Holden, Johnson and Moore all had two scores.

Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) made 14 saves in between the pipes for Clark, who beat Misericordia for the first time ever.

The Scarlet and White will have a week off until their next contest – a home contest against Skidmore. That contest is slated for a 1:00 p.m. faceoff on Saturday, March 15.

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