Paxton, Mass. – Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) led an extremely potent Clark University offense with 11 points – the second highest single game performance in school history – as the visiting Cougars snapped their brief two game slide with a 17-7 win over Anna Maria College on Monday evening at AMCAT Field.
Johnson scored four goals and added a career-best seven assists, while three other teammates – John Goracy (Lumberton, N.J.), Peter Christiansen (Seattle, Wash.) and Rob Holden (East Longmeadow, Mass.) all finished with hat tricks.
Clark improves to 5-4 on the year, while the AMCATS have dropped seven straight to fall to 1-11.
Johnson's huge night were only two points shy of the school record of 13 points set by Shawn Roche (eight goals, five assists) against Green Mountain College back on March 21, 2006.
The Cougars scored the game's first 16 goals before Anna Maria put home six of the contest's final seven tallies.
Ahead 4-0 after first period on two goals apiece from Johnson and Holden, Clark went into intermission with a 9-0 lead as Johnson and Goracy bookended a natural hat trick by Christiansen.
Johnson took over in the third when he assisted on five straight goals to open the period – two from Goracy, two from Kyle Elkins (Stow, Mass.) and another from Holden. He and Elijah Cobb (Dover, N.H.) then capped the seven goal frame with markers before the AMCATS finally got on the board with 1:10 remaining on an excellent individual move by Lucas Stralka.
Anna Maria outscored the Cougars 6-1 in the fourth with Stralka netting three and Rodrigo Henriques getting a pair and Jacob Parker adding one of his own.
Clark's only score of the period came from Lucas Petricone-Berg (Nyack, N.Y.) – the first marker of his career.
The Cougars dominated the stat sheet, outshooting the hosts, 41-30 and scooping up 39 groundballs, compared to 27 for the AMCATS.
Clark forced 22 Anna Maria miscues and Ryan Marsh (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) continued his strong play at the faceoff "X", going 11-for-18.
The remaining five games on the Clark schedule are all league contests beginning with Friday night's huge showdown with Wheaton. Faceoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Anna Maria will look to return to the win column on Wednesday when they play host to Johnson & Wales.