Boston, Mass. – Sophomore sensation Rob Holden (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored a career-high seven goals and Clark University tied a school record for goals in a game, securing the program's first-ever winning season with a 22-10 victory over New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) newcomer Emerson College on Saturday afternoon.
The win for the Cougars moves their overall record to 8-6 and 3-3 in league play – both win totals are the most ever in school history.
Already assured of the program's first postseason berth, the Scarlet and White came out firing, racing out to an 8-0 lead midway through the first half as Holden scored six of those goals.
Emerson finally got on the board when Greg Aurbach found the back of the net but Clark closed the quarter with five straight goals coming from Jonah Bass (Amherst, Mass.), Ryan Moore (West Hartford, Conn.), Holden and two from John Goracy (Lumberton, N.J.).
Lucas Petricone-Berg (Nyack, N.Y.) scored the first two goals of the quarter but the Lions didn't quit as Eric Colleran, Aurbach and Benjamin Byrd all potted goals, making the score 19-8.
Petricone-Berg finished off the fourth period hat trick, while Elkins and Lynch each added their second scores to make up the final tally.
In addition to Holden's explosive outing, Goracy had three goals and two assists, Jonah Bass had a goal and two assists and Moore ended with a goal and three assists.
Meanwhile, Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) had a goal and two assists to give him 51 points on the season – the sixth most points in a single season in school history.
Ryan Marsh (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) was stellar at the faceoff "X", winning 18 of 23 and adding a game-high 12 groundballs, giving him 100 for the season, only the third player in school history to reach that mark.
Clark will take part in the NEWMAC playoffs on Wednesday as the No 4 seed when they travel to Springfield for a meeting with the top-seeded Pride.