Cougars Cruise Past Lions, 16-5

Cougars Cruise Past Lions, 16-5

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 16, Emerson College 5

-Records: Clark (6-4, NEWMAC 1-1), Emerson (5-5, NEWMAC 0-2)

-Location: Boston, Mass. (Rotch Field)

-The Lead: The Clark University Men's Lacrosse team dominated their way to a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over the Lions of Emerson College on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars put up 27 shots on goal in the victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-Clark posted five goals in the first seven minutes of play for the early 5-0 lead. Sophomore Owen Lamerson (Greenlawn, N.Y.)  got things started with an unassisted goal at the 13:32 mark and his classmate Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) followed up with a goal just a minute later for the 2-0 lead. Just seconds later junior Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) found sophomore Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) who found space behind Emerson's goalkeeper (3-0). Freshman Mark DellaTorre (Bethany, Conn) and Rasco added two more for the Cougars and took the 5-0 lead with 8:09 to play in the first quarter.

-The Lions broke up the visitor's run with a goal from junior Cameron Radenberg (Los Angeles, Calif.) with 7:31 to play. First year Joe Meyers (Carmel, N.Y.) fired one in just 30 seconds later to bring Emerson within three heading into the second quarter (5-2).

-Clark started the second on a 4-0 run. Lamerson started things off again when he found his way to the net at the 12:05 mark (6-2). King tallied his 30th goal of the season to give the Cougars a five point advantage with 10:43 on the clock and senior Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) followed up a minute later with another goal for the Cougars and the 8-2 lead. DellaTorre dished the ball to freshman Jacob Brandes (Chappaqua, N.Y.) who buried one at the back of the net (9-2). With just 45 seconds on the clock Will Mandracchia notched another goal to give the Cougars the 10-2 lead heading into the halftime break.

-Emerson scored first in the third quarter when Stevie Powers (Arlington, Mass.) snuck one by Clark netminder, Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.).

-The Cougars finished the quarter on a 3-0 run. Philbin tallied his second of the day at the 8:37 mark (11-3) and Lamerson was open again for his third goal of the game assisted by Rasco on a man-up opportunity for the 12-3 lead. Will Mandracchia fed Rasco the ball for his third goal of the game and the Cougars took a 10-point advantage heading into the final stanza (13-3).

-The Cougars added two more at the beginning of the fourth on goals from DellaTorre and Brandes but Emerson ended the run with an unassisted goal from Meyers at the 5:26 mark.

- Ryan Sheedy (Rowley, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal on an assist from Lamerson with 3:34 remaining to give Clark the 16-4 advantage.

-The Lions were able to score one more goal with a tally from Radenberg with 22 seconds remaining, but Clark took the final 16-5 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Clark outshot Emerson 46-29 (27-12 on goal)

-Clark won 14 face-offs, picked up 25 ground balls and were successful in 18 of 21 clear attempts. The Lions won 11 face-offs, collected 20 ground balls and made 12 of 15 clear attempts.

-The Cougars forced Emerson to turn the ball over 15 times.

-Rasco and Lamerson led the Cougars with three goals and an assist each. Maselek earned the victory in net and improves to 6-4 this season and 1-1 in the conference.

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts Wheaton College for the Renny Classic (Alzheimer's Awareness Game) on Saturday, April 14th at 8:00 p.m.

-Emerson travels to the University of New England on April 11th for a 7:00 p.m. game.