Golden Knights edge Bears, 9-8


POTSDAM, N.Y.—Clarkson University (2-1) built three-goal leads twice before escaping the SUNY Potsdam men's lacrosse team (2-1) with a 9-8 victory on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore midfielder Jon Woodworth scored a career-high three goals and senior captain Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) had a game-high five points with a goal and four assists.

The Golden Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 8:51 of the contest. Mark Nortz, Matthew Gold and Corey Herrington each scored in the run for Clarkson, with Gold's tally coming on a man-up situation. Woodworth got Potsdam on the board at 1:41 of the opening quarter. Woodworth struck again with just 12 seconds left in the period on a helper from Kunz to cut the gap to 3-2.

Freshman attackman Joe Hayes (Black River, N.Y./Carthage) tied the game with a man-up goal just over a minute into the second quarter with another assist from Kunz. Herrington put the Golden Knights back on top with two goals just 32 seconds apart and Clarkson led 5-3 at the 10:08 mark. With 6:07 remaining in the half, Woodworth hooked up with Kunz again to notch the hat trick. Kunz then tied the game at 5-5 with 58 seconds left and the score remained the same into the break.

Gold gave Clarkson a 6-5 advantage 47 seconds into the third quarter, but senior captain Derek Frost (Buffal0, N.Y./Williamsville East) tied the game 56 seconds later on Kunz' fourth assist. The Golden Knights kept the Bears off the board rest of the period but tacked on three more goals for a 9-6 lead after 45 minutes. St. Croix scored twice and Tyler Tomeny chipped in one.

Sophomore midfielder Pat Bonafede (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) got Potsdam to within 9-7 at 10:32 of the final quarter. Seven minutes later, Bears sophomore attackman Ed Doherty (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst) scored a man-up goal to make it a one-goal game. Woodworth had a chance to tie the score with 1:31 on the clock, but Washuta made the save and Clarkson held on.

Senior goalie Ryan Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) finished with eight saves, while Clarkson keeper Harrison Washuta stopped nine shots for the win. The Golden Knights edged the Bears in shots, 37-36, and held a 26-15 advantage in ground balls. Clarkson was 2-4 in extra-man opportunities and Potsdam finished 2-5.

The Bears are back in action on March 19, when they travel to Morrisville State for a 5:30 contest.