WORCESTER, Mass. – Graduate student Shawn Roche (Centerport, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal with 1:16 left in regulation Wednesday evening, catapulting host Clark University to a thrilling 7-6 win over Plymouth State University in a non-league men’s lacrosse contest on Granger Field.
The goal capped a back-and-forth affair between the two squads and extends the Cougars’ winning streak to three – their longest since the middle of the 2006 season. Clark, 3-3, has already eclipsed its win total from a season ago.
The Panthers took the lead on the game’s first goal when Brian Giroux (Wolfboro Falls, N.H.) took a feed from Matt Johansmeyer (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) and found the back of the net just 27 seconds into the game. Clark answered back two minutes later when Garrett McAdam (Portland, Maine) found a wide open JC Tsagarakis (Stonington, Conn.) for his first goal of the season.
Junior Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.), who finished with a game-high three goals, gave the edge back to Plymouth State with help from freshman Ty Long (Dover, N.H.) but Danny Heelan (Avon, Conn.) scored with less than a minute left in the second period to even the score at 2-2 going into halftime.
The teams traded goals in the first few minutes of the third period as Eriksen, Clark’s Chris Adams (Bradford, N.H.), the Panthers’ Mike Ventura (Columbia, N.J.) and McAdam all registered goals to make the score 4-4. Adams then collected an unassisted tally with under two minutes left in the third to give the Cougars their first lead of the contest.
That advantage would be short-lived however, as Plymouth State opened the fourth period with back-to-back goals from Teddy Akriviellis (Dover, Mass.) and Eriksen to move ahead 6-5 with less than 11 minutes left.
The Cougars, playing their third straight home game, eventually tied the game at the eight minute mark when Roche set up Tsagarakis with the equalizer, making way for his game-clinching score less than seven minutes later.
Clark got another strong performance in net from sophomore Andrew DeVito (Glastonbury, Conn.) who turned back 12 shots, while the Panthers’ netminder, Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) made six stops.
The Cougars return to action on Saturday with a 6 p.m. start against Pilgrim League foe, Massachusetts Maritime, while the Panthers visit Western Connecticut Saturday for the Little East Conference opener at 12 noon.
(Courtesy of Clark Sports Information)
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