Kelly scores two goals to lead Panthers
WORCESTER, Mass. – Clark University scored the game's final seven goals and the host Cougars raced past Plymouth State University, 11-6, in non-league men's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening.
The win for the Scarlet and White gives them their second straight win over the Panthers as both Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) and Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) each had standout performances.
NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse
at Granger Turf Field, Worcester, Mass. – Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Clark 11, Plymouth State 6
Records: PSU 2-4; Clark 6-3
HOW IT HAPPENED
* Ahead 4-3 to begin the second half, Clark saw its advantage evaporate quickly as the Panthers scored three goals in a 10-minute span to take a 6-4 lead. First Colin Claflin (Pembroke, Mass.) connected with Thomas Kelly (Chantilly, Va.) to even the score less than three minutes into the third quarter and then Galen Antolino (Exeter, N.H.) put the visitors in front, 5-4 less than two minutes later. Kelly was at it again with less than five minutes to go in the period as Pete Allen (Newbury, N.H.) set him up for his second of the frame, giving Plymouth State a 6-4 lead.
* Clark began its march towards victory when Mandracchia found Andrew Myhre (Middlebury, Vt.) for the Cougars' first goal since the midway through the second quarter. The Scarlet and White found itself on the man advantage later in the period and they took advantage, as Johnson teamed up with Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) to even the score at 6-6.
* Clark didn't wait until the end of the period to move on top as Mandracchia found Kyle Elkins (Stow, Mass.) who saw his blistering shot whizz past Plymouth State netminder Jayson LaRiviere (Chelmsford, Mass.) with six seconds left in the quarter.
* The Cougars' offensive exploits continued into the final frame with Jack Goracy (West Islip, N.Y.) set up both Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) and Jack Pierce (Westborough, Mass.), pushing their Clark lead to 9-6 midway through the period.
Clark tacked on two more goals before the final horn as Mandracchia found the back of the next again and then Johnson fed Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) for another strike. That assist for Johnson gives him 178 career points, tied with Joe Figler (1997-00) for the second most points in school history just six behind all-time leader Shawn Roche (2006-10).
PSU STATS LEADERS
* Kelly finished with two goals for the Panthers, while Claflin had a goal and an assist.
* Senior Mac Tetreault (New Durham, N.H.) picked up a team-high five ground balls,
* Senior goalie Jayson LaRiviere (Chelmsford, Mass.) matched his season-high with 10 saves.
* The Scarlet and White will open up play in the New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Saturday when they visit Wheaton, while the Panthers host Salem State in the home opener on Saturday at the Holderness School.