March 27, 2010
Worcester, MA - Sophomore Chris Johnson (Amherst, MA) scored a career-high five goals, igniting a Clark University offense that registered a season-high in goals en-route to a 13-9 win over the visiting University of Massachusetts Boston men's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon on Granger Field in Worcester, MA.
The Cougars have now won back-to-back games for the first time in 364 days and with their 2-3 record have already equaled their win total from a season ago.
Down 2-1 in the early part of the first quarter, Clark scored the game's next six goals to take a commanding 7-2 lead into the final minutes of the first half. Johnson found the back of the net twice during the run as did Chris Adams (Bradford, NH), while Garrett McAdam (Portland, ME) and Shawn Roche (Centerport, NY) had the other scores.
The Beacons pulled to within four with an unassisted tally from senior midfielder Al Craven (Milton, MA), with 1:52 left before intermission, but McAdam fired a shot that whistled by the UMass Boston goalie with seven seconds left for another Cougar score before the half.
Johnson scored the only goal of the third period in the first minute of action, making the score 9-3 heading into the fourth.
The Beacons collected the game's next two goals before Johnson scored again. A Ryan Pollack (Belmont, MA) score was quickly followed up by another Johnson score and then goals from Roche and Adams seemed to put UMass Boston away.
The Beacons, however, scored the game's next three goals before time ran out, giving the Cougars the 13-9 win.
Andrew DeVito (Glastonbury, CT) was strong in net for Clark for the second straight contest, turning back nine UMass Boston shots, while freshman Jake Gostanian (Andover, MA) made ten saves in defeat.
In addition to Johnson's performance, Adams and Roche each had three goals and Danny Heelan (Avon, CT) handed out three assists.
Junior midfielder John Canty (Milton, MA) paced the Beacon offense with four goals, while Craven recorded three tallies.
The Cougars are back in action on Wednesday when they host Plymouth State University at 5:00, while UMass Boston visits Emerson College on the same day.
Material used in this report courtesy of Clark University Sports Information