Vassar Loses Dramatic Contest to Clarkson in Overtime

POTSDAM, NY (April 3, 2010) Clarkson's Tyler Long scored a golden goal with 1:09 remaining in overtime to rob the Vassar College men's lacrosse team of its first-ever Liberty League victory, 9-8, Saturday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field. The Brewers had an 8-6 lead with 10:24 to play, but were unable to hold off the Golden Knights who rallied with three unanswered goals for the victory.

The Brewers drop to 3-6, 0-2 and return home on Saturday, April 10, facing Hamilton at 2:00 p.m. Clarkson snaps an eight game losing streak, improving to 1-9, 1-0 and next hosts Potsdam State on April 6 at 4:00 p.m.

Long's goal was a gut-wrenching blow to the Brewers who scored two goals, both by sophomore Jack Gross to take an 8-6 lead with 10:24 remaining. From that point, however, Clarkson rallied for two unanswered goals coming from Brendon Shearin at 7:09 and Bryan Huff at 3:39, which tied the game at 8-8. After showing a responsive offense throughout the contest, the Brewers went without a shot on goal following Gross' tally until the final four seconds remaining in the quarter when sophomore Jeff Lee saw his shot go wide.

In overtime, the Brewers got two shots off against Clarkson goalie Ryan Cole. The first came from senior Nick Cardillo that sailed went wide, and a second by junior Ryan Hart that was saved by Cole.

The Brewers took an 8-7 lead in the fourth quarter when sophomore Gross scored at 14:01. The Brewers then extended that lead to 8-6 at 10:24 when Gross took a feed from senior Sean Murray at 10:24.

The Golden Knights opened the first period with a quick goal by Mitch Collins less than three minutes into the game, but the Vassar defense would lock down the Knights for the next 14 minutes. When the second period started, however, Clarkson found its offensive production with a pair of goals just two minutes apart, coming from sophomore Bryan Huff and freshman John Devine giving the Knights a 3-1 lead.

Vassar took the lead with the next three goals coming from Cardillo, Hart and sophomore Christopher Toffoli to gain its first advantage of the contest with 4:25 remaining in the half. Clarkson finished out the half with a score from Shearin, tying the game 5-5 at intermission.

The offenses slowed considerably in the second half as neither could gain control in the third quarter. Vassar junior Sam Seymour scored at the 12:08 mark of the period, but neither team would score for the next 10 minutes. Devine added his second goal of the game with 1:57 left in the period to knot the game back up at 6-6.

Vassar got three goals each from Cardillo and Gross and a single goal each from Seymour and sophomore Christopher Toffoli. Junior Alex Tice made nine stops in goal for the Brewers. Clarkson got two goals each from four players Shearin, Huff, Devine and Collins. In goal, Cole made eight saves.


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