Winslow Leads Clark Past Plymouth State

Worcester, Mass. Junior Phil Winslow (Providence, R.I.) scored a career-high six goals, and host Clark won back-to-back games for the first time this season with a resounding 13-7 win over Plymouth State in non-league men's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening at Granger Field.

The Cougars improve to 3-4 on the season in advance of their first Pilgrim League game on Saturday, while the Panthers dip back to 3-3 following consecutive defeats.

Things started out well for the visitors as Ty Long (Dover, N.H.) put Plymouth State ahead 1-0 less than two minutes into the contest. The Panthers were right back at it less than three minutes later as Chris Annunciata (Waltham, Mass.) recorded his third tally of the season.

Clark then scored five of the game's next six goals to take the lead. Winslow took a feed from Danny Heelan (Avon, Conn.) and found the back of the net midway through the period. After another PSU goal this one from Shawn McEvoy (Spring, Texas) - Chris Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) and Heelan registered Cougar goals to even the contest in the early minutes of the second period.

Winslow then assisted on back-to-back goals less than 20 seconds apart as Ben Stuart (Cumberland, Maine) and Eugene Arsenault (South Portland, Maine) added first half markers making the score 5-3.

Long added his second score of the game to close the gap to 5-4 at halftime, but Clark outscored the Panthers 4-0 in the third quarter to take control of the contest.

Winslow notched a man-up score with help from Johnson at the 9:46 mark, then Johnson scored an unassisted tally of his own four minutes later to give the Cougars a 7-4 edge.

Less than ten seconds later Clark was back on the board again as Matt Fields (Oceanside, N.Y.) won the faceoff, scooped up the ball, raced down the field and fed Winslow for another score that made the game 8-4.

Johnson then put an end to the period's scoring with his third goal of the evening his second hat trick of the season at the 4:42 mark.

The Panthers got their offense back untracked in the opening moments of the fourth when Mike Ventura (Columbia, N.J.) made the game 9-5 with 13:32 left to play.

Clark answered back almost immediately as Winslow and Heelan scored exactly a minute apart to up the Cougar advantage to 11-5 with 8:49 left.

In the end, however, Winslow proved to be the story, collecting two more goals in the game's final six minutes to seal the win for Clark and finish with an eight point night (six goals, two assists).

Johnson totaled three goals and two assists for the Cougars, while Heelan ended with two goals and two assists.

Freshman Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) made eight saves in goal for Clark to pick up the win, while Panther netminder Jack Tyo (Sandwich, Mass.) turned back four shots in the loss.

The Cougars controlled the faceoff circle, winning 14 of 23 and they also held a 32-23 advantage in total shots.

Neither team was exceptional on the man advantage with the teams combining to go 1 for 9.

Clark will return to the field on Saturday when they host MIT, while Plymouth State visits Western Connecticut on Saturday well.


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