Clark Starts Fast, Sinks Maine Maritime

Worcester, Mass. Clark University scored the game's first seven goals and never looked back, racing to an impressive 15-3 win over visiting Maine Maritime Academy on Wednesday evening in non-league men's lacrosse action.

The win for the Cougars was led by the offensive exploits of sophomore Jeffrey Wasson (Buckhorn, Ontario) who scored a career-high six goals and junior Nick Figliola (Weston, Conn.) who recorded a career-best four markers.

In addition to those two, senior Chris Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) totaled two goals and two assists, while classmate Phil Winslow (Providence, R.I.) finished with five assists.

The 15 goals for Clark are the second-most under head coach Jeff Cohen and are the most the Cougars have scored since the 2010 season. Clark improves to 9-0 under Cohen when they score ten goals or more.

Figliola got the Cougars on the board 12 seconds into the game when he took a feed from Winslow and found the back of the net.

Johnson added an unassisted marker less than three minutes later and then Wasson registered his first on the man-up advantage at the 10:04 of the first.

Winslow set up Johnson less than a minute later and Graham Werner (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) made it 5-0 less than halfway through the first period.

Wasson and Winslow connected for the first goal of the second period and then Werner setup Jonah Bass (Amherst, Mass.) for the 7-0 lead.

Andrew DiSalvo (Glastonbury, Conn.) finally got the Mariners on the board on a man-up advantage with help from Alex Hermes (Fallsington, Pa.).

The Cougars responded with a three goals in the final six minutes of the half as Figliola scored a man-down marker and then another even strength goal less than a minute apart.

Wasson ended the half with his third goal, making the score 10-1 after the first two periods.

Any thoughts of a Mariner comeback were quickly quelled when Johnson set up Figliola a little more than a minute into the third and then Werner and Wasson each notched unassisted markers, making the score 13-1.

DiSalvo found Tom Houle (Manchester, N.H.) for Maine Maritime's second goal and Wasson ended the frame with his fifth goal of the contest.

Each team got a single goal in the fourth with Brian Corain (Berwick, Maine) getting the Mariners' tally and Wasson wrapping up the scoring on a man-up scenario.

Andrew DeVito (Glastonbury, Conn.) made two saves in his 45 minutes of work for the Cougars, while Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) played the final 15 minutes and made five stops.

MMA netminder Gavin Cote (Arundel, Maine) turned back 11 shots, as Clark peppered him with 38 shots.

Clark (3-2) will return to action on Saturday when they host UMass-Boston at 7:00 p.m., while the Mariners will look for their first win under new head coach Adam Sherman on Saturday against New England College.

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WORCESTER, Mass. Jeffrey Wasson scored six goals and tacked on an assist to lead Clark University in a 15-3 thumping of Maine Maritime Academy. The Cougars (3-2) ripped open a 7-0 lead before the Mariners (0-3) finally got on the scoreboard.

Wasson scored in each quarter and accounted for two of Clark's four extra-man goals in the contest. He tallied his last marker on the extra man with 3:06 left in the game. It was the fourth time Clark cashed in on one of the Mariners' eight penalties. Wasson was one of four multiple goal scorers for Clark. Nick Figliola scored four goals, while Chris Johnson and Graham Werner each scored a pair.

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2012-03-22



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