Clarkson Pulls Away for Victory Against Potsdam

In a tight game between cross-town rivals, senior attackman Bryan Huff (Hillsborough, NJ) scored a team-high four goals to lead Clarkson past Potsdam 13-8 in non-league action at Hantz Turf Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Golden Knights, who trailed 6-5 after the opening two quarters, pulled away from the Bears (4-3) in the second half by outscoring their neighbors 8-2 over the final 30 minutes to gain their fifth straight victory in the rivalry.

With his four-goal effort, Huff is closing in on the Century Mark with 98 career points on 60 goals and 38 assists. He has tallied 15 points (11-4) this season. Junior Matt McCabe (Syracuse, NY) also enjoyed a four-point outing against Potsdam with three goals and one assist. Freshman Corey Herrington (Camillus, NY) led all scorers with a game-high five points, including four assists.

Clarkson opened the game with a goal by McCabe just 50 seconds in on the Knights' first shot of the contest. The Green and Gold built their lead to 4-2 after the opening 15 minutes. The Bears gained the advantage at the break with a 4-1 run in the second quarter as Rob Kunz led the way for Potsdam with two of his team-high four goals.

The Knights took control to start the second half with four straight goals, beginning with Herrington's man-up goal 1:55 in, and outscored the Bears 5-1 in the third quarter to hold a 10-7 lead through 45 minutes. Clarkson continued to pressure in the final period putting up three more goals.

Senior Eric Gollands' (Chelmsford, MA) tallied twice for the Knights, while classmate Matt Cyr (Cheshire, CT), junior Brendon Shearin (Goffstown, NH) and freshman Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) rounded out the Clarkson goal scorers with one each.

Potsdam outshot the Knights 33-30, but junior Ryan Cole (Orchard Park, NY) was solid in the Clarkson net with a nine-save effort. The Bears also enjoyed a 29-24 advantage in ground balls. Cole and sophomore Dylan Caldiero (Buffalo, NY) both picked up a team-high four ground balls.

Clarkson, which has won three straight, improves its record to 7-2 overall. The Knights return to Liberty League play on Saturday when they host Union College in a 1:00 p.m. game at Hantz Turf Field.

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POTSDAM, N.Y.-Clarkson (7-2) used a strong second half to defeat Potsdam (4-3) 13-8 in a non-conference battle at Clarkson on Wednesday evening. Brian Huff scored four goals for the Golden Knights and sophomore attackman Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) matched him for the Bears.

The teams traded the first five goals of the contest. Matt McCabe opened the scoring just 50 seconds into the game to give Clarkson a 1-0 lead.

Junior midfielder Pat Morrill (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) evened the score 1:12 later. Huff notched his first at 10:54 and Bears sophomore Jared Flath (Dexter, N.Y./General Brown) answered at 8:31. The Golden Knights opened up a 4-2 lead with two straight from Huff and Matt Cyr and carried the lead through the end of the first quarter.

Kunz opened the second 15 minutes to with two straight to tie the game and Morrill gave Potsdam its first lead with his second goal at 7:00. After McCabe tied the game at 5-5 at 5:33, the Bears struck late in the half.

Kunz made a diving interception at the left of the goal and fed senior attack Pete Pike (Watertown, N.Y./General Brown) in front. Pike had nearly an open net to shoot at as Clarkson goalie Ryan Cole goal was out of position. However, Cole got his stick on the first shot, but Pike scooped up the rebound and buried the second chance with 18 seconds left. The Bears took the 6-5 advantage into the break.

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