Clark Rallies to Down DeSales in Florida Thriller

Clearwater, Fla. Led by a high-powered offense that scored four of the game's last five goals, Clark University rallied for a thrilling 13-11 win over DeSales University in non-league lacrosse action on Thursday evening in Clearwater, Fla.

The Cougars are off to their first 2-0 start since 2007 and their 32 combined goals in their two contests in 2013 are the most goals in two games to start a season in school history.

Freshmen Rob Holden (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Jacob Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) were again the offensive catalysts, combining for six goals and five assists.

In addition to the first-year stars, Jeffrey Wasson (Buckhorn, Ontario) scored four goals, giving him nine goals in two career games against the Bulldogs following last season's five-goal performance in a 12-2 Cougar victory.

Clark actually fell behind 3-0 in the opening minutes until Holden recorded an unassisted tally and Maselek took a feed from Peter Christensen (Seattle, Wash.) to keep the Cougars close.

The Scarlet and White got goals from Maselek and Wasson at the end of the first and the beginning of the second to give them their first lead at 6-5.

DeSales promptly scored three straight goals again to take an 8-6 edge, but with time running down in the first half, Luke Dunn (Amherst, Mass.) found a wide open Holden (three goals, two assists) to make the score 8-7 at halftime.

Clark scored three of the four goals scored in the third period as Maselek, Holden and Wasson all found the back of the net, giving the Cougars a 10-9 lead into the fourth quarter.

After the Bulldogs got goals from Jarrod Wiedow and James Gurrier to put them back ahead, 11-10, Dunn evened the score with a man-up marker with 9:39 left to play.

A little more than five minutes later Wasson put the Cougars ahead for good with his fourth score of the contest and Keegan Callahan (Tewksbury, Mass.) tacked on an insurance score in the final 30 seconds to secure the win.

Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) was magnificent in goal, turning away a career-best 13 shots, including several point-blank denials.

Despite the score, DeSales (1-2) held advantages in shots (49-28), groundballs (33-26) and faceoffs won (18 for 27).

Clark will return to the field on Saturday evening for a 6:30 p.m. start against Wittenberg University.

2013-03-08



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