March 23, 2010
WORCESTER, MA-Chris Johnson scored an unassisted goal with 2:31 remaining to lift host Clark to an 8-7 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team in a non-conference match at the Russ Granger Athletic Field Tuesday evening.
Johnson's goal broke a 7-7 tie and spoiled a UMass Dartmouth comeback that saw the Corsairs score twice in the fourth quarter to tie the score.
Sophomore midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) and junior midfielder Stephen Espinola (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) had scored goals within a span of 1:24 in the fourth quarter, with Espinola's goal with 5:50 remaining tying the score at 7-7.
Goals by Espinola, senior attackman Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA/Danvers HS) and junior midfielder Bobby Smith (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) within a span of 1:44 in the first quarter staked UMD to an early 3-1 lead. Smith and junior midfielder Paul Nunes (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield HS) in the second quarter put the Corsairs ahead at halftime, 5-4. Chris Adams and Shawn Roche scored in the third quarter and Johnson scored in the fourth to put Clark ahead, 7-5, and set the stage for UMD's late rally.
"We did a lot of things right, but we didn't take advantage of all of our opportunities, and we had a lot of penalties," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "They converted more of their chances than we did. They scored a quick goal at the beginning of the game, but we came right back and scored three goals. We played great for two quarters, but we didn't play well for all four quarters. We came back late and tied it up, and their goalie made a couple of good saves. We had some chances, but we didn't convert them."
Smith and Espinola each scored twice for the Corsairs, while Adams had four goals for the Cougars. UMass Dartmouth out shot Clark, 31-27. Sophomore goalie Cameron Crown (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) made seven saves for UMD, while Andrew DeVito made 11 for Clark. The Corsairs were blanked on their three man-up opportunities, while Clark was zero for 10.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 2-3 with the defeat, while Clark improved to 1-0 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Massachusetts Maritime Thursday evening. .
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE