WORCESTER, Mass. – The Clark University men's lacrosse team scored four straight goals to break an early tie and went on to a 12-8 non-conference win over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday evening.
Clark (2-4) broke a 1-1 tie with four straight goals – the last two of the first quarter and the first two of the second – and went on to break a four-game losing streak. Eastern (2-2) has lost two straight, with all four of its matches on the road thus far.
The meeting was the second-ever between the programs, first since Eastern pinned a 29-5 loss on the Cougars in Eastern's second varsity season in 1997.
Clark got nine goals from last year's leading scorers – junior Chris Rasco and senior Brandon King. Rasco had six goals and King three.
Matt Rougeot (Cheshire) led Eastern with three goals and Jake Liebowitz (Trumbull) added two goals and an assist. In his debut, sophomore John Funk (Southbury) played the final 11 minutes in place of starter Jack Farrell (Stratford). Funk did not allow a goal and made two saves while Farrell stopped six shots.
Until the final six minutes, Eastern was unable to string together as many as two unanswered goals -- something which they also failed to do at all in Tuesday's loss at Lasell College. Against Clark, Eastern answered with the final three goals, but ran out of time in an effort to cut deeper into a late seven-goal deficit.
Eastern's defense has continued to keep the Warriors close, allowing just over ten goals per game, and the Warriors' ability to stay out of the penalty box has provided the opponent with an average of only 3.3 extra-man attempts per game, with the Eastern man-down unit effectively killing off ten of 13 attempts for a .769 success rate. At the midfield X, however, Eastern has given its opponent an average of four more possessions per game by winning only 40 percent of the faceoffs. Saturday, two Clark players won 18 of 22 faceoffs contested.
Eastern hosts Roger Williams University Wednesday at 4 p.m.