Connecticut College 12, Clarkson University 6
Dachille´s Four Second Half Strikes Seal Deal for Undefeated (3-0) Camels
POTSDAM, N.Y--Finishing off close games was a focus in Connecticut College Head Coach Dave Cornell´s pre-season preparation with his squad. It´s clear now that the troops were paying close attention.
Senior Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) accounted for four second half goals, including three strikes during a 4-to-0 fourth quarter scoring spurt to propel the Camels (3-0) to a 12-6 victory against Clarkson University (0-4) Wednesday.
Connecticut College carried a slim 4-3 advantage into the half but scored four goals in each of the final two quarters to pull away from the hosts.
Junior Eric Doran (Pennington, N.J.) chipped in with two goals and two assists while classmate Mark Mangano (Basking Ridge, N.J.) contributed with two scores and one assist.
Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.), the reigning New England Small College Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week, corralled a team-best five ground balls to go with nine saves in the triumph.
The Camels, who are the seventh ranked team in the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Poll, held a 34-to-23 advantage in ground balls. Rookie midfielder Brendan Schrader (Annapolis, Md.) won 8-of-10 face-offs and added four ground balls in the win.
The Camels triumphed in 14 of the 21 face-offs on the day, holding a 67% success rate in the possession game. Last season, Connecticut College won 48% of its face-offs. Through the first three games this season, the club has made a 15% improvement with a 63% success rate in face-offs.
Clarkson junior Tyler Long (Liverpool, N.Y.) paced the hosts with three goals and one assist in the setback. Sophomore Eric Gollands (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Matt McCabe (Syracuse, N.Y.) both finished with a goal and two assists in the loss for the Golden Knights.
Ryan Cole (Orchard Park, N.Y.) made one save in the first half of action, before giving way to Kyle Hohmann (Rochester, N.Y.), who had six saves in second half action between the pipes.
The Camels will resume NESCAC play this Saturday afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. game against Amherst College in New London.
March 17, 2010