On March 25, the Ithaca College men’s lacrosse team took on the Clarkson University Golden Knights in a ruthless battle for the win. Both teams played strong, and the score went back and forth throughout the game, ultimately resulting in an 11–8 Bombers win.
The first quarter began with the Golden Knights scoring the first goal. However, the Bombers held up and kept fighting. The Golden Knights established that they were going to be a hard team to beat, and they were harshly aggressive.
Toward the middle of the first quarter, junior attackman John Sramac scored the Bombers’ first goal of the game tying the score 1–1, then toward the end scoring again, making the Bombers lead 2–1. However, the Bombers then fell behind, trailing 3–2 by the end of the period.
In the second quarter, the Bombers had a well-built offense, making smart passes until one of them could take a shot. Although the Bombers found more scoring opportunities, there were also many penalties throughout this quarter between both teams.
The Bombers tied up the game 4–4 when sophomore attackman Jack Pastore got the rebound off the goal, then took a strong shot into the net halfway through the frame.
There was a lot of back-and-forth action throughout the third quarter — when the Golden Knights would score, the Bombers were quick to follow. The Bombers found the lead for the first time since the initial quarter when senior attackman Jake Erikson found success on a fastbreak, closing out the quarter with a score of 8–7.
It was in the final quarter that the Bombers began to show out, dominating possession and shutting down the Golden Knights’ few scoring opportunities for the first time all game. The Bombers held onto their newfound momentum, ending the game with their fourth win of the season and improving their record to 4–1.
Sophomore attackman Kyle Proctor said this competition proved that his team is capable of playing a strong 60 minutes on the field.
“I think the game went well,” Proctor said. “I think we had our best second half of the year.”
Proctor said that although scoring was tight, it was the Bombers’ lockdown defense that secured the victory.
“It started out pretty slow,” Proctor said. “They’re a good team and they gave us a good fight, but our defense is the best we can have this season and, you know, we just found our groove.”
The Bombers play next at 4 pm. March 29 against Misericordia University at Higgins Stadium.