Second half surge propels Clarkson past men's lacrosse

Clarkson University broke a halftime tie with six unanswered goals to start the second half and went on to a 13-5 Liberty League win against host Hamilton College at Campus Road Athletic Field on April 11.

Hamilton (3-7 overall, 1-3 Liberty) and Clarkson battled to a 4-4 tie after 30 minutes. The Golden Knights (8-2, 3-0) outscored the Continentals 4-0 in the third quarter and Hamilton tallied just one goal the rest of the way.

Jon Leanos '12 paced the Hamilton attack with one goal and one assist. Leanos leads the team with 14 assists and 25 points. Henry Burchenal '12 scored his seventh goal and picked up a team-high three ground balls.

Clarkson grabbed a 2-1 lead after the first quarter, but Hamilton scored the first two goals of the second to take a 3-2 advantage. Leanos put in an unassisted goal just 42 seconds into the quarter and then set up Luke Sadoff '12 for the go-ahead goal with 8:58 to go.

Clarkson responded with two tallies to regain the lead. Burchenal evened the score at 4-4 when he picked up an errant Golden Knight pass from their offensive zone and ran it the length of the field to slip in a goal with five seconds left on the clock.

Clarkson held a slim 14-13 edge in shots in the first two quarters but exploded for a 24-10 advantage in the last two. The Golden Knights came out of the break hot as they notched four goals in the third quarter and five more in the fourth.

The Continentals managed their only second half goal with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter when Andy Sigler '10 found Stephen Lefebvre '11 for his fifth goal. The assist was Sigler's first career point.

Max Vaickus '12 started in goal and made 12 saves in 45 minutes of action. Christian Kunhardt '10 took over in the fourth quarter and made three stops in his first appearance of the season.

Hamilton travels to Swarthmore College on Thursday, April 16, for a non-league game.

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