Knights men's lacrosse begins 2018 with impressive defensive effort in 11-1 win over Brockport
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 8:58 am

Potsdam, NY - In his first collegiate start, sophomore Colin Holt denied nine shots and kept Brockport off the scoreboard until the third quarter as the Clarkson University Men's Lacrosse team opened the 2018 season with an 11-1 victory over the Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.

The Golden Knights will host another SUNYAC foe, Plattsburgh State, on Tuesday. Brockport fell to 1-1 on the young season.

Though the shots were fairly even, with Clarkson holding a modest 33-25 advantage, the Knights were able to put more on the cage (22-11). However, it was Holt and the rest of the Clarkson defense that kept Brockport at length, with the sophomore goaltender making nine saves on 10 shots on goal. At the other end, Clarkson scored 11 times in 22 attempts, a more normal percentage for anyone in the crease.

It took nearly 11 minutes for the Knights to get on the scoreboard as both teams' shots were wide of the mark. However, Tanner Cioffi scored with 4:05 left in the first quarter to get Clarkson rolling. Sam Groves added an assist two minutes later and Conor Bartlett scored a key goal late in the first to put the Knights up by three. During the second period, Marcus Lavarnway tallied twice, including the first and last goals of the period, to put the Knights up 7-0.

Clarkson picked up its eighth goal of the game midway through the third quarter and was quiet for most of the period. Brockport finally broke through near the end of the third stanza, scoring with 1:44 remaining in the quarter.

Bartlett finished with five points on two goals and three assists, while Lavarnway, Pierce Currie and Shane Kilday each added two goals. Both Sam Groves and Tanner Cioffi produced two points on a goal and an assist apiece. Groves also recorded a game-high four groundballs.

For Brockport, only Jake Recor and Corey Choberka tallied points, with Recor scoring the team's lone goal. Dallas Meyers made 11 saves in the Brockport crease and both Steven Gurin and Zach Cook picked up four groundballs.