Graham Macnab '14 Has 3 Goals and an Assist but 4-Goal Lead Slips Away in 12-9 Loss to Clarkson in Fla.
With six different goal scorers over the opening 26 minutes of their game against Clarkson Wed., March 19 in Tampa, Fla., the Cardinals built a 6-2 lead before settling for a 6-3 margin at intermission. Despite Graham Macnab '14 (#3, photo by Tony Vazquez P'14) finishing his hat trick in the second half to go along with an assist, Wesleyan was eventually tied by Clarkson, and then passed as the Golden Knights took their first lead, 9-8, with 11:49 left in the contest, then scored the final three goals after Wesleyan tied the game, 9-9, at the 9:58 mark thanks to Macnab. The result was a 12-9 Clarkson victory in the third-ever meeting of the squads, all played in Florida. Wesleyan had taken the first two in 2004 and 2006, both by one goal, the latter in overtime.
Wesleyan held a 34-28 edge in total shots but the shots on goals only favored the Cardinals, 19-18. Mark Simmons '14 made six saves while the Clarkson keeper stopped 10. Both teams cleared effectively (Wesleyan, 13-for-14; Clarkson, 14-for-17) and faceoffs went Wesleyan's way, 12-10 as Jasper Kubasek '14 was 11-for-18 on the day. Ground balls went to Wesleyan, 29-25. The real difference in the game was the pinpoint passing of Clarkson's Cory Herrington, who posted seven assists in the game, mainly from behind the net, giving the Golden Knights high-percentage scoring chances. Wesleyan created most oif its scoring opportunities from individual efforts and had only two assists in the game.
Wesleyan completes its visit to Florida with a game against Keene St. Fri., March 21 in Davenport.