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Trinity Men's Lacrosse Clips Clark With Big Fourth Quarter

Trinity Men's Lacrosse Clips Clark With Big Fourth Quarter

Hartford, Conn. - Junior captain Drew Kozub (Hopkinton, Mass.) and first-year Thomas Marra (Irvington, N.Y.) scored four goals apiece to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 15-11 win over the visiting Clark University Cougars in men's lacrosse action this evening at Jessee/Miller Field.  Trinity, playing its last game on the schedule with the remainder of the spring season suspended due to COVID-19, is 3-1.  Clark falls to 0-5.  Trinity outscored the Cougars, 5-1, in the fourth quarter to break away after the team were tied 10-10.

Clark held a 4-3 lead after one quarter, but Trinity scored four of six goals in the second frame to lead, 7-6, at halftime.  Seven different Bantams had the seven Trinity goals in the first 30 minutes, while Clark's Chris Rasco scored last four of the Couugars' six goals before the break.  Kozub scored two of Trinity's three goals in the third frame, including back-to-back tallies by Kozub just 1:15 apart to give the home team a10-8 lead with 7:28 on remaining before the last break.  Clark's Bob Philbin and Jacob Brandes closed the third stanza with consecutive goals, however, to knot the game at 10-all.

Trinity erupted for four goals in a row to start the fourth stanza, beginning with the game-winner by Marra with 8:30 on the clock.  Kozub scored 1:10 later and Marra added two more to make the score, 14-11 with 4:53 left to play.  Thomas McCarthy scored for Clark on a highlight-reel shot from behind his head after receiving a pass from the left wing by Jack Mandrachia, but Trinity senior captain Ben Ferrucci (Essex, Conn.) fittingly scored the game's final goal inside the two-minute mark to close out his final collegiate season.

Trinity outshot Clark, 52-34, forced 22 turnovers while committing just eight, and won the ground-ball battle, 16-10.  Ferrucci and sophomore Connor McCulloch (Alexandria, Va.) joined Kozub and Marra as multiple-goal scorers for Trinity with two each, while Marra had a team-high five points in four goals and one assist.  Junior Liam Fitzgerald (Skillman, N.J.) won 12 of 23 faceoffs for the Bantams, and sophomore Charlie Olsen (Darien, Conn.) paced the Trinity defense with two ground balls and two caused turnovers.  In goal, first-year Patrick Grimes (Morristown, N.J.) made six saves.  The teams combined to go 5-for-8 during man-up situations, and two of Rasco's game-high five goals were with the Cougars at an advantage.  Mandracchia added a goal and an assist, and goalie Ryan Mickelson had 16 saves for Clark.