No. 7 RIT runs past Clarkson
Russell, MacDonald notch three goals apiece to power Tigers
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- No. 7 RIT (13-2) advanced to the Liberty League championship match with a 12-4 victory against Clarkson (9-6) on Friday at RIT Field.
Tyler Russell and Brendan MacDonald led the Tigers with three goals apiece. Joradn Collins-Hartwig added three assists, while Kyle Aquin scored two goals and added an assist. A.J. Tingle and Allister Warren each had a goal and an assist.
RIT's defense was stout, holding the Golden Knights to four goals and forcing Clarkson into 16 turnovers. Anthony DeLeo was excellent in net for RIT, making 16 saves. In two games versus Clarkson this season, DeLeo has combined to make 33 saves.
RIT held a 36-30 shot advantage and won the ground ball battle 40-28. RIT dominated the faceoff "X", winning 15-of-20. Tyler Brooks-Lambert won 8-of-9, while P.J. Hart was 7-of-11. RIT went 2-for-3 with the man advantage, while Clarkson went 1-for-6. The Tigers were 19-of-24 on clearing attemtps, and the Golden Knights were 17-of-21.
Eric Gollands and Matthew Gold each had two goals for Clarkson which finish its season 9-6. Corey Herrington had a pair of assists, while Ryan Cole took the loss in net for Clarkson, allowing 12 goals and making 16 saves.
RIT opened the game scoring the first six goals of the contest. Goals by Aquin and MacDonald gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead after the first quarter.
Warren, Russell, Tingle and Taylor Wisman each scored in the second quarter to extend the Tigers lead to 6-0, before Gold scored for Clarkson with 2:12 to play in the quarter, to make it 6-1 at the half.
Gold opened the scoring with a man-up goal early in the third quarter to cut the Tigers lead to 6-2.
Russell hooked up with MacDonald for his 39th goal of the season, boosting RIT's lead back to five goals at 7-2.
The Golden Knights held the advantage in the third quarter, cutting the Tigers lead to 7-4 on consecutive goals by Gollands late in the third quarter.
DeLeo made six stops in the quarter to keep the Golden Knights at bay. He stuffed Clarkson's Bryan Huff who was one-on-one with DeLeo at point blank range to keep the Tigers lead at three goals.
RIT took back momentum in the fourth quarter, scoring five consecutive goals to put the game away.
MacDonald scored two of RIT's five goals in the quarter, with Russell, Aquin and Ryan Speciale each scoring one.