March 9, 2013

Balanced Quakers Claim 11-6 Lacrosse Win Over Merchant Marine

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Chase Clausen and Nick Mann both scored twice in Guilford College's 11-6 nonconference men's lacrosse win over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Saturday. The Quakers (3-2) had nine different goal scorers in the win, which marked coach Tom Carmean's 100th career coaching triumph.

Guilford sophomore goaltender Garrison Goth recorded six saves and two ground balls in his first college start. He received solid support from his defense, led by classmate Nick Huckins' career-best five caused turnovers and four ground balls, both game highs. Teammate Trey Atkinson forced four Mariners' miscues and had two ground balls. Merchant Marine turned the ball over 26 times, compared to the Quakers' 17.

The Mariners' Troy Smith opened the game's scoring with an unassisted tally 4:04 into the game, but the Quakers' balanced and patient attack reeled off six of the game's next seven goals to take a 6-2 halftime lead. Sophomore Chandler Zirkle netted a man-up goal for Guilford and later assisted a Mark Fiore score in the second quarter. The Quakers had six different first-half goal scorers.

Clausen scored his second goal 4:20 into the third quarter, which was followed by a rare marker by Huckins, a defenseman, 14 seconds later. The sophomore collected the ground ball after the face-off and took it to the cage for his first college goal. Clausen and Huckins' goals came during a 4-1 Guilford run that opened a 10-4 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Clausen added an assist for a team-high three points. Zirkle and Duncan Fitzgerald both had a goal and an assist. Juquan Tellis paced the Quakers with a game-high five ground balls.

Geoff Harty led Merchant Marine with two goals and John Atkinson contributed a goal and two assists. Chris Whitenack won 14-of-20 face-offs and picked up four ground balls. Sophomore goalie Alex Peyreigne stopped 11 shots and had two ground balls.

Carmean is in his third season at Guilford and has an 18-18 mark in that time. He spent his other 11 seasons as a head coach at Amherst College where he compiled an 82-76 mark. Carmean has a 100-94 career record in 13-plus seasons.

The Quakers host Farmingdale State College Wednesday (3/13) at 4:00 p.m.