Cougars battle teams in Florida

Team members talk about DeSales and Catholic in Clearwater

By Joshua Tessler
Scarlet Staff

The Clark Cougars Lacrosse team opened up their 2012 regular season at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complexin Clearwater, Florida. The Cougars played two games in Florida against

Senior Phil Winslow during Monday night’s game against Anna Maria. Photo by Liz Mattarazzo.

Catholic University and DeSales University.

In their first game against Catholic University, they fell short 10-9. It was a really close match that came down to the last goal scored. Jeffrey Wasson, Attacker, fueled the Cougars by scoring three goals on Patrick Pfaff, Catholic’s Goaltender.

Three days later, the Cougars battled DeSales University, and they won 12-2. The offensive power from Chris Johnson, Jeffrey Wasson, Jonah Bass, and Phil Winslow helped solidify the win. Combined, they scored ten goals.

“Our offensive threats, Chris Johnson and Phil Winslow, have been playing really well,” Sam McAdam Defenseman and Captain said.

Even though this trip to Florida was mainly for lacrosse, the Cougars had plenty of opportunities to bond in a highly appropriate manner as a team away from the field.

“In Florida, we decided it would be best to keep in the frame work. As Clark’s Athletic Director Sean Sullivan had addressed to us,” Wasson said.

The team was able to spend a couple of hours at the Tampa Bay Zoo and they also had countless opportunities to interact with their fellow teammates.

“We see each other a lot when we’re here [at Clark]. But, there (Florida) we got a chance to live with each other and really interact with each other,” Wasson said.

“It was a great chance to spend time with my teammates and to avoid the stresses of lacrosse,” McAdam said.

The trip to Florida was also a chance for the Cougars to play teams from outside of their conference.

“It’s good to have a lot of out-of-conferences teams. It’s different competition. Some of the guys knew other guys on the opposing team, so that was pretty cool,” McAdam said.

After their matches in Florida, the Cougars have a pretty good understanding of what the team is excelling at and what they need to improve on.

“We had a really good feel for what we were doing well and what we needed to improve on. We got caught in a few situations, in which we let up and didn’t listen to our system,” McAdam said.

The Cougars will next battle at home against the (1-1) UMass-Boston Beacons on Saturday at 7:00 pm. The UMass-Boston Beacons are coming off of a 12-6 win against Huntingdon College.