Wake Forest Game Recap

Box Score

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Sunday’s 15-6 victory over Wake Forest secures likely Tigers play-off spot

CLEMSON 15, WAKE FOREST 6

Sunday was clear and chilly but fortunately the wind had died down, leaving near perfect lacrosse weather. The Tigers returned to campus to face regional rival Wake Forest, whose assistant head coach, Brett Becker, is a Class of 2011 alum, and was able to join the team on the sideline for the FSU win on Saturday.

As big as the FSU game was, the Wake game actually loomed more important for the Tigers in terms of gaining one of our preseason goals, that of making the post-season. A win over Wake virtually assured the Tigers of their 3rd consecutive appearance in the SELC championships and 4th in the last 5 years. Still, this one had all the makings of a “trap” game, coming on the heels of a landmark win over FSU. Thankfully the Tigers stepped up to the plate and sealed the deal.

Clemson never trailed but didn’t start breathing easy until the 3rd period as the game went into half time at 5-1. A 7-goal 3rd quarter substantially improved the comfort margin with the Tigers on top 12-3. The teams traded goals in the 4th to reach a final of 15-6.

The win gives Clemson a 3-0 regional record with only South Carolina remaining. While the Tigers are not a lock yet for a post-season bid, they are first in line. The only unknown would be if USC beats Clemson (bite my tongue) and another team beats USC, leaving 3 teams with 3-1 regional records. The first tie breaker that would come into play would be goals allowed. We won’t know for sure how that will play out until the season is concluded. Right now in 3 regional games the Tiger D has allowed 19 goals.

Score by Quarters:

Clemson:                             3              2              7              3                              15

Wake Forest:                     0              1              2              3                                6

Scoring:

Ahern (3g,1a), Huettenmoser (1g, 3a), Buechele (2g, 1a), Conlon (3g), Patch (1g,2a), Brennan (2g), Smith (1g,1a), Zacaroli (1g,1a), Pontiakos (1g), Haile (1a)

Saves:

Murray:  4 saves / 1 goal allowed

Speer:  3 saves / 3 goals allowed

Upton:  3 save / 2 goals allowed

Face Offs:

Pontiakos:  15 of 24

Notable:

- TJ Ahern notched his first hat trick of the season.

- Ryan Conlon notched his first collegiate hat trick.

- 10 of 15 goals were assisted

- Demetrius Murray posted a save percentage of .750%.

- Harry Luttrell and Steve Smith tied for 2nd on team in ground balls with 5. (Pontiakos led team with 7).

-  Charlie Pontiakos continues to dominate at the “X”. Wake put 4 different players out to try to equalize the Tiger face-off ace who still won 15 of 24. 

Postscript:

- Mike Schwartz is on schedule in recovery from his broken wrist suffered in the ECU game.

- Tom White has had successful surgery on Monday ,2/27 for his broken hand vs SCAD.

- Kyle Matusek had surgery on Tuesday, 2/28 for his broken collarbone vs FSU.

- Chris Fratus has been diagnosed with a fractured rib.

- Mike DiRocco suffered a concussion in practice last week and was forced to miss practice and this weekend’s games.

- Dan Imperiale suffered a concussion against FSU. We hope he will be cleared to play this weekend.

Enough injuries already!  Please wish these guys a complete and speedy recovery.

 

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