Tigers Rout Missouri 21-6
Mar. 30, 2012
The night before the big clash with the Gamecocks, the Tigers welcomed the Tigers of the University of Missouri to campus. It’s tough to say whether this scheduling worked to our advantage or not. While it did get us back into game mode after our spring break, it’s undeniable that we had some guys wearing down late in the USC game which probably contributed to USC’s 4th quarter rally.
The Clemson Tiger offense had its most potent outing against Mizzou, racking up 21 points. It didn’t take the Tigers long to assert themselves on the offensive end as Clemson ran out to an 8-3 advantage at the end of the first period. Clemson continued on that theme in the 2nd, opening up to an 11-4 lead at half and then expanding on it in the 3rd , tallying 6 goals while shutting out Missouri for a 17-4 lead at the end of 3. The Tiger “guns” weren’t silent in the 4th either as Clemson outscored Missouri 4-2 in the final stanza to finish the game up 21-6.
Scoring by Quarter:
Clemson: 8 3 6 4 21
Missouri: 3 1 0 2 6
Patch (5g,2a), Buechele (3g,1a), Ahern (1g,2a), Kilbourn (2g,1a), Conlon (1g,1a), Fochtmann (2g), Murphy (2g), Brennan (1a), Haile (1g), Huettenmoser (1a), Imperiale (1g), Johnson (1a), Long (1g), Zacaroli (1g)
Murray: 5 saves. 4 goals allowed (.556 save %); Speer 4 saves, 2 goals allowed (.667 save %), Upton 2 saves, 0 goals allowed (1.00 save %)
Pontiakos: 7 of 13; Maher: 2 for 6; Milks 1 for 2;
21 is the score with highest goals scored for Tigers in 2012.
TJ Ahern had 2nd 3 point game in succession, scoring 1 goal and 2 assists vs Missouri along with 2 goals and 1 assist vs USC
Patch’s 5 goals are season high for the senior attackman
10 assisted goals out of total 21 are probably the lowest percentage of assisted goals in any game this year.
No rest for the Tigers in the near future. We welcome #23 Georgia to campus Wednesday night and then host lacrosse arch-rival Virginia Tech to town on Saturday at 1 pm. VT is currently ranked 8th in the country but had a tough weekend up in Buffalo this weekend. The Hokies dropped game to SUNY Buffalo, 8-6 (we know how that feels) while defeating New Hampshire, 8-6. Earlier last week VT defeated Missouri 12-4. The game of playing comparative scores is a dangerous one though. Both teams beat USC by 1, but the Hokies dominated FSU by a 12 goal margin compared to our 7 point spread. All that tells me is this game is a toss-up but will be a fierce battle for SELC supremacy. The Clemson – Va Tech game will be played on the football practice field, site of last season’s classic double OT victory over USC. Thanks to Rick and Matt Hogue for helping to make that field available to us.
While VT gets the immediate attention, we need to focus on Georgia. UGA gave us a tough game last year and was the only team to defeat the Tigers during fall ball. They are likely the cream of the crop of the SELC South this season, and it is not unlikely that we will see them again later in April. They played VT very tough, losing a low scoring 4-3 battle a week or so ago. Until Wednesday night about 9:30 pm we need to thinking only of the Bulldogs.
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