Thursday, April 28, 2005

CLARKE SCORES 100th CAREER POINT FOR MEN'S LACROSSE

MEDFORD Tufts senior tri-captain Devin Clarke (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) scored two goals and chipped in one assist in an April 13 lacrosse game against conference foe Middlebury College to put himself over the 100-point career scoring milestone. 

A four-year member of the Jumbos, Clarke has been a strong contributor in each of his four seasons as a Jumbo. He has now amassed a total of 113 points (77 goals, 36 assists) in 58 games over the course of his collegiate career. 

As a freshman, Clarke appeared in 13 of the Jumbos' 14 games, netting four goals and adding two assists for six points during his rookie year.  Clarke emerged as a force for the Jumbos during his sophomore season, scoring 22 goals and assisting on 14 others for a total of 36 points, the third-best mark of any Jumbo during the 2003 campaign.

As a junior, Clarke became an all-star, scoring a career-high 28 goals with 13 assists for 41 points in 2004, second on the team. He was chosen to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) First Team after tying for sixth in the league with 1.75 goals per game. He was also an All-New England First Team selection. Clarke was also named STX/United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (USILA) 2004 All-America Honorable Mention.

So far this season, the senior tri-captain has tallied a total of 30 points, scoring 23 goals, while adding seven assists to the mark.  Clarke has twice netted five goals in a game this spring, in a 16-8 Jumbo stomping of Endicott College on March 18 and in a tight 10-9 loss at Wesleyan on April 27.

The Jumbos, led by eighth-season coach Mike Daly, currently sit tied for fifth in the NESCAC standings with a 4-4 record (8-4 overall).  Tufts plays their final regular-season game at Connecticut College on Saturday in crucial match-up that will play a big factor in the team's NESCAC Tournament fate. The first round begins the next day (May 1).

Clarke and fellow senior tri-captain Bryan Griffin (West Islip, NY/West Islip) have been synonymous with the team's rise into the national rankings over the last three seasons. Tufts moved up as high as #3 in the weekly USILA poll earlier this season.

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