Lacrosse was one of the last things on young Clark Pearce’s mind when he submitted his application to the University of Akron last spring. The 18 year old was finishing his senior year at Eastridge Senior High School (Rochester, NY), and despite being an All-County performer for 3 consecutive years, he figured his lacrosse playing days were behind him.
But college was going to be more about academics for Pearce and less about playing lacrosse. “Eastridge is a smaller school, so the competition wasn’t as intense as it is in other parts of the state. I’ve never even played box.”
But here we are a year later and Clark has found himself starting on attack for the Akron Zips (Ranked 20th, Midwest Conf. DII), and the freshmen wasted little time making a statement.
Pearce scored 5 goals, including the first 3 of the game to help lead the Zips to a 14-3 victory over Youngstown State (1-1). Quite a debut for a kid that just a few months back had larger things than lacrosse on his mind. An academic scholar, Pearce, who began playing lacrosse in 5th grade, chose the University of Akron for its Engineering School and to be close to family, who have roots in nearby Cleveland.
Pearce was pleasantly surprised to find out that not only did Akron have a competitive N.C.L.L., team but that they didn’t operate like your run-of-the-mill club lax team. “It’s way more serious than I expected and I really like that.” Pearce stated. “I’m glad they want to be competitive, because that’s what I prefer.”
Pearce took his debut in stride and made sure to give his teammates plenty of credit. ” Remember that 4 of my goals we assisted,” said Pearce.”Overall it was a great team win, but now we are focusing on continuing our season strong.”
Despite the debut, Pearce says a starting position isn’t solidified just yet. “We have a lot of talent on attack and in the midfield, so keeping the starting spot will be a weekly thing,” Pearce added.
Clark and the Zips will look to do just that this Saturday 2/24, as they travel to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to take on the Crimson hawks (8-3 in 2017).
These days Clark uses a Maverick Wonderboy shaft, a Maverick Optik U head strung with StringKing mesh.
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Photos Courtesy of Akron Club Lax, Clark Pearce