On Clarke: One of the nation's top long-stick defensive midfielders ... a two-year starter at long pole and is experienced in the team's defensive system ... a very good player when the ball is on the ground ... "needs to play at a high level for a more consistent period of time," according to Dave Cottle ... has worked to improve his physical conditioning.
As a junior (2006): Picked up a game-high six groundballs and caused three turnovers in 10-4 season opening victory at No. 7 Georgetown (2/25) ... two groundballs and two caused turnovers in 8-7 overtime win at No. 1 Duke (3/4) ... picked up four groundballs and caused a turnover in 9-6 win over No. 15 Towson (3/11) ... three groundballs and a caused turnover in 7-6 loss in double overtime to Bucknell (3/14) ... one groundball and a caused turnover in 9-4 victory at UMBC (3/18) ... caused a career-best four turnovers in 14-2 win over Dartmouth (3/21) ... also picked up two groundballs vs. the Big Green ... helped the Terp defense hold Dartmouth scoreless for 53:32 and without a shot for the first 23:04 of the game ... three groundballs and two caused turnovers in 9-6 win at North Carolina (3/25) ... two groundballs in 15-5 loss to No. 1 Virginia (4/1) ... two groundballs and two caused turnovers in 7-6 loss to No. 8 Navy (4/8) ... also assisted Max Ritz's fourth quarter goal ... two groundballs in 11-4 win at No. 6 Johns Hopkins (4/15) ... helped lead the Terp defense to a first-half shutout of Sacred Heart in an 18-2 Terp win (4/18) ... two groundballs and a caused turnover, as well as assisting a Joe Walters' goal vs. the Pioneers ... two groundballs and a caused turnover in 10-9 win over North Carolina (4/28) in the ACC Semifinals ... two groundballs and a caused turnover in 11-5 loss to No. 1 Virginia (4/30) in the ACC Finals ... one assist and a caused turnover in 12-4 win over No. 10 Penn (5/6) ... one groundball and a caused turnover in 16-8 win over No. 12 Denver (5/13) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... two groundballs in 11-6 win over No. 9 Princeton (5/21) in the NCAA Quarterfinals ... scored his second career goal and picked up three groundballs in 8-5 loss to No. 10 UMass (5/27) in NCAA Semifinals.
As a sophomore (2005): Was co-winner of the Faber Heagy Award for the team's unsung hero, along with Xander Ritz ... two groundballs and two caused turnovers in 13-6 season opening win over No. 5 Georgetown (2/26) ... two groundballs and two caused turnovers in 10-8 loss to Duke (3/5) ... two groundballs in 9-5 win at No. 9 Towson (3/12) ... four groundballs in 14-10 win at No. 18 Bucknell (3/15) ... career high six groundballs and caused one turnover in 16-10 win over UMBC (3/19) ... three groundballs in 7-6 loss to Dartmouth (3/22) ... three groundballs and two caused turnovers in 9-4 win over No. 19 North Carolina (3/26) ... two groundballs in 10-2 loss at No. 3 Virginia (4/2) ... four groundballs in 9-8 loss at No. 8 Navy (4/8) ... two groundballs and a caused turnover in 11-6 loss to No. 1 Johns Hopkins (4/15) ... one groundball and one caused turnovers in 9-6 win at No. 15 Fairfield (4/23) ... one groundball and one caused turnover in 8-7 overtime victory over No. 3 Virginia in the ACC Semifinals (4/29) ... three groundballs and two caused turnovers in 9-5 win over No. 2 Duke (5/1) to win the ACC championship ... two groundballs and one caused turnover in 14-10 win over No. 11 Penn State (5/14) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... one groundball in 9-8 overtime win over No. 8 Georgetown (5/22) in the NCAA Quarterfinals ... three groundballs in 18-9 loss to No. 2 Duke (5/28) in the NCAA Semifinals ... named to the Maryland Honor Roll.
As a freshman (2004): Played in 13 games with 22 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers ... also added a goal and two assists ... made collegiate debut with a groundball in 14-5 win at No. 6 Georgetown (2/28) ... four groundballs in most playing time in 19-4 rout of Butler (3/23) ... saw most significant time in 12-11 ACC Semfinal win over No. 16 Duke (4/25) ... first career assist on a pass to Mike Brown in transition vs. Blue Devils ... also had four groundballs in win ... three groundballs and caused three turnovers in 9-8 (2OT) win over No. 12 Notre Dame (5/1) ... posted second career assist and had two groundballs in 13-5 win over No. 13 Penn (5/8) in regular-season finale ... first career start as long-stick in 16-12 win over No. 14 Army (5/15) in NCAA First Round ... scored first career goal on a long shot from near midfield vs. Black Knights ... started on face-off wing in 9-8 (OT) loss to No. 6 Princeton (5/22) in NCAA Quarterfinals ... had four groundballs vs. the Tigers.
Before Maryland: Two-year varsity starter for the lacrosse and football teams at Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y. ... played for Jack Moran, father of recently-graduated All-American Ryan Moran ... named all-Long Island by the Catholic League as a junior and senior ... served as team captain and named team MVP as a senior ... was an all-league, all-city wide receiver for the Flyers as a senior ... also served as a football captain and voted team's most outstanding player as a senior after he had 37 receptions for more than 500 yards and 11 touchdowns ... helped Long Island to the Empire State Games gold medal in 2002.
Personal: Son of Maureen and Philip Clarke ... brother of Colin and Katie ... lists beating arch-rival St. Anthony's for the Catholic League Championship in 2002 as his biggest athletic thrill to date ... majoring in criminology.