Connecticut College 9, Hamilton College 8
Green Closes Out Victory as Camels Halt Hamilton's Five-Game Winning Streak
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior midfielder Drew Green (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) intercepted a pass at midfield with 20 seconds left on his ride and the improving Connecticut College Camels were able to hold off a talented Hamilton squad for a 9-8 NESCAC victory on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Saturday.
The Camels have won four out of their last five games, improving their mark to 6-5 with 3-4 record in the NESCAC. Hamilton had its five-game winning streak halted Saturday as the visitors slipped to 6-5 with a 3-5 record in conference action.
"I am very proud of the guys and their effort today," Connecticut College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Dave Cornell extolled. "We stuck to the game plan and played hard against a very well coached team. Every win in the NESCAC is so tough to get. Now our focus shifts to Amherst Tuesday."
Connecticut College freshman Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) scored three goals to lead the offensive attack for the Camels. Juniors Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) and John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) both contributed with two goals and an assist for the hosts.
Sophomore Tyler Corcoran (Simsbury, Conn.) sandwiched a goal around two assists while junior midfielder Stephen Eicher (Northport, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist for the winning side.
Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset, Mass.) won 15-of-20 face-offs to go along with a game-high 10 ground balls. Senior net-minder Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) made 12 saves in the triumph.
Hamilton College senior attackman Jonathan Leanos (Long Valley, N.J.) erupted with four goals and two assists to lead the visitors in the setback. Henry Burchenal (Summit, N.J.) chipped in with two scores for the Continentals.
Mike Fiacco (Fayetteville, N.Y.) corralled four ground balls for the visitors. Senior net-minder Max Vaickus (Hingham, Mass.) stopped nine shots between the pipes.
Connecticut College held a 27-to-23 advantage in ground balls, while the Continentals enjoyed a 38-to-27 edge in shots.
The Camels took a 2-1 lead after one. Freedman scored twice in the final minute of the half and Connecticut College carried a 6-2 advantage into the break.
Hamilton trimmed the lead to 6¬-4 when Luke Sadoff (Massapequa, N.Y.) scored with 7:33 remaining in the third quarter.
But when Corcoran assisted Lyons for a deep shot from the top of the box with 2:24 remaining, the Camels had regained their four goal advantage at 8-4.
However, Leanos ended the third quarter with a goal that provided the visitors some momentum and made it an 8-5 contest as the team's headed into the final quarter of play.
Hamilton made a major push in the fourth quarter, out-shooting the Camels 13-to-3 in the frame. With 7:55 remaining, Leanos scored his fourth goal of the contest on an assisting feed from Paul Armideo (Homer, N.Y.) to trim the Camel lead to 9-8.
Hamilton had a golden opportunity with the ball and a chance to tie the game with less than a minute to play.
But Green was able to step into a passing lane to force the turnover with 20 seconds left. The Camels were able to hold on for the 9-8 victory.
Hamilton visits Williams College this Tuesday night for a 6:00 p.m. game in Williamstown, Mass. The Camels will host Amherst College Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. game in New London.
April 14, 2012