Hopper is the leading returner in points with 23 on 18 goals and five assists. Paul Armideo '14 ranked third on the team last year with 14 assists and scored eight goals. Walsh was one of five players that finished in double figures in goals with 10.
The defense, led by Reed, Mike Fiacco '13 and Chad Berger '14, is a veteran group. Fiacco picked up 41 ground balls and caused a team-high 21 turnovers. Reed caused 18 turnovers and Berger finished with 13 to go with 32 ground balls. Baylis Treen '15 posted 18 caused turnovers and 29 ground balls as a freshman long-stick midfielder. Clarke chipped in 30 ground balls from his midfield position.
Hamilton plays its home games at Steuben Field on the site's artificial grass surface, which was installed in 2009. Steuben Field has been the football team's home for more than 100 years. The Continentals open the 2013 home schedule against Colby College on March 16. Other NESCAC home games include Amherst College (March 30), Connecticut College (April 13) and Senior Day against Williams College on April 16.
The Class of 2012 won 33 games at Hamilton. Leanos finished fourth all-time with 179 points and tied for fourth place with 92 assists. He was the 2009 Liberty League rookie of the year. He led the league in assists and points per game in 2011 when he finished with 34 helpers and 64 points. Henry Burchenal '12 ended up third with 106 career goals, and Max Vaickus '12 made 473 saves in his career to land in fourth place on the program's all-time list. Paul Citarella '12 won 339 faceoffs, Sadoff scored 50 goals and Garrett Akie '12 owns the team's record for lowest goals against average in a season.
The Continentals ended 2011 with four straight wins, including a 9-8 upset of nationally ranked No. 11 Skidmore College, and finished the season with a record of 11-3. The 11 wins were the most for the team since 2006, and the team went 7-1 at home. Defense led the way for Hamilton in 2011. The Continentals posted a 6.21 goals against average and a penalty kill percentage of 82.9 percent. Hamilton practiced at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill during spring break.
Hamilton enjoyed plenty of success in the Liberty League from 1996 to 2011. The Continentals ran off six straight winning seasons starting in 2001, and made appearances in the league's postseason championship in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Hamilton won the 2003 league title with a 4-1 win against Skidmore and earned a bid to the program's first NCAA championship. Hamilton posted a record of 10-4 in 2010, and the team was an impressive 7-1 away from home.
2003 was a watershed season for the program. Hamilton won a team-record 15 games and two players earned All-America honors. The Continentals won their first league title and advanced to the NCAA championship for the first time. Hamilton prevailed 11-10 at home in sudden-victory overtime against Eastern Connecticut State University in an NCAA first round game. The Continentals took on national powerhouse SUNY Cortland in the quarterfinals and lost by one goal.
The program was created in 1949 and Hamilton has won more than 300 games since then. Legendary coach Manfred von Schiller guided the Continentals to 184 of those victories from 1960 to 1996. He is ranked 21st on the all-time wins list for men's lacrosse coaches. Hamilton made three trips to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship under von Schiller. The Continentals made their first postseason appearance in 1975, when Hamilton posted a 9-4 record and played in the ECAC championship. The 1982 and 1983 teams combined to win 24 of 27 games. The Continentals made the ECAC championship and finished with a record of 10-3 in 1988.
Six players have received eight All-America honors since 2002. Attackman Jack Newton '06 scored 108 goals from 2003 to 2006 and was an All-American after his senior year. Long-stick midfielder Andy Laskowski '04 and attackman Matt Silverio '03 garnered two All-America awards apiece. Silverio finished his career as the program's all-time leader in goals (219) and points (281). He was drafted to play in a professional lacrosse league after graduation. Gary Mahood and Don Kepler, Jr. were the program's first two All-Americans in 1962 and 1963, respectively.
Seven student-athletes earned a spot on the 2012 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. Each NESCAC all-academic team honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing at his institution. Corbin Brown '11 formed Hamilton Against Hunger, which donates food not used by campus dining halls to a shelter in Utica.