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Continentals Sports Update (events through 1/31/99)

By John A. Bottar, Sports Information Director  |  Contact John A. Bottar, Sports Information Director
Posted February 2, 1999
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Men's Basketball (10-4, 7-3 UCAA) UP NEXT: 2/2 @ Hobart; 2/5 Trinity; 2/6 Amherst 1/26 @ St. Lawrence L 87-98

1/29 @ Tufts L 66-74

1/30 @ Bates W 117-78

After winning three in a row the previous week and claiming second place in the NCAA East Region poll, the Continentals men's basketball team hit its second two-game losing streak this past week before finding their winning ways in 117-78 blow out of Bates College.

Michael Schantz (Sharon, MA/Sharon) claimed his fourth Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor this season for the Division III Upstate New York region. Schantz shot better than 52% from the field in three games this week, averaging 24.7 points and eight rebounds per contest, including a 35-point explosion in a 117-78 rout of Bates College. Schantz leads the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in points (24.1 per game) and rebounds (12.3 per game).

Senior center Jon Schmiegel (Wantagh, NY/Calhoun) continues to make his presence known under the boards for Hamilton. In only nine games he has grabbed 114 rebounds (12.7 per game) and scored 181 points (20.1 per game). His 35 point, 17 rebound effort against Union on January 23 helped the Continentals to a 84-79 comeback victory, head coach Tom Murphy's 500th career win. Murphy is one of only 12 coaches to have notched at least 500 victories at the Division III level. Jim McCarthy (Jamaica Plain, MA/Brookline) leads the team in three-point shooting, hitting half of every trey he attempts (23-46) and is nearly perfect from the free throw line (87.5%).

Women's Basketball (1-13, 0-10 UCAA) UP NEXT: 2/2 @ William Smith; 2/5 @ Trinity; 2/6 @ Amherst 1/26 @ St. Lawrence L 59-74 1/29 Tufts L 57-61 1/30 Bates L 44-68 After leading for most of the game against the Tufts University Jumbos, the Continentals came up four points short in their quest for their second win of the season, 57-61. The women's squad played a 12-1 Bates team close for awhile before losing 44-68.

The bright spot in the weekend was when Jen Moran (Leonia, NJ/Leonia) made history in Saturday's game versus Bates College. The senior guard/forward scored 18 of her team-high 20 points in the second half of the game to help lift her over the 1,000-point plateau in her career playing women's basketball at Hamilton College.

Moran became only the fifth women's basketball player to score at least 1,000 career points, currently standing at 1,004 with 10 more games to play this season. Scoring 12.2 points per game, Moran could easily eclipse Sarah Feyerherm (1982-86) who sits in fourth place on the career-scoring list with 1,057 markers. Continentals' head coach Julie Diehl (1989-93) holds the record for most points scored in a season with 1,451.

Men's Ice Hockey (7-7-2) UP NEXT: 2/5 @ Southern Maine; 2/6 @ Salem State 1/29 New England T 4-4 1/30 St. Anselm W 5-3 The Hamilton College men's hockey team has evened its record at 7-7-2 with a win and a tie this past weekend.

The Continentals skated to a 4-4 overtime tie against New England College Friday evening, a game in which they squandered a three goal lead by giving up four consecutive goals to the Pilgrims. Late in the third period the Continentals were able to even the score with a four-on-four goal with three minutes to go in regulation.

Zac Sweetland (Hickory Corners, MI/Deerfield Academy) led the attack with two goals and now leads the team in scoring with 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists). Sean Smith (Ottawa, ONT) and John Manley (Hyde Park, MA/Noble and Greenough) each contributed one goal. Defenseman Brian Coakley (Canton, NY/Deerfield Academy) racked up two assists. Netminder Scott Grenier (East Taunton, MA/Governor Dummer Academy) had 33 saves in goal for Hamilton.

In the 5-3 win over St. Anselm, the Continentals were up 3-1 going into the third period, but St. Anselm scored two consecutive breakaway goals in 11 seconds to tie the game at three. But Hamilton responded five minutes later with two goals in 36 seconds to break the game open.

Defenseman Craig Leger (St. Catherines, ONT) scored the game-winner with a slap shot from the left hashmark, while Victor Cizmarik (Toronto, ONT) scored his 15th goal of the season with an insurance tally that put the Continentals up for good. Hamilton goalie Scott Grenier (East Taunton, MA/Governor Dummer Academy) registered 24 saves in the win.

Women's Ice Hockey (6-6-1) UP NEXT: 2/5 Skidmore; 2/6 North Country 1/29 Trinity W 4-0 1/30 Wesleyan L 1-4 Hamilton's women's ice hockey team also has evened its record to 6-6-1 and looks to break above the .500 mark this week. Sophomore forward Kathleen Lubin (McLean, VA/The Potomac School) continues to pace the Continentals with team-high 19 points (13 goals, 6 assists) as she drew first blood with the opening goal in Hamilton's 4-0 win over Trinity. Lubin also added two assists. Sophomore forwards Meghan Stasz (Geneva, NY/Geneva) and Lauren Spoon (East Lansing, MI/Seaholm) added a goal and an assist each for the Continentals, while freshman goalie Christine Capeless ( South Burlington, VT/Westminster School) had 11 saves.

Despite playing to a one-all tie in the first period of Sunday's game with Wesleyan, the Continentals gave up three goals in the second stanza as the Cardinals improved their record to 11-4. Senior captain Lydia Heenan (Chicago, IL/Westminster School) netted Hamilton's only g

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