Up Next: 2/23 Middlebury; 2/27 @ Williams
2/19 Colby L 77-74
2/20 Bowdoin L 83-79
Despite two disappointing home losses this weekend, the men's basketball team received good news when they learned they would be heading to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year. After losing to Colby and Bowdoin on Friday and Saturday, the Continentals learned that St. Lawrence picked up its fourth UCAA (Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association) loss, thus clinching the conference championship for Hamilton and an automatic bid to the tournament. The Continentals are one of the first teams to receive an invitation to the tournament.
As has been the case all season long, Hamilton was led this weekend by senior forward Mike Schantz (Sharon, MA/Sharon) who averaged 33 points in the two games. On Friday night, Schantz became only the second Continental to eclipse the 2,000 point mark in his career. He now has 2,051 points with two regular-season games remaining. The scoring feat is second only to Cedric Oliver who scored 2,356 points while playing for Hamilton from 1975-79. For his performance, Schantz was named UCAA Player of the Week and earned a spot on the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) Honor Roll.
Sophomore guard Jim McCarthy (Jamaica Plain, MA/Brookline) averaged just over 15 points per game for the weekend and was deadly from three-point land, shooting 10 for 22 from downtown. He is currently third in the UCAA in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting an even 50 percent (44 for 68).
Hamilton must finish its regular season before learning their NCAA seeding. They take on Middlebury at home on Tuesday and travel to Williams on Saturday. The Continentals look to improve on their "Sweet Sixteen" finish in the tournament from a year ago.
Women's Basketball (2-20, 0-12 UCAA)
Up Next: 2/23 @ Middlebury; 2/27 Williams
2/19 @ Colby L 84-75
2/20 @ Bowdoin L 89-77
Women's basketball lost two games in Maine this past weekend and dropped their record to 2-20. On Friday, Hamilton trailed by five at the half and could never catch up as they lost to Colby 84-75. Saturday the Continentals relied on their long range shooting to stay in the game, but despite 10-18 shooting from beyond the arc, they fell to Bowdoin 89-77.
Freshman Jenny Russell (Pawling, NY/Pawling) continued to shine, picking up NESCAC and UCAA Rookie of the Week honors. For the week, Russell averaged 25.5 points per game and shot better than 50 percent from the field (17-of-33), 50 percent from 3-point land (6-of-12) and 84.6 from the foul line (11-of-13). Russell has now compiled more than 300 points this season (304). She leads Hamilton in that category and is second in the UCAA in scoring, averaging 16 points per game. Russell is also the league leader with 49 three-point baskets.
Freshman Amanda Siepiola (Clinton, NY/Clinton) also played well for the Continentals as she averaged 15 points per game for the week. Against Bowdoin, Siepiola hit four three-pointers in the losing effort.
Men's Ice Hockey (12-8-2)
Up Next: 2/27 ECAC Quarterfinals @ Trinity
2/19 Conn. College W 3-0
2/20 Wesleyan W 6-4
The Hamilton College men's hockey team qualified for its seventh consecutive appearance in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament and begins the quest to defend its ECAC East crown. As the fifth seed this year, the Continentals will face number-four seeded Trinity College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 27 in Hartford, CT. Hamilton lost, 5-3, to the Trinity Bantams in Hartford earlier in the season.
The Continentals finished their regular season at home this weekend with wins over Conn. College, the team they beat in the ECAC East Finals last year, and Wesleyan. On Friday against Connecticut, junior Chris Baudo (Tonawanda, NY) and senior Trevor MacArthur (Clifton Park, NY/Northwood School) scored first-period goals as Hamilton cruised to a 3-0 win. Netminder Scott Grenier (E. Taunton, MA/Governor Dummer Academy) made 24 saves in the shutout. Captain Brian Coakley (Canton, NY/Deerfield Academy) had the other Hamilton goal.
On Saturday, the Continentals overcame two first period power-play goals by the Wesleyan Cardinals and scored three unanswered goals in the second period to win their regular-season finale.
Hamilton was led by sophomore center Victor Cizmarik (Toronto, ONT) who scored two goals to increase his team-leading tally to 20. MacArthur, the Continentals leading point scorer (13 goals, 14 assists, 27 points), chipped in with a goal and an assist. Grenier was once again stellar between the pipes, stopping 20 shots in the win.
Despite getting off to a slow start, the Continentals finished the season strong going 7-1-1 in their last nine games, including wins in their last three contests.
Women's Ice Hockey (9-9-1)
Up Next: 2/27 Conn. College; 2/28 Sacred Heart 2/19 @ Vermont 3-0(W)
2/12 @ Middlebury 3-0(L)
The Hamilton College women's ice hockey team traveled to Vermont this past weekend for a two-game series in which they defeated the University of Vermont, 3-0, and lost to Middlebury by the same score. The Continentals' record now stands at 9-9-1, 7-7-1 in ECAC.
In Friday's win over Vermont, senior Stacy Tyksinski (Clinton, NY/Clinton) had a hand in all three goals as she