The Hamilton College Continentals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-6 NESCAC win against the Williams College Ephs in a game played at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Tuesday afternoon.
The Continentals (4-8, 1-7 NESCAC) held the Ephs to one goal over the final 21 minutes. Hamilton scored the last four goals to rally from a 6-5 deficit with Connor Morgan ’15 contributing two goals and an assist during the pivotal stretch.
Morgan, who matched a career high with six points, notched the tying goal with 3:12 left in the third quarter and fed J.D. Brachman ’17 for the go-ahead goal 2:47 later. Both scores came on extra-man opportunities. The Continentals added two fourth-quarter goals and held the Ephs scoreless on five shots. Brian Bauersfeld ’15 scored midway through the period and Morgan closed out the scoring with his third goal.
Brachman’s game-winning goal marked the seventh lead change. The two teams were never separated by more than a goal for the first 52:38.
Hamilton grabbed a 1-0 lead 5:26 into the first quarter on a goal by Sam Sweet ’16. Morgan picked up the first of his three assists on the play. After Conor Roddy ’16 tied the score, the teams traded goals throughout the second quarter.
Bryson Gilbert-Bono ’16 put the Ephs ahead 1:10 into the quarter and Paul Armideo ’14 tied the score 50 seconds later. Gilbert-Bono fed Michael Fahey ’17 for another Williams goal before Hamilton closed the first half with goals by Morgan and Bauersfeld. Bauersfeld, who collected his first two-goal game, sent the Continentals into halftime with a 4-3 lead.
The Ephs (6-5, 4-3) opened the second half with a 3-1 run and took a 6-5 lead before the Continentals started their rally. Will Driscoll ’15 stopped Williams’ last eight shots and held the Ephs scoreless in the fourth quarter. Driscoll finished with 13 saves.
Trip Connors ’17 led Hamilton with six ground balls. Dylan Lahey ’15 picked up five and Casey Kopp ’17 added four. Lahey, Sellers Garrett ’16 and Matt Creeden ’16 caused two turnovers each. Armideo, Brachman and Pat Donahoe ’16 all finished with a goal and an assist.
Williams’ David Lee ’14 picked up six ground balls and Brendan Bossidy '16 added five. Stephen Upton '15 caused a pair of turnovers and Dan Whitman ’15 made 10 saves.
The Continentals play a NESCAC game at Connecticut College on Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. Williams hosts Colby College on Saturday afternoon.