Men's lacrosse rallies at Skidmore for fifth straight win
Bryan Hopper '14 scored a season-high four goals and Hamilton College came from behind to post an 11-9 win against Skidmore College in a non-conference game at Skidmore's Wachenheim Field on April 11.
Hamilton (6-4 overall) won its fifth straight game as the two former Liberty League rivals squared off under the lights. The Continentals travel to Connecticut College for a NESCAC contest on Saturday, April 14.
Luke Sadoff '12 and Henry Burchenal '12 chipped in two goals apiece for the winners. Jon Leanos '12 recorded one goal and two assists, and Luke Walsh '13 added one goal and one helper. Paul Armideo '14 scored his seventh goal and John Zimmerman '15 was credited with an assist.
Max Vaickus '12 made nine saves for Hamilton. Paul Citarella '12 won eight faceoffs and scooped up a team-high five ground balls.
Mike Perlow and Brian Connolly paced the Thoroughbreds' offense with two goals and one assist apiece. J.P. Sullivan and Josh Trachtenberg tallied two goals apiece and Richie Davis had the other. Jeff Caruso and Ryan Paradis picked up one assist apiece. Paradis won 15 of 24 faceoffs and collected eight ground balls. Matt Diaco stopped 14 shots, including eight in the second quarter.
The Continentals scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to turn a 7-7 tie into a 10-7 advantage. Hopper put Hamilton in front for good on his third goal of the night just 53 seconds into the final quarter. Sadoff made it 9-7 with 12:48 left, and Hopper gave the Continentals a three-goal cushion with his 12th with 4:16 remaining.
After a goal by Trachtenberg stopped Hamilton's run, Sadoff found the back of the net for the 15th time with 1:20 left. Trachtenberg completed the scoring with 53 seconds remaining.
Skidmore (5-6) got out to an early 2-0 lead behind back-to-back goals by Perlow and Sullivan, but Hamilton answered right back with goals by Leanos and Armideo. The Thoroughbreds responded as Perlow and Sullivan found the back of the net once more for a 4-2 lead after one quarter.
The Continentals made it 4-4 as Walsh and Burchenal tallied the first two goals of the second quarter. Once again Skidmore answered, this time with goals by Davis and Connolly before Hopper closed the half with a goal to get Hamilton within 6-5 at the break.
Goals by Hopper and Burchenal to start the third gave the Continentals their first lead of the game at 7-6. Connolly tied the score again on his second goal of the game with 51 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Hamilton enjoyed a big 54-28 shot advantage and was successful on 19 of 22 clear attempts. The Continentals committed 18 turnovers to Skidmore's 24.