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Colby rallies for men's lacrosse win

The Hamilton College Continentals dropped their third game to start 2014 with a 10-9 NESCAC loss against the Colby College Mules at Colby's Bill Alfond Field on Saturday afternoon.

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The Mules (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC) outscored Hamilton 5-1 in the fourth quarter and rallied from an 8-4 deficit late in the third. Alex Rutan ’16 scored the tying goal with 3:15 left in the fourth and notched the game winner with 1:24 to go. Derek Youngman ‘15, who assisted on Rutan’s tying score, led all players with five points.

The Continentals (0-3, 0-2) won the faceoff after Rutan’s go-ahead goal and had three shots at the tying score. Tyler Will ’15 earned the win for Colby, making 15 saves.

Hamilton used a 6-1 run that spanned the second and third quarters to take its 8-4 lead. John Zimmerman ’15, who matched a career high with four goals, contributed three including back-to-back scores in the second to break a 3-3 tie. Sam Sweet ’16 started the Hamilton run, converting a pass from Bryan Hopper ’14 to tie the score at 3-3 just 1:29 into the second quarter. Colby interrupted the Continentals’ streak with a goal by Sam Wasserman ’16 that cut the deficit to 5-4.

Pat Donahoe ’16 scored his first goal of the year to put Hamilton up 6-4 at the half and goals by Joe Ricciuti ’16 and Zimmerman gave the visitors an 8-4 lead with 3:59 left in the third.

The Mules’ comeback began with a goal by Austin Sayre ’17 late in the third quarter. They scored the first three goals of the fourth to tie the score with Youngman contributing two of the scores. Ricciuti gave the Continentals their final lead at 9-8 with 3:38 left off a Hopper assist.

Ricciuti finished with a career-best three goals. Sweet and Hopper contributed a pair of assists apiece. Trip Connors ’17 won 15 of 21 face-offs and led all players with 10 ground balls. Will Driscoll ’15 made nine saves.

Hamilton is back in action on Wednesday, March 12, hosting Utica College for the Contineer Cup at 4 p.m. The Mules host Gordon College on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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