Men's lacrosse 2013 NESCAC quarterfinal preview

The Hamilton College men's lacrosse team travels to Connecticut College's Artificial Turf at Silfen Field for a 2013 NESCAC Championship quarterfinal on Saturday, April 27.

The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. in New London. Click here to watch the live video stream. The winner advances to the semifinals, which are hosted by the highest remaining seed on Saturday, May 4.

Hamilton (9-5 overall) tied for fifth place in the conference standings and is the No. 7 seed for the championship. The Continentals are riding a five-game win streak into the postseason. Hamilton entered the week ranked 13th in Division III in man-down defense at 84.8 percent. The Continentals are making their second NESCAC championship appearance in the program's second year in the conference. John Zimmerman '15 is ranked fourth in the NESCAC with 20 assists.

Nationally ranked No. 15 Conn. College (11-3) tied for first place in the conference standings and is the No. 2 seed for the championship. The Camels are ranked sixth in the North Region by the NCAA and have won nine of their last 10 games. Conn. College has advanced to the semifinals just twice in eight previous championship appearances -- in 2001 and last year. Bobby Bleistein leads the NESCAC with a .669 save percentage.

The Camels' lone loss since mid-March was a 5-4 setback at Hamilton on April 13. The score was tied 3-3 after one quarter, the Continentals led 5-3 early in the third and neither team scored in the fourth quarter. Will Driscoll '15 made 15 saves for Hamilton.

Team capsules for both programs are listed below.

Overall record: 9-5
Conference record (finish): 5-5 (T-5th place)
Head coach: Scott Barnard, 7th year, 53-45
NESCAC championship appearances: Second
NESCAC championship titles: None
NESCAC championship record: 0-1
Last win vs. Connecticut College: 2013, 5-4 (April 13 at Hamilton)
Road/neutral record: 4-4
Goals per game: 8.43
Goals allowed per game: 7.43
Leading goal scorers: John Zimmerman ’15 (16), Connor Morgan ’15 (16), Bryan Hopper ’14 (15), Paul Armideo ’14 (13), Luke Walsh ’13 (13)
Assist leaders: Zimmerman (20), Armideo (9), Hopper (8)
Starting goalie: Will Driscoll ’15 (7.46 gaa, .586 save pct., 8-5)

Overall record: 11-3
Conference record (finish): 8-2 (T-1st place)
National ranking: No. 15
NCAA regional ranking: No. 6 in North Region
Head coach: Dave Cornell, 7th year, 62-47
NESCAC championship appearances: Ninth
NESCAC championship titles: None
NESCAC championship record: 2-8
Last win vs. Hamilton: 2012, 9-8
Home record: 6-1
Goals per game: 9.50
Goals allowed per game: 7.64
Leading goal scorers: Andrew Freedman (32), Chad Sawyer (29), Pat Leary (14), Briggs Barton (13)
Assist leaders: Freedman (14), JR Hartgers (13), Tyler Corcoran (9), Chad Sawyer (9)
Starting goalie: Bobby Bleistein (6.89 gaa, .669 save pct., 10-3)


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