Men's lacrosse can't hold big lead at Conn. College
Connecticut College's Briggs Barton scored five goals and Derek Bertolini had seven assists, and the Camels rallied for a 13-10 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Conn. College's Artificial Turf at Silfen Field on April 12.
Hamilton (4-9, 1-8 NESCAC) held a 6-0 lead midway through the second quarter but the Camels scored the next eight goals and led for the final 21 minutes. The Continentals were coming off a 9-6 win against Williams College on Tuesday.
Tyler Hegarty netted three goals and JR Hartgers chipped in two for Conn. College. Thomas Woessner and Ross Thompson posted one goal and one assist apiece. John Hazard won 18 of 27 face-offs and scooped up nine ground balls, and Bobby Bleistein made 14 saves.
Connor Morgan '15 paced the Hamilton offense with four goals. Sam Sweet '16 and Paul Armideo '14 added one goal and two assists apiece. Bryan Hopper '14 scored two goals and both Pat Donahoe '16 and Matt Hrvatin '15 recorded one goal and one assist. John Zimmerman '15 was credited with two assists and Trip Connors '17 won eight face-offs and collected six ground balls. Will Driscoll '15 made seven stops.
The Camels (8-5, 4-4) scored their first goal with 7:10 left in the second quarter and trailed 6-2 at the break. Hartgers had both goals. Conn. College proceeded to notch the first six goals of the third quarter for an 8-6 advantage.
Bertolini and Barton tallied goals 43 seconds apart in the third and pulled the Camels within 6-4. Barton trimmed the deficit to one before Thompson took a feed from Bertolini and unloaded for the equalizer with 7:10 remaining in the third. Barton buried another goal from the right side of the box off a Bertolini assist and provided the Camels with their first lead at 7-6 with 6:00 left.
With 4:49 left in the third, Woessner capped the rally when he unloaded a shot from the top of the box off another assist from Bertolini. Hopper finally ended the Continentals' drought and pulled them within 8-7 with 1:28 remaining in the third when he buried a shot from long range. The Camels held a 10-1 shot advantage in the quarter.
Conn. College pulled away by scoring the first four goals of the fourth quarter. Hegarty accounted for three of the scores from just outside the crease and closed out the run with a goal that put the hosts up 12-7 with 7:42 to go.
Morgan scored two of the first three goals and vaulted Hamilton out to a 3-0 advantage after one quarter. The Continentals continued to build their advantage and when Sweet scored in an unsettled situation off an Hrvatin assist at the 8:31 mark of the second, it was a six-goal lead for Hamilton.
The Continentals wrap up 2014 with a NESCAC game at Trinity College on Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m.