Men's lacrosse edged by Union, 8-6
Hamilton College outscored Union College in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome an early 3-0 deficit, and the visiting Continentals lost 8-6 in a Liberty League contest at Frank Bailey Field on April 8.
Hamilton (3-6 overall, 1-2 Liberty) hosts Clarkson University for another league game on Saturday, April 11. The Continentals will honor all eight of their seniors.
Henry Burchenal '12 led Hamilton's offense with two goals. Max Akuamoah-Boateng '09 recorded one goal and one assist. Blake Hollinger '09 caused three turnovers and picked up three ground balls.
Union (5-3, 1-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter and held a 4-1 lead at halftime. Burchenal opened the scoring for Hamilton with 12:47 left in the second quarter on a set-up from Jon Leanos '12. Leanos leads Hamilton with 14 assists this season.
The Dutchmen scored two goals in the opening four minutes of the third quarter before the visitors reeled off three straight tallies. Peter Gerrity '09 got the ball rolling with 9:53 remaining in the third quarter and Burchenal struck again just 1:26 later. Akuamoah-Boateng scored his third goal this season to close the gap to 6-4 with 1:16 left in the quarter. Union answered with a goal 24 seconds later.
Andy Simon '09 scored just 1:04 into the fourth to close the gap to 7-5. Union pushed its advantage back to three goals with another midway through the quarter. Franke Holiber '10 scored his team-high 11th goal of the season with 6:50 to go to make it 8-6. Union enjoyed a commanding 41-25 advantage in shots and a 60-39 lead in ground balls.
Leanos picked up a team-high five ground balls and Paul Citarella '12 scooped up four more. Alex Lee '11 won 4-of-8 faceoffs and Max Vaickus '12 made 13 stops, including nine in the first quarter, in goal.