Men's lacrosse wins thriller at Drew

Jon Leanos '12
Jon Leanos '12

Jon Leanos '12 scored his eighth goal this year with 2:51 left in the fourth quarter to snap a 6-6 tie and lift Hamilton College to a 7-6 win against Drew University in a non-league game at Drew's Ranger Stadium on March 24.

It was a family reunion of sorts in Madison, N.J., as Leanos went up against his father and Drew's head coach, Tom Leanos. Hamilton (4-0 overall) has started the season with four wins for the first time since 2006, when the Continentals won their first five games. The Rangers (3-2) have lost two in a row.

Leanos finished with one goal, one assist, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Henry Burchenal '12 led all players with three goals and has 10 this year. Paul Citarella '12 won half of his 16 faceoffs. Garrett Akie '12 made six saves and played all 60 minutes in goal.

Drew opened the scoring with 10:35 left in the first quarter. Hamilton tied the score with 1:52 remaining in the first when Luke Sadoff ’12 scored his fourth goal of the year. Just 41 seconds later, Drew took back the lead with a goal to make the score 2-1.
Luke Walsh ’13 tied the score at 2-2 with his second goal of the year, and Burchenal gave the Continentals their first lead with 7:25 left in the second quarter. The Rangers tied the score again with 3:43 left in the quarter. Burchenal scored his second goal of the night off an assist from Leanos during a man-up opportunity a little more than a minute later to give Hamilton a 4-3 edge at the half.
With 7:11 left in the third quarter, Stephen Lefebvre ‘11 scored his first goal of the season and gave the Continentals a two-goal cushion. The Rangers cut their deficit to 5-4 with 5:56 left in the third. Burchenal scored an unassisted goal with eight seconds left in the quarter to put Hamilton ahead, 6-4.

With 9:58 left in the final quarter, Drew found the back of the net to get within one. Three minutes, 10 seconds later, the Rangers tied the game at 6-6. That set the stage for Leanos, and Drew didn't score again. Akie made a save just before time ran out to preserve the victory.

The Continentals held a slim 25-24 advantage in shots. Hamilton picked up 27 ground balls and the Rangers collected 18. The Continentals host Cazenovia College for another non-league game on Saturday, March 27.
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