Men's soccer ends regular season on high note

Dan Tempest '13
Dan Tempest '13

Dan Tempest '13 scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to lead Hamilton College to a 4-1 win over Utica College in a non-conference game at Hamilton's Love Field on Oct. 25.

Frank Campagnano '12 netted his 18th career goal, and Buck Reynolds '15 scored his first goal for the Continentals.  Griffin Abbott '15 added two assists, and Dillon Friday '12, Leo Nizzi '14 and Bennett Weinerman '12 chipped in one each. Abbott leads the team with three assists and nine points.

John Kamilow '15 scored for Utica, and Jeff Konieczny '13 was credited with the assist. Anthony Caruso '14 started in goal for Utica and made three saves in 71:09 before giving way to David Abdou '15, who finished the game in goal for the Pioneers. 

Hamilton (5-6-3 overall) is unbeaten in its last four games, going 2-0-2 over that span.  Utica (11-6-0) had its win streak snapped at six games.  Hamilton leads the all-time series between the two programs, 31-1-0.

Hamilton got on the board first in the 26th minute when Abbott headed a ball in front of the net towards Tempest, who collected and fired the ball into the back of the net. The Continentals led 1-0 at the half.

Hamilton got on the board again early in the second half on a corner kick.  Nizzi played the ball from the left corner to Friday at the far post.  Friday then sent a perfectly placed header to Tempest, who headed the ball into the goal.  It was the second assist of the year for Friday, and the first for Nizzi.

Hamilton pushed its lead to 3-0 in the 65th minute when Weinerman played a long pass down the right side to a steaking Abbott, who found Campagnano in the center of the field.  Campagnano collected and buried the ball into the net for his second goal of the year.  Weinerman was credited with the sixth assist of his Hamilton career.

Utica made the score 3-1 in the 83rd minute. Konieczny picked up a loose ball on the right side of the endline and sent a cross towards the back post that was deflected to Kamilow, who slotted it into the net for his third goal of 2011.  It was the second assist of the year for Konieczny.

Reynolds rounded out the scoring with just under 5 minutes remaining.  After a Hamilton cross was deflected to his feet, Reynolds turned to his right, beat his defender off the dribble and blasted a shot into the corner of the net.

Eric Boole '13 started in goal for the Continentals and recorded three saves in 80 minutes, 47 seconds.  Dan Coulter '13 played the final 9:13 in goal for Hamilton. Utica held a 15-11 shot advantage, and took three corner kicks to Hamilton's two. 

With the final round of NESCAC games taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, Hamilton will know that night whether it qualifies for the NESCAC championship.  The top eight teams qualify for the tournament.

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