NESCAC men's lacrosse quarterfinal preview

Hamilton College travels to nationally ranked No. 20 Trinity College for a 2012 NESCAC men's lacrosse championship quarterfinal at Trinity's Jessee/Miller Field in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, April 28.


No admission fee will be charged for this event that starts at 1 p.m. The winner moves on to the championship semifinals, which will be held at the site of the highest remaining seed, on Saturday, May 5. The title game is scheduled for Sunday, May 6.

Hamilton (9-5 overall, 5-5 NESCAC) tied for sixth place in the conference standings and is the championship's No. 7 seed. The Continentals are making their first appearance in this event. Hamilton's lacrosse teams competed in the Liberty League from 1996 to 2011.

The Continentals have won three straight games and eight of their last nine heading into Saturday. One of those victories was a 9-7 triumph over Trinity at home on April 21. Hamilton owns a 6-3 record in games decided by two goals or less this year.

The Continentals are led by Jon Leanos '12, who ranks fourth in program history with 174 career points and fifth with 90 assists. Henry Burchenal '12 is third with 104 career goals and goalie Max Vaickus '12 is fourth all-time with 463 saves. Hamilton has won two of the three all-time meetings with the Bantams.

Trinity (9-5, 7-3) finished second in the conference standings and is the championship's No. 2 seed. The Bantams have won one game -- last year -- in six previous trips to this event. The No. 2 seed is Trinity's highest in NESCAC championship history.

At the start of the week, the Bantams led the NESCAC in man-up goals and caused turnovers per game. Trinity has a 4-3 record in contests decided by two goals or less. The Bantams posted a seven-game win streak earlier this season.

Please find team capsules listed below.

Overall record
: 9-5
Conference record (finish): 5-5 (T-6th place)
Head coach: Scott Barnard, 6th year, 44-39
NESCAC championship appearances: First
NESCAC championship titles: None
NESCAC championship record: 0-0
Last win vs. Trinity: 2012, 9-7 (April 20 at Hamilton)
Road/neutral record: 5-2
Goals per game: 9.93
Goals allowed per game: 8.86
Leading goal scorers: Henry Burchenal ’12 (30), Jon Leanos ’12 (26), Luke Sadoff ’12 (22)
Assist leaders: Leanos (19), Sadoff (13), Paul Armideo ’13 (13)
Starting goalie: Max Vaickus ’12 (8.65 gaa, .544 save pct., 9-5)

Overall record
: 9-5
Conference record (finish): 7-3 (2nd place)
National ranking: No. 20
NCAA regional ranking: No. 6 in North Region
Head coach: Michael Higgins, 2nd year, 21-9
NESCAC championship appearances: Seventh
NESCAC championship titles: None
NESCAC championship record: 1-6
Last win vs. Hamilton: 2000, 10-7
Home record: 5-2
Goals per game: 8.71
Goals allowed per game: 7.89
Leading goal scorers: Rob Nogueras (30), Nick Shaheen (15), Jeff Hebert (13)
Assist leaders: Hauck (10), Shaheen (8), Hebert (8)
Starting goalie: Peter Johnson (7.89 gaa, .598 save pct., 9-5)

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