No. 3 Amherst Falls to Hamilton for Second Loss in a Row

AMHERST, Mass. Third-ranked Amherst dropped its second-straight game, falling to 7-2 on the season with a 12-6 loss to NESCAC rival Hamilton on Gooding Field.

Outscoring Amherst 7-0 in an impressive second half performance, Hamilton improved to 3-4 (2-4 NESCAC) on the year, while the Jeffs fell to 3-2 in league play.

Controlling possession during the first five minutes, Hamilton's Luke Sadoff '12 buried his eighth goal of the season just 3:51 after the opening whistle to stake the visitors to an early 1-0 lead. After Jonathan Leanos '12 fired a shot toward the Amherst cage at the nine minute mark that prompted a Samuel Jakimo '12 (Woodbury, N.Y.) save, Paul Armideo '14 picked off the Jeff goalie's attempted clear before slotting a shot into the upper corner to extend the Hamilton advantage.

Looking to get the home team going, Aaron Mathias '14 (Ridgefield, Conn.) responded with a goal just 1:51 later, but Armideo again beat Jakimo just shy of the four minute mark to push the Continentals' margin back up to two.

Still down 3-1 with just over a minute remaining in the opening period, Cole Cherney '12 (Chappaqua, N.Y.) buried his 21st goal to pull the Jeffs back within one. Regaining possession in the waning moments of the first, Alex Fox '12 (Garden City, N.Y.) found Devin Acton '14 (Sudbury, Mass.) on the left side of the field, who ripped a hard shot past Max Vaickus '12 at the horn to tie the game.

Hoping to regain the momentum, Bryan Hopper '14 wasted no time getting on the board in the second, momentarily putting Hamilton back on top just 2:57 into the quarter. Acton answered with a goal just 40 seconds later before Mathias took advantage on a man-up opportunity, giving the Jeffs their first lead of the day at the 9:37 mark.

With under four minutes to go in the half, Henry Burchenal '12 tied things up at 5-5, but Mathias quickly struck again, needing just 1:08 to notch his third goal of the afternoon which gave the Purple and White a one-goal lead heading into the intermission.

Wanting to set the tone early, Leanos tied the game just 13 seconds into the third quarter before Burchenal put the Continentals ahead with a goal at 8:20. On the ensuing restart, Paul Citarella '12 won the faceoff before carrying it into the offensive zone and rifling a shot past Jakimo to suddenly give Hamilton a two-goal cushion.

Trying to carry their momentum into the final period, Hopper made it 9-6 with a score less than a minute into the frame before Leanos upped the margin to four with a tally at 12:37. Looking for more, Luke Walsh '13 got into the act, extending the lead to 11-6 before McCullough Shriver '13 put the wraps on the Continentals' impressive second-half stretch, netting Hamilton's 12th and final goal with 4:16 on the clock.

Despite getting outshot 36-34 and losing 11 of 20 faceoffs, Hamilton controlled the possession in the offensive zone for most of the second half, holding Amherst scoreless over the final 32:49 of game action. Vaikus made 11 saves to improve to 3-4 on the year, while Jakimo finished with 10 stops.

Mathias led the Jeff offense with three goals, while Acton had a pair of scores. Leanos, Armideo, Hopper and Burchenal each had two goals for Hamilton, with Sadoff adding a pair of assists.

Amherst will look to get back on track on Saturday, Apr. 7 when it begins a four-game road swing with a trip to Middlebury.


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