Sadoff Paces Hamilton to NESCAC Win over Bates

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Luke Sadoff '12 scored a career-high four goals and led Hamilton College to a 12-8 win against Bates College in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Steuben Field on April 7.

The Continentals (5-4 overall, 3-4 NESCAC) won their fourth straight game. This was the first meeting between Hamilton and Bates (4-6, 2-5) in the history of the two programs.

Henry Burchenal '12 matched Sadoff with four goals and leads the Continentals with 19. Bryan Hopper '14 chipped in two goals and one assist, Pax Anthos '14 added one goal and one assist and Paul Armideo '14 was credited with two assists.

Jon Leanos '12 tallied one goal and had three assists for Hamilton. Leanos moved into fourth place on the team's career list with 159 points. Max Vaickus '12 started in goal and made five saves, and Garrett Akie '12 stopped one shot in the final 4 minutes, 43 seconds.

Paul Citarella '12 won 13 of 23 faceoffs and scooped up four ground balls for the Continentals. Matt Hill '13 and Mike Clarke '13 picked up four ground balls apiece, and both Clarke and Ed Reed '13 led the defense with two caused turnovers.

Rob Highland '13 paced the Bobcats' offense with three goals and one assist. Jason Hichborn '12 notched two goals and one assist, and Dan Hines '13, Jack Strain '15 and Mac Jackson '15 scored one goal each. Kyle Starr '13 picked up two assists and leads the team with 10.

Adam Scharff '12 started in goal and made eight saves. Charlie Kazarian '14 relieved Scharff early in the fourth quarter. Jackson won nine faceoffs and Andrew Berry '12 collected five ground balls. Kevin Helm '12 led the defense with five ground balls and a game-high four caused turnovers.

Hopper gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead on his seventh goal just 87 seconds into the first quarter. Hichborn tied the score on his team-high 11th goal with 8:28 left in the quarter. Burchenal put the Continentals in front for good with 6:21 remaining, and scored again with 2:24 left. Hamilton led 3-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Sadoff gave the Continentals a three-goal cushion 43 seconds into the second quarter. Highland cut Bates' deficit to 4-2 on a man-up goal with 7:28 remaining in the second. The Bobcats were 3 for 6 on extra-man opportunities.

Hamilton began to pull away with two goals 33 seconds apart later in the quarter. First it was Sadoff on a feed from Anthos with 5:15 left, and then Leanos made it 6-2 with his 18th goal with 4:42 remaining.

The Continentals led 6-2 at the half and Bates didn't get closer than three goals the rest of the afternoon. At one point, Hamilton's lead ballooned to seven goals at 11-4 after Burchenal scored from Leanos with 12:36 left in the fourth quarter.

The Continentals held a 31-27 edge in shots and were successful on 20 of 23 clear attempts.

Hamilton travels to Skidmore College for a non-conference game on Wednesday, April 11. The Bobcats are off until April 17, when they host Tufts University in NESCAC action.

2012-04-07



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