Armideo's Four Goals Help Hamilton Knock off No. 5 Tufts

MEDFORD - Junior Paul Armideo (Homer, NY) scored four goals as Hamilton opened its 2013 season with a 10-9 victory at Tufts on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.

The Continentals (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) held a 52-28 advantage in shots and got 13 face-off wins from freshman Nate Menninger (Newton, MA). Junior Bryan Hopper (Ridgewood, NJ) and senior Luke Walsh (Loudonville, NY) each added two goals, while sophomore John Zimmerman (Syracuse, NY) contributed a goal and two assists.

Tufts (0-1, 0-1) was led by a pair of goals from junior Jack McDermott (Medfield, MA) and freshman John Uppgren (Stillwater, MN). Junior Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, TN) was solid in goal with 15 saves.

The Jumbos' only lead of the game came at the 5:04 mark of the first quarter when senior Sam Diss (Ridgwood, NJ) scored for a 2-1 margin. Hamilton tallied the next four each by different players to gain a 5-2 advantage that they would not relinquish. The Jumbos closed to within 6-4 at halftime after a goal by senior defenseman John Heard (Greenwich, CT) with 24 seconds remaining until intermission.

Uppgren's second of the game at 8:05 of the third had Tufts within 6-5, but Armideo answered a minute later for Hamilton to make it 7-5. McDermott scored for the Jumbos a minute after that, but Armideo's fourth of the game started a three-goal run that gave the visitors a 10-6 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Tufts made a late charg, scoring three goals in the final seven minutes including one by senior Ben Saperstein (Hewlett, NY) to cut the gap to 10-9 with 33 seconds left in regulation. However, Menninger got his final face-off win for Hamilton and senior Matthew Hill (Medway, MA) scooped up the ground ball, helping the Continentals run out the clock for the win.

Sophomore Will Driscoll (Riverside, CT) made seven saves to get the victory in goal for Hamilton. Senior Mike Clarke (Dedham, MA) was excellent defensively, recording three caused turnovers and getting three ground balls. Zimmerman was on the spot for four ground balls in the offensive end.

Uppgren recorded a game-high five ground balls for Tufts, while Saperstein was one of three Jumbos who finished with three. Freshman Blake Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD) caused two turnovers.

Tufts next travels to Connecticut College for NESCAC action on Tuesday at 4:30. Hamilton continues a busy weekend with a game at Wesleyan tomorrow at 1:00 pm.

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MEDFORD, Mass. -- Hamilton College's Paul Armideo '14 scored four goals and the Continentals opened 2013 with a 10-9 NESCAC victory over nationally ranked No. 5 Tufts University at Tufts' Bello Field on March 9.

Bryan Hopper '14 and Luke Walsh '13 added two goals apiece for the Continentals. John Zimmerman '15 recorded one goal, a pair of assists and four ground balls. Nate Menninger '16 scored his first collegiate goal, won 13 of 20 faceoffs and led the team with 10 ground balls. Chris Whelan '13 and Pax Anthos '14 were credited with one helper apiece.

Hamilton's Mike Clarke '13 led all players with three caused turnovers and added three ground balls. Will Driscoll '15 made seven saves in his first career start in goal.

Jack McDermott scored two goals, passed out one assist and led the Jumbos with five ground balls. John Uppgren chipped in a pair of goals and Connor Bilby, John Heard, Sam Diss, Chris Sawyer and Ben Saperstein all scored for Tufts. Blake Wood finished with two caused turnovers and Justin Chang won 8 of 20 faceoffs. Patton Watkins made 15 saves.

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