Wesleyan Uses 11-1 Run to Defeat Hamilton

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (March 10) - Trailing 3-0 after 10:11 of play, homestanding Wesleyan went on to score 11 of the next 12 goals over a span of 33:48 to pull out to a substantial 11-4 lead over Hamilton en route to a 12-6 NESCAC victory.

The win upped Wesleyan to 2-0 on the year after a dramatic 7-6 win over Little Three rival Williams in the season opener yesterday. Hamilton dropped to 1-1 following its 10-9 win over a short-trooped fourth-ranked nationally Tufts squad Saturday in Medford, Mass.

An 8-0 Wesleyan run from the 2:31 mark of the second period to the 1:01 mark of the third quarter, a passage of 16:30 off the clock, sealed the triumph as Hamilton last led, 4-3, before the burst began.

A man-advantage goal by sophomore Matt Prezioso, who scored twice in the game, off a feed from junior Remy Lieberman evened the count at 4-4 late in the second period. Hamilton goalie sophomore Will Driscoll had gotten possession of the ball and attempted to throw the ball downfield, but the ball came out of his stick deep in his own end. Lieberman collared the loose ball and found Prezioso open on the left and he fired a bouncer through the Continental defense into the open goal.

Wesleyan got two more before the end of the stanza from Lieberman, who had a hat trick, and junior Mike Giambanco, to put the Cardinals ahead, 6-4, at intermission.

Wesleyan added five goals in the third period as Lieberman completed his hat trick along with goals from senior Sam Stanton, who ran three-quarters of the field after recovering a ground ball and scored with a low shot, sophomore Stephen Todd on another fast break, and long-pole senior Brendan Hanley just 12 seconds after the 10th Wesleyan goal by Lieberman.

Wesleyan faceoff specialist senior Jeff Gioncondi won 11 of 17 tries in the game. Wesleyan's two goals in the first period, by juniors Christian Kennedy and Graham Macnab, also came 12 seconds apart after a Giocondi faceoff win. That made the score 3-2.

Wesleyan tied it at 3-3 at 12:04 of the second period on junior Aidan Daniell's long shot from the left after catching a long cross-field pass from Hanley. Hamilton regained the lead when Sweet netted his goal at 8:05 with a quick shot after receiving a pass from the right side by junior Paul Armideo.

Hamilton had built a 3-0 lead on goals by senior Luke Walsh, junior Bryan Hopper and sophomore John Zimmerman, who also assisted on Walsh's marker. Freshman Sam Sweet also had a goal and an assist for Hamilton while freshman long-pole Nate Menninger had his second goal of the season for the Continentals for their final goal of the contest. Menninger tied for team honors in ground balls with five, joined by sophomore Dylan Lahey.

Giocondi paced Wesleyan in grounders with eight. Wesleyan junior keeper Mark Simmons collected 12 saves in the contest for a .667 save percentage on the day. Playing the first 45 minutes, Driscoll had 11 saves with 11 goals allowed. Junior Barrett Meister played the fourth quarter for Hamilton, making five saves.

Wesleyan has defeated Hamilton each of the three times the teams have met.

Wesleyan returns to action Wed., March 13 with a home non-conference game vs. Lasell. Hamilton is back in action Sat., March 16 with a NESCAC home game vs. Colby.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Wesleyan University's Remy Lieberman recorded three goals and one assist and the Cardinals doubled up Hamilton College 12-6 in a NESCAC game at Wesleyan's Smith Field on March 10.

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