Hamilton Rallies But Drops Heartbreaker to Wesleyan in OT

Hamilton rallied from an early five-goal deficit to take a late lead before the Wesleyan Cardinals rallied to tie the game in regulation and post a 12-11 overtime win at Hamilton's Steuben Field Saturday in NESCAC competition. The game was the season opener for both teams and marked just the second time in 10 seasons that the Continentals started the season with a loss.

Quentin DellaFera '15 had the game-winning goal for Wesleyan, scoring a man-down goal with four seconds left in the overtime period.

After the Continentals used a 5-1 run to take an 11-10 lead with 1:51 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals, ranked 12th nationally, tied the score on a goal by Nate Ryan '15 with 58 seconds left.

Wesleyan had a chance to win the game in regulation, winning the face-off after Ryan's tying goal, but DellaFera's shot with 30 seconds left was saved by Hamilton's Will Driscoll '15 and the Continentals ran out the fourth quarter clock.

Hamilton won the overtime face-off and maintained possession for over three minutes, before taking a shot on a delayed penalty. Wesleyan's Mark Simmons '14 went to his knees to stop a shot by Hamilton's John Zimmerman '14. Elliot Albert '14 forced a Hamilton turnover following the penalty and the Cardinals cleared the ball, setting up DellaFera's game winner.

Connor Morgan '15 led Hamilton with a career-high six goals, collecting five in a span of 15:08 in the second half.

The Continentals, who trailed 6-1 early in the second half, took their first lead with 7:26 left in the fourth. Bryan Hopper scored his third goal of the game to cap a 4-0 run that put Hamilton up 10-9. Ryan tied the game 3:25 later before the Continentals took their final lead. Sam Sweet '16 fought out of a double team in front of the Cardinal net and beat Simmons to put the hosts up 11-10.

DellaFera and Matt Prezioso '15, who finished with three goals apiece, both scored twice in the first quarter as the Cardinals opened a 5-1 lead after one period. They stretched the advantage to 6-1 1:18 into the second on the first of two goals by Graham Macnab '14.

Ryan finished with two goals and two assists. Lyle Mitchell '16 added three points, including a pair of goals.

Zimmerman finished with three assists (raising his career total to 26) and six ground balls. Hopper picked up a career-best eight ground balls. JD Brachman '17 opened the scoring for Hamilton with his first collegiate goal.

Dylan Lahey '15 picked up three ground balls and led the Continentals with three caused turnovers.

Simmons finished with eight saves and five ground balls. Mitchell picked up a team-leading seven ground balls. Kevin Campbell '15 caused a team-best four turnovers and Macnab added three.

Driscoll stopped 10 shots and picked up four ground balls.

Hamilton plays a 4:00 p.m. game at Nazareth, ranked 17th nationally, Wednesday. The Cardinals travel to Rensselaer Wednesday.

2014-03-01



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