Colby Rallies from Four Down to Defeat Hamilton

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Alex Rutan (Walnut Creek, Calif.) scored the tying goal with 3:15 remaining and ripped in the game-winning score with 1:24 to play to give Colby a dramatic 10-9 come-from-behind win over Hamilton on Bill Alfond Field on Saturday.

Colby moves to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Hamilton is 0-3 overall and 0-2 in league play after dropping a second straight one-goal conference game.

The Mules trailed 8-4 after Hamilton's John Zimmerman (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored from Sam Sweet (Plymouth, Mass.) with 3:59 left in the third quarter. The Mules, though, scored six of the next seven goals to pull out the win.

"We played a little sloppy early and struggled with the clearing game. Hamilton played great and took advantage of that," Colby head coach Jack Sandler said. "I'm so proud of the team coming together during a timeout late in the third quarter, they refocused on what we needed to do and mounted quite a comeback. We talk all the time about believing in our style of play and the team stayed the course to earn a big NESCAC win for us."

Derek Youngman (Cohasset, Mass.) had three goals and one assist to move his season totals to a team-best 12 points (9 goals, 3 assists) in two games. Rutan had a big all-around game with three goals, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Austin Sayre (Summit, N.J.), the NESCAC Player of the Week for last week, added two goals and one assist for season totals of seven goals and three assists.

Zimmerman had a game-high four goals to pace the Continentals. Joe Ricciuti (Norwell, Mass.) finished with three goals, while Sweet added one goal and two assists. Hamilton face-off man Trip Connors (Chatham, N.J.) played a huge role, winning 15 of his 21 face-offs and scooping 10 ground balls.

After Colby had battled back to tie the game at 8-8, Hamilton scored its lone goal in the final 18:58 of play when Ricciuti tallied with 3:38 to play from Bryan Hopper (Ridgewood, N.J.).

Colby struggled with face-offs all day, but Max Eberhart (Rye Beach, N.H.) won a big one after Ricciuti's goal. Eberhart had the most success for the Mules, winning five of his nine face-offs.

Rutan, with one of the harder shots on Colby's team, tied the game just 23 seconds later on a long blast off a pass from Youngman.

Rutan scored the winner when two Hamilton defenders each thought the other was going to take him defensively. When both moved away at the same time, Rutan ripped a high shot past Hamilton keeper Will Driscoll (Riverside, Conn.).

Hamilton scored the opening two goals of the game, the first by Zimmerman from Sweet just 16 seconds into play. After more than 10 minutes without a goal, Ricciuti scored on a man-up opportunity for a 2-0 lead with 3:41 left in the first quarter.

Rutan made it 2-1 with 2:49 left in the first from Ian Boldt (Millburn, N.J.) and the Mules tied it after one when Youngman scored his first of the game with just nine seconds to play.

Colby took its first lead of the game when Sayre scored unassisted just 25 seconds into the second quarter.

Hamilton scored the next three goals to take a 5-3 margin with 5:03 to play. Sweet scored from Hopper with 13:31 to halftime and Zimmerman added unassisted goals with 10:47 and 5:03 to go.

Sam Wasserman (Milton, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season for Colby with 3:44 to intermission from Jeff Vaz (Arlington, Mass.), but Hamilton answered when Pat Donahoe (Mahopac, N.Y.) tallied with 2:21 remaining from Paul Armideo (Homer, N.Y.) for a 6-4 lead at the break.

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