Hamilton Edges Utica to Collect First Victory

Hamilton collected its first victory of the season, edging undefeated Utica 10-9 Tuesday afternoon at Steuben Field. The Continentals (1-3) outscored the visiting Pioneers (2-1) 4-0 in the first quarter.

The win was Hamilton's 13th straight over Utica, who trails the all-time series 14-1. The teams' last three meetings in Clinton have been decided by one goal.

Utica scored the game's final three goals, pulling to within a goal with 13 seconds left but Hamilton's Trip Connors '17 won the face-off and the Continentals ran out the clock for the win.

Connor Morgan '15 and Joe Ricciuti '16 both scored three goals for Hamilton with Morgan notching two in the decisive opening period. Sam Sweet '16 contributed two goals and three assists.

A goal by Bryan Hopper '14 with 7:36 left in the half put the Continentals ahead 7-2 before the Pioneers began their rally by scoring four of the next five goals. Andrew Jamieson '14 capped that run by scoring his second goal of the year 4:35 into the third quarter to pull Utica to 8-6. Ricciuti scored the game's next two goals giving him six on the season before Utica's Zack Stevenson '15 closed out the period, beating Hamilton's Will Driscoll '15 with nine seconds left.

The Pioneers' defense held the hosts to two shots on goal in the final quarter. Trent Jacobs scored his team-leading eight goal of the spring 1:43 into the period, converting a pass from Christian Reiller'15. Reiller finished with four assists. After Utica's ride forced a failed clear with 2:42 left in regulation, the Pioneers maintained possession until a goal by Ross Cree '17 with 13 seconds left.

Connors won 15 of 22 face-offs in the game and led all players with 12 ground balls (Hamilton led the Pioneers 48-23 in ground balls). Hopper picked up eight. Sellers Garrett '16 finished with four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Driscoll saved seven shots to pick up the win. Utica's Andrew DiOrio '15 made nine saves.

Stevenson led Utica with five ground balls. Scott Baron '14 and Sean Flanagan '15 both caused three turnovers.

Ricciuti scored on the game's opening face-off and Sweet followed with a goal 2:25 later to put Hamilton up 2-0. John Zimmerman '14 finished with a goal and two assists, giving him 16 points including a team-high 11 assists this year. Brian Bauersfeld '15 assisted on Morgan's first goal for his first collegiate point.

Cree and Jacobs both scored a pair of goals for Utica, who has lost all four games to Hamilton since the inception of the Contineer Cup traveling trophy.

Hamilton is scheduled to return to action Saturday, hosting NESCAC rival Bowdoin at 1:00 p.m. the Polar Bears are ranked 18th nationally. Utica plays a non-league game at Kean Saturday afternoon.


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