Thoroughbreds Tripped up by Continentals

Hamilton posted its biggest win in three years, rolling to a 16-3 win at Skidmore Tuesday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Continentals, who improved to 2-4, recorded their highest scoring output since a 16-6 win at Greensboro on March 16, 2011 and their largest margin of victory since topping Morrisville 15-2 on April 23, 2011.

Four Continentals scored their first career goal. Hamilton scored the game's first eight goals then used a 7-0 run to go up 15-1 before the host Thoroughbreds (2-4) scored a pair of goals in the fourth quarter.

Sam Sweet '16 led the visitors with three goals and three assists, matching a career best with six points. Bryan Hopper added three goals and John Zimmerman '15 collected a goal and two assists, giving him a team-leading 21 points this spring. Seven other Continentals had goals and a total of 12 Hamilton players picked up a point.

Sweet collected two goals and two assists in Hamilton's six-goal first quarter. After Pat Donahoe '16 opened the scoring with his third goal of the year, Sweet assisted on Zimmerman's seventh goal of the spring then scored on consecutive Hamilton possessions. Goals by Hopper and Kurt Minges '15 closed out the first quarter (Minges' score was the first of his career).

Quinn Hawkins '14 broke Skidmore's drought, scoring with 1:45 left in the half. Hawkins assisted on the Thoroughbreds' second goal, scored by Seth Berger midway through the fourth. Berger '14 picked up the assist on Skidmore's final goal, scored by Jack Metzler '17 with 4:25 to go.

The Continentals took a 9-1 lead into intermission thanks to Matt Hrvatin '15, who scored his first goal of the year with three seconds left in the period.

Morgan scored his team-leading 13th goal to open the second-half scoring. Alan Baldwin '16 scored his first collegiate goal with 37 seconds left in the third, capping a 4-0 quarter for the Continentals. Sweet added a goal and an assist in the period, raising his season total to 17 points.

Hrvatin collected a goal and an assist in the fourth quarter and Jack O'Brien '15 closed out the scoring with 67 seconds remaining. Ray Schulmeyer '17 assisted on O'Brien's goal with both picking up their first career point on the play.

Will Driscoll '15 stopped six of seven shots in the first half to earn the win. Barrett Meister '14 held Skidmore scoreless over a 24-minute span in the second half with Will Robbins '15 and John Schisler '17 who made his first career appearance splitting time during the fourth quarter.

Trip Connors '17 led Hamilton with eight ground balls and Sellers Garrett '16 picked up four. Chad Berger '14 finished with three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

Taylor Best '14 won 12 of 22 faceoffs for Skidmore and led the team with eight ground balls. Clark Demos '15 and Brock Blakewell '15 both caused two turnovers.

The Continentals travel to Florida for two games, opening their spring trip Friday with a 1:00 p.m. game against NESCAC rival Amherst in Davenport. The Thoroughbreds play a 1:00 p.m. Liberty League game at St. Lawrence, ranked 20th nationally, Saturday.

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