Hamilton Snaps Losing Streak vs. Williams

Hamilton snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-6 NESCAC win against host Williams Tuesday afternoon in a game played at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The Continentals (4-8, 1-7 NESCAC) held the Ephs (6-5, 4-3 NESCAC) to one goal over the final 26 minutes.

Hamilton scored the game's last three goals to rally from a 6-5 deficit with Connor Morgan '15 contributing two goals and an assist during the pivotal stretch. Morgan, who matched a career high with six points, notched the tying goal with 3:12 left in the third then fed JD Brachman '17 for the go-ahead goal 2:47 later. Both scores came on extra man opportunities for Hamilton. The Continentals added two fourth-quarter goals while holding the Ephs scoreless on five shots. Brian Bauersfeld '15 scored midway through the period and Morgan closed out the scoring with his third goal of the day.

Brachman's game-winning goal marked the seventh lead change of the game; the two teams were never separated by more than a goal for the first 52:38.

Hamilton scored first on a goal by Sam Sweet '16 5:26 into the game. Morgan picked up the first of his three assists on the play. After Conor Roddy '16 scored to tie the score the two teams traded goals throughout the second quarter. Bryson Gilbert-Bono '16 put the Ephs ahead 1:10 into the quarter and Paul Armideo '14 tied the game 50 seconds later. Gilbert-Bono fed Michael Fahey '17 for another Williams goal before Hamilton closed the first half with goals by Morgan and Bauersfeld. Bauersfeld, who collected his first two-goal game, sent the Continentals into halftime with a 4-3 lead.

The Ephs opened the second half with a 3-1 run to take a 6-5 lead before the Continentals started their rally. Will Driscoll '15 stopped Williams' last eight shots, holding the Ephs scoreless in the fourth quarter and finishing with 13 saves.

Tripp Connors '17 led Hamilton with six ground balls. Dylan Lahey '15 picked up five and Casey Kopp '17 added four. Lahey, Sellers Garrett '16 and Matt Creeden '16 each caused two turnovers. Armideo, Brachman and Pat Donahoe '16 all finished with a goal and an assist.

Williams' David Lee '14 picked up six ground balls and Brendan Bossidy added five. Stephen Upton caused a pair of turnovers. Dan Whitman '15 made 10 saves in goal.

The Continentals play a NESCAC game at Connecticut College Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Williams host Colby Saturday afternoon.

2014-04-08



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