Hartford, Conn. – Junior captain Bryan Hopper (Ridgewood, N.J.) and senior captain Luke Walsh (Loudonville, N.Y.) notched two goals and two assists apiece and sophomore Will Driscoll (Riverside, Conn.) saved 14 of 18 shots on goal to lead the visiting Hamilton College Continentals to a 10-4 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse action this afternoon on Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity drops to 4-10 overall and 2-7 in the league with its third loss in a row, while Hamilton improves to 8-5 overall and closes its NESCAC slate at 5-5 which clinches a bid to the league's post-season tournament that begins next weekend. Trinity needs a win at home against Amherst on Wednesday combined with the right combination of wins and losses by other teams to qualify for its third straight NESCAC Tourney.
The game started well for Trinity, as senior midfielder Matt Cohen (East Lyme, Conn.) rifled in a goal 47 seconds into the contest for a 1-0 Bantam lead. Walsh fed Hopper on the first of four connections between the two to tie the game at 1-1 at the 8:58 mark of the first quarter. Trinity junior Chase Growney (Berwyn, Pa.) found sophomore attackman Matt Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) in traffic from behind the net to give Trinity a 2-1 lead 2:11 into the second quarter, but a 4-0 Continental run ensued until the final seconds before the half. Hamilton sophomore attackman Connor Morgan (Reisterstown, Md.) started it off with an unassisted tally, and Walsh and Hopper assisted each other on consecutive goals, before Morgan converted on the first of three feeds in the game for sophomore attackman John Zimmerman (Syracuse, N.Y.) at the 3:06 mark of the second frame. Growney scored from freshman middie Michael McQuiston (Greenwich, Conn.) with five seconds left on the clock to make the score, 5-3, at the break.
Walsh scored from Hopper 1:16 after intermission and Morgan completed a hat trick with 1:51 left in the third period for a 7-3 Hamilton lead. Cohen fired in another goal for the Bantams at the 12:50 mark of the final quarter, but the Continentals possessed the ball for much of the remainder of the game, scoring three times and winning the ensuing face-off after each goal. Sophomore goalie Makar Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) made 10 saves for Trinity, while senior defenseman Dom Piselli (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) registered a team-high three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Freshman Nate Menniger (Newton, Mass.) was 7-for-11 on face-offs, scooped a game-high five ground balls, and caused a pair of turnovers for Hamilton.