Career-high five goals for Hill '19 in men's lacrosse setback

Henry Hill '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Henry Hill '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Connecticut College scored six goals in the final 6:25 of the fourth quarter and the Camels rallied for a 13-12 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Saturday afternoon.

Connecticut College's Maximilian King scored the game's final goal on an assist from Alex Calabro with 1:12 left in the fourth quarter. King's goal completed a comeback from a four-goal deficit midway through the fourth. He ended up scoring the first and last goals of the day.

The Continentals (3-10, 1-8 NESCAC) had their chances to tie the score in the final seconds. After King's go-ahead tally, Ben Parens won the ensuing faceoff, but Hamilton's Casey Kopp '17 forced Parens to turn the ball over. Kopp finished with three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Parens won 24 of 27 faceoffs and collected 14 ground balls.

A shot by the Continentals banged off the left post with about 12 seconds remaining and bounced out-of-bounds. The Camels called their final timeout with 10.4 seconds to go to set up their defense. Hamilton put the ball back in play and another shot caromed off the right post with about 2 seconds left. The final horn sounded as the ball rolled out-of-play.

Henry Hill '19 paced the Continentals with a career-high five goals, including four in the second half. Clay McCollum '19 chipped in a goal and two assists and leads the team with 23 goals and 30 points. Chad Morse '19 and Jack Gaul '18 added a goal and an assist apiece, and Brock Bowers '20 picked up two helpers. Matt Hermann '17 caused three turnovers and John Schisler '17 made 10 saves and scooped up three ground balls.

Ross Thompson led Connecticut College with four goals and Jordan Foster contributed two goals and two assists. King and Jackson Kleintz tallied two goals apiece. Jameson Hill started in goal and ended up with seven saves. Hill was replaced by Hunter Rosenthall after Hamilton went up 7-4 with 6:22 remaining in the third quarter, and Rosenthall played most of the rest of the second half with the exception of 2:10 midway through the fourth. He stopped three shots.

The Camels (6-6, 3-5) came out strong in the first quarter and led 4-1 midway through the first. Thompson scored two of the team's first four goals including the fourth one with 5:54 to go. The Continentals then held Connecticut College scoreless for more than 31 minutes as they built an 8-4 lead.

Gaul scored his ninth goal of the year with 2:17 left in the opening quarter and Hamilton trailed 4-2 after 15 minutes. Chris Conley '20, who missed five games with an injury, scored his 12th goal this year and his first since March 18 midway through the second quarter. Hill tied the score at 4-4 with 3:32 remaining in the second. The teams went into the break deadlocked at 4-4.

Dan Cahill '17 scored his second goal this year off a pass from Will Gabriel '19 just as time expired on the Camels' lone penalty of the afternoon and gave the Continentals their first lead with 9:40 to go. Hill put Hamilton ahead 7-4 with 6:22 left on two goals off assists from Bowers 2:14 apart. McCollum found J.D. Brachman '17 for Brachman's 10th goal and an 8-4 advantage with 5:10 remaining.

Connecticut College responded with three consecutive goals and pulled within 8-7 at the end of three quarters. Kleintz scored twice during the spurt, which set the stage for a wild fourth quarter that featured 10 goals.

The Continentals opened the final quarter with goals by Morse, Hill and Owen McCarthy '20 and grabbed an 11-7 lead with 6:55 to go. Morse notched his 11th goal and McCarthy tallied his sixth.

The Camels roared back with four goals in a span of just 1:36 and tied the score at 11-11. Thompson scored the last two goals during the run. Hill put Hamilton back in front on his 16th goal with 3:56 left but Jordan Foster tied the score again 22 seconds later.

Foster's goal was followed by a Parens faceoff win, a Connecticut College turnover and a save by Rosenthall before the Camels put together a successful clear. Calabro picked up a ground ball and found King for the goal that put Connecticut College in the lead for the first time since late in the second quarter.

The Continentals play a non-conference game at Hartwick College on Tuesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. The Camels host Regis in non-conference action on Wednesday, April 19 at 4:30.