Hamilton hosts Trinity Saturday in season finale

#19 J.D. Brachman '17 and #39 Henry Hill '19 (Josh McKee photo)
#19 J.D. Brachman '17 and #39 Henry Hill '19 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College men's lacrosse team wraps up the 2017 season with a NESCAC home game against Trinity College on Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m.

The Continentals (4-10, 1-8 NESCAC) will recognize their 10 seniors before the game. Those members of the Class of 2017 include J.D. Brachman '17, Dan Cahill '17, Trip Connors '17, Connor Crutchfield '17, Matt Hermann '17, Ben Jeffery '17, Casey Kopp '17, John Schisler '17, Sean Spasoff '17 and Nate Weinrauch '17.

Hamilton will use this last home contest to raise money and awareness for the "No One Left Behind" organization. No One Left Behind was started by Hamilton alum and veteran Matt Zeller '04, who started the organization after he was saved by his Afghan interpreter. No One Left Behind helps Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas resettle safely in the U.S.

The men's lacrosse team has raised more than $5,200 for the organization and helped provide the interpreters and their families with housing, clothing, food and transportation. The team's goal is to raise an additional $5,000 for No One Left Behind. Please check out the Hamilton men's lacrosse GoFundMe page for more information.

The Continentals picked up an exciting 11-10 non-conference win at Hartwick College on Tuesday. Jack Gaul '18 scored a career-high three goals including the game-winner with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter. Chris Conley '20 tied a season-best with four goals and posted a season-high five points.

Hamilton scores 9.07 goals per game and owns a team goals-against average of 13.86. The Continentals win 41.4 percent of their faceoffs and have scored 15 goals on 53 man-up opportunities (28.3 percent). Hamilton leads the all-time series with Trinity, 4-3. The Continentals edged the Bantams 9-8 the last time they met in Clinton two years ago. 

Clay McCollum '19 leads Hamilton with 25 goals and 32 points. Conley and Henry Hill '19 have scored 16 goals apiece and Gaul has 12. Chad Morse '19 has notched 11 goals and a team-high nine assists and Brachman has scored 10 times. Schisler (12.69 GAA, .479 save pct.) has played all of the last two games in goal and started seven in all. Noah Weissmann '18 (16.47 GAA, .458 save pct.) has started seven contests as well.

The Bantams (4-9, 0-8) are searching for their first NESCAC win after a 13-7 non-conference victory against Lasell on Monday. Ben Knaus scored a career-high six goals against Lasell. Trinity averages nine goals per game and has an 11.46 team goals against average. The Bantams score just 7.5 per contest in NESCAC games. Trinity wins 44.7 percent of its faceoffs and has found the back of the net seven times on 49 extra-man opportunities (14.3 percent).

Knaus leads the way with 23 goals and 28 points. Jack Sharrio adds 13 goals, John Caraviello has 11 and Troy Hanlon has posted 10 tallies. Sharrio and Matt Gardiner share the team lead with eight assists. Woody Hamilton (10.96 GAA, .557 save pct.) has started all 13 games in goal and none of the other three Bantams' goalies have played more than 20 minutes this year.