Hamilton College scored eight goals in the first quarter and cruised to an 18-5 victory over its crosstown rival Utica College in a non-conference game on Wednesday night at Hamilton's Withiam Field. With the victory, the Continentals claim the Contineer Cup traveling trophy for the eight straight year.
The Continentals and Pioneers wore gold laces in their cleats in support of the Go4theGoal Foundation. This cause is near and dear to Hamilton and Utica Lacrosse. Go4theGoal works with hospitals across the country to provide financial assistance, grant wishes, develop and fund unique hospital programs and fund innovative research. This year both teams are raising money to support families with children in the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse.
Hamilton (1-1 overall) was guided by four-goal performances by Chris Conley '20 and Chad Morse '19. Conley added one assist to match a career-high five points and Morse's four goals was a career best. Henry Hill '19 and Brendan Burke '18 scored two goals apiece and Burke added a pair of assists. Both Henry Hunt '20 and Zach Larsen '19 tallied one goal and two helpers.
Michael Alderman '18 had three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Kyle Gately '20 made six saves through 45 minutes in goal for his first career win, and Sam Knollmeyer '20 had three stops in the fourth quarter.
Nick Yelich led Utica (0-1) with two goals and one assist. Zach Duby, Ryan Desveaux and Jake Bratek scored one goal each. Tyler Giachinta had four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Jimmy Vienneau had four ground balls and Matt Fedullo gobbled up three. Harrison Bower made 13 saves through the first three quarters, and Brad Schulman had two saves in the final quarter.
Conley gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead just 42 seconds after the opening faceoff. Jack Gaul '18 passed to Conley behind the Utica goal, Conley sped around the defender and snuck the ball between Bower's legs. Conley went on to score three more goals in the opening quarter at 9:03, 7:02 and 5:45.
Morse scored three of his four goals in the first quarter alone. Larsen made the score 3-0 with 10:59 remaining in the first when he took his defender one-on-one and fired the ball into the lower-left corner.
Both teams scored one goal in the second quarter. Bratek put Utica on the scoreboard at 10:43 to make the score 8-1. Clay McCollum '19 notched the 55th goal of his career at 8:36 to give the Continentals a 9-1 edge at halftime.
Hill and Burke netted both of their goals in the third as the Continentals tallied eight more in the quarter.
Utica scored three unanswered in the fourth quarter to cut Hamilton's lead to 17-5 at 3:52 before Connolly won the faceoff, picked up the ground ball and dished it to Jordan Fong '18 for the final goal of the night with 3:45 left.
Hamilton finished the contest with a 56-25 shot advantage and 47-25 edge in ground balls.
The Continentals return to NESCAC play on Saturday, March 10 with a road trip to Waterville, Maine, to take on the Colby College Mules at 1 p.m.