Morse '19 nets three points in men's lacrosse NESCAC road loss

Chad Morse '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Chad Morse '19 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals received goals from five different players as they fell 8-5 to the Connecticut College Camels in NESCAC action on Saturday afternoon at Conn. College's Freeman Field.

Eric Zurmuehle '18 and Alex Choy '21 scored their first goals of the season, Adam Markhoff '18 and Brock Bowers '20 got their third marks, and Chad Morse '19 scored his team-leading 23rd for Hamilton (1-12, 0-9 NESCAC). Morse notched two assists and Henry Hill '19 and Chris Conley '20 added one apiece.

Zurmuehle won eight faceoffs and scooped up five ground balls. Defensively, James Sanderson '21 collected four ground balls and caused two turnovers, and Matt Greene '18 picked up three ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers. Kyle Gately '20 made four saves. The Continentals scored on one of their two man-up situations.

PJ Kelleher scored three goals and had three assists to pace the Camels offensively. Hunter Rosenthall made four of his seven saves in the second quarter. Ben Parens won nine faceoffs and claimed five ground balls.

Conn. College (9-4, 5-4) opened the scoring with three goals, including two by Jordan Foster, in the first four minutes of the first quarter. Bowers responded with a goal and pulled Hamilton within 3-1 with 4:39 left in the first.

Kelleher's first of the day 2:27 into the second quarter restored the Camels' three-goal lead. Zurmuehle won the ensuing faceoff and scored just six seconds later to cut the Continentals' deficit in half. Markhoff's man-up goal from Conley followed with 1:26 left in the quarter, and the Camels carried a 4-3 lead into halftime. Hamilton believed it had scored a fourth goal near the end of the quarter but the officials determined the shot didn't go in the net until after time had already expired.

The Continentals carried their momentum out of the break as Morse tied the score at 4-4 just 1:26 into the third quarter. Kelleher put Conn. College back in the lead 22 seconds later, and Choy drew Hamilton even again as he put one home with 9:05 left in the third.

Sean Smith put the Camels ahead for good with 6:01 left in the quarter. Maxx Trotsky and Kelleher added goals in the fourth quarter that clinched the victory for Conn. College.

The Continentals will face Wesleyan University in their last conference game this season on Saturday, April 21 on Steuben Field for senior day.

-- Release by Julia Booth '19