Hamilton College's Henry Hunt '20 and Chad Morse '19 tallied career highs in goals and points to lead the Continentals to a 17-9 NESCAC victory over the Colby College Mules at Hamilton's Withiam Field on Saturday afternoon.
Morse led the way with five goals and two assists, and Hunt notched five goals and one assist. Henry Hill '19 added three goals to the scoring effort and Zach Larsen '19 totaled one goal and three helpers. Andrew Cox '20 had one goal and two assists and Ben Gardner '21 contributed one goal and one assist.
Andrej Bogdanovics '19 guided the defense with two caused turnovers and three ground balls. John Ennis '19 caused three turnovers and Rob Arrix '19 caused two. Max Scheidl '21 made eight saves and caused two turnovers in 56-plus minutes for the first victory of his Hamilton career. Seamus Fagan '22 made one stop in the final 3:15 of the fourth quarter.
CJ Hassan and Jack Rickards both scored three goals for Colby (1-2, 0-2 NESCAC), and Will Dodge and Nick Percarpio both had five ground balls and one caused turnover. Paolatto and Jung Shin both won 7 of the 14 faceoffs that they took.
Larsen gave Hamilton (1-1, 1-1) the lead with a man-up goal at 12:58 when he ripped a shot from 15 yards out off a feed from Morse. Gardner followed with an unassisted goal at 10:57 when he beat his defender behind the net and scurried to the front of the goal for a shot underneath the crossbar. Morse made the score 3-0 just eight seconds later. Crowley won the faceoff for Hamilton, sped into the offensive zone and passed to Morse on the left side for a shot into the opposite upper corner.
Colby's CJ Hassan put the Mules on the scoreboard at 10:34 after receiving a pass from Lane Kadish from behind the net. Hassan was left unmarked on the left side and whipped a shot past Scheidl.
The Continentals responded with four unanswered goals from 9:06 to 4:40. Cox started the run with a low, hard shot into the left corner of the cage as he was being knocked to the turf. Hunt then received a pass from Larsen as he flung a shot behind his head and into the upper-right corner of the net. Hunt fired in two more goals with help from Cox and Larsen to build a 7-1 Hamilton lead.
Carter Vickers ended Hamilton's streak after Bret Miller found him on the left side of the attack area at 4:12. Hamilton closed the opening quarter with a commanding 7-2 lead.
Hamilton kicked off the second with back-to-back man-up goals off the sticks of Chris Conley '19 at 14:15 and Morse at 11:02. Hunt followed with two more goals, the first at 9:19 and the second at 6:24, and increased Hamilton's lead to nine at 11-2.
Colby closed out the second stanza with two goals and pulled within 11-4 at the break. Charlie Lynch took advantage of a man-up opportunity at 4:07 before CJ Hassan sped around his defender for an open shot into the nylon at 1:13.
Both teams scored three times in the third quarter and Hamilton entered the fourth with a 14-7 cushion. The Continentals scored three more times in the final 15 minutes and cruised to their first victory this season.
Hamilton travels to Utica College for a non-conference game on Monday, March 11 at 5 p.m.