Men’s lacrosse dominates Utica in 9th annual Contineer Cup

Quin Crowley ‘22 (Josh McKee photo)
Quin Crowley ‘22 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals outscored Utica College 6-0 in the second quarter and went on to post an 18-5 non-conference win against the Pioneers at Utica's Charles A. Gaetano Stadium on Monday night. With the victory, Hamilton claims the Contineer Cup traveling trophy for the ninth straight year.

Henry Hunt '20 guided the Continentals (2-1 overall) with four goals. William Braun '22, Britt Defeo '22Ryan Friedman '21, Henry Hill '19 and Owen McCarthy '21 all scored twice, with Defeo, Friedman, Hill and McCarthy each chipping in an assist. Chris Conley '20 tallied one goal and two assists, and Zach Larsen '19 and Hagen Wunderle '21 recorded two assists apiece.

Quin Crowley '22 won 13 of 17 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high 11 ground balls. Patrick McDermott '22 won 7 of 10 faceoffs and had two ground balls.

Hauken Washington '22 grabbed four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Brock Bowers '20 and Matt Anderson '22 had three ground balls and caused one turnover apiece. Max Scheidl '21 made six saves through the first 45 minutes and picked up his second straight win. Seamus Fagan '22 closed out the final quarter with four saves.

The game remained scoreless for over eight minutes before Utica's John Avery found Zack Duby at 6:55. Dale Wagner was the only Pioneer who registered multiple points with two goals, and Ryan Boshart made 23 saves as Hamilton held a 55-32 shot advantage.

Ben Gardner '21 responded just over a minute later off a feed from Larsen at 5:43 and ignited an 11-goal run by the Continentals that stretched early into the third quarter. All of Hunt's four goals were scored during the streak.

Four Continentals recorded the first goals of their collegiate careers as Braun, Defeo, Matt Mirkovic '22 and Charlie Ratner '22 accomplished the feat. Mirkovic kicked off the second quarter at 12:21 and made the score 4-1. Ratner increased Hamilton's lead to 8-1 with 1:16 left in the second. Braun's first goal made the score 13-3 at 1:14 in the third quarter, and Defeo maintained Hamilton's 10-goal lead at 14-4 with 7:58 left in the fourth.

Hamilton returns to NESCAC action on Saturday, March 16 for a 1 p.m. contest against the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in Brunswick, Maine.