Men's lacrosse scores 17 goals, notches win over Nazareth

Henry Hunt '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Henry Hunt '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Henry Hunt '20 tied career highs with five goals and six points and the Continentals posted a 17-12 non-conference win against the Nazareth College Golden Flyers at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Hunt, who leads the team with 18 goals and 22 points, also scooped up four ground balls as the Continentals improved their overall record to 3-2. Hamilton is averaging 14.6 goals per game. Chad Morse '19, Chris Conley '20, Henry Hill '19 and Zach Larsen '19 chipped in two goals and two assists each, and Ben Gardner '21 contributed a goal and three assists. Larsen tops the Continentals with nine assists.

Quin Crowley '22 won 19 of 28 faceoffs, collected 14 ground balls and scored his first goal at Hamilton. Marc Welch '22 led the defense with four ground balls. Max Scheidl '21 started in goal and made 10 saves on 14 shots on goal in the first half. Seamus Fagan '22 played the entire second half and stopped six shots.

Jeremy Jacob scored three goals -- all in the first quarter -- and added an assist for Nazareth (2-5 overall). Matthew Vanliew registered a goal, four assists and six ground balls, Jack Crowley scored twice, and Drew McNerney recorded a goal and two helpers. Tim Vinton won 11 faceoffs and grabbed six ground balls, and Eric Almquist turned away 12 shots.

Jacob's third goal gave the Golden Flyers a 3-2 lead with 6:29 left in the first quarter, but the Continentals scored the next six goals and led the rest of the way. Hunt tallied three goals and Conley had a goal and an assist in the final 5:11 of the quarter.

Hamilton held a 7-3 advantage after one quarter and Nazareth scored just once in the final 21 minutes of the first half. The Continentals dominated the opening quarter as they held a 16-9 shot advantage, enjoyed an 18-7 cushion in ground balls and won 7 of 11 faceoffs.

Conley found Hill for an 8-3 lead with 11:30 remaining in the second quarter before Tristan Gosselin pulled the Golden Flyers within four again with 10:16 to go. Crowley won the ensuing faceoff and then took a pass from Gardner and scored with 9:58 left. Gardner found the back of the net with 6:08 remaining and Andrew Cox '20 gave Hamilton its largest lead of seven goals at 11-4 with 9.2 seconds to go.

Nazareth made a run at the Continentals in the second half and cut its deficit to two goals at 12-10 with 1:18 left in the third quarter, and again at 14-12 with 8:44 remaining in the fourth. Gardner and Larsen helped put the Golden Flyers away late in the quarter. Gardner passed to Larsen and Hunt for goals, and Larsen scored on an extra-man opportunity from a sharp angle a few yards to the right of the goal with 2:30 to go. Hamilton scored three goals on 10 man-up chances.

The Continentals host nationally ranked No. 2 Amherst College on Saturday, March 23 for a NESCAC game at 1 p.m.