Morse '19 scores career-best six goals in men's lacrosse setback

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

Hamilton College scored seven goals in the fourth quarter but the Middlebury College Panthers held on for a 17-14 NESCAC win at Middlebury's Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Continentals (3-5, 1-5 NESCAC) held a 51-46 shot advantage and scooped up 41 ground balls to the Panthers' 36. Hamilton returns home to Steuben Field for another conference clash with Trinity College (7-3, 2-3) on Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m.

Chad Morse '19 paced the Continentals with a career-high six goals and added an assist and three ground balls. Henry Hunt '20 chipped in three goals and an assist, Charlie Ratner '22 added two goals and a helper, and Ben Gardner '21 scored twice. Hunt leads the team with 25 goals and 33 points this year.

James Sanderson '21 led the defense with two turnovers and five ground balls. Henry Hill '19 and Austin Scronce '21 collected four ground balls apiece, and Quin Crowley '22 won 17 faceoffs and picked up six ground balls. Max Scheidl '21 started in goal and made eight saves in the first half. Seamus Fagan '22 relieved Scheidl and stopped six shots in the second half.

Chase Goree topped Middlebury (4-5, 3-3) with four goals, A.J. Kucinski contributed three goals and an assist, and Will Brossman registered two goals and an assist. Jake Madnick won 18 faceoffs and corralled 11 ground balls, and Charles Midgley turned away a season-high 19 shots and added five ground balls. The Panthers received votes in this week's Division III Top 20 coaches poll.

Hamilton trailed 10-6 at the half and 15-7 after three quarters. The Continentals scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter including two man-up tallies. Hamilton was 2-for-4 on extra-man opportunities and has scored 37 percent of the time in those situations this season. Hunt had two goals and an assist during the run, and he pulled the Continentals within four goals at 15-11 with 9:24 left when he found the back of the net on a bouncing shot. Earlier in the quarter Hunt scored on a spinning shot from eight yards out.

The Panthers pushed their lead back to six goals at 17-11 with a pair of scores midway through the quarter. Morse scored three goals in the final two minutes and cut Hamilton's deficit to three for the first time since midway through the second quarter. His last goal with 37 seconds left came on a wraparound shot.

The Continentals took their only lead 17 seconds into the first quarter. Sanderson picked up the ground ball off the opening faceoff and found Gardner for the goal. Middlebury scored the next two goals but Hunt tied the score on a feed from Morse with 6:21 remaining. Brossman put the Panthers in the lead for good 1:14 later and Frank Cosolito made it a two-goal cushion with 2:50 to go. Morse trimmed Hamilton's deficit in half with 61 seconds left and the Continentals trailed 4-3 after one.