Four-point day for Conley '20 in men's lacrosse NESCAC loss

Chris Conley '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Chris Conley '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Trinity College scored eight goals in the third quarter and the Bantams held on down the stretch for a 14-12 NESCAC victory against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (3-6, 1-6 NESCAC) held Trinity scoreless in the fourth quarter but the Continentals found the back of the net just once in the final 15 minutes. The Bantams (8-3, 3-3) extended their win streak to four games and won for the first time away from home this season.

Hamilton's Chris Conley '20 tied a season high with four points on two goals and two assists and added four ground balls. Henry Hunt '20 and Clay McCollum '19 scored three goals apiece, Chad Morse '19 chipped in a goal and two assists, and Henry Hill '19 was credited with three helpers. Hunt is tied for sixth in the NESCAC with 28 goals. Charlie Ratner '22 notched a pair of goals.

Andrej Bogdanovics '19 and Zach Kleinbaum '19 paced the Continentals' defense with two caused turnovers apiece. Quin Crowley '22 won half of his 30 faceoffs and scooped up six ground balls. James Sanderson '21 picked up five ground balls and Alex Choy '21 had four. Max Scheidl '21 started in goal and made eight saves in the first half. Seamus Fagan '22 took over at the start of the second half and stopped five shots.

John Caraviello led Trinity with three goals and an assist, and Ben Ferrucci scored three times. Faceoff man Scott Morgan won 14 faceoffs and collected seven ground balls, but he also registered two goals and an assist. Drew Kozub and Kevin Edmonds notched two goals apiece. Alexander Notman came up with four ground balls and Brady Burke made half of his 14 saves in the second quarter.

There were two lead changes and three ties in the third quarter as the teams combined to score 13 goals. Hunt gave Hamilton its first lead at 7-6 on a pass from Morse with 11:49 left, and Zach Larsen '19 put the Continentals on top again at 8-7 on a feed from Hagen Wunderle '21 with 10:40 remaining. After two unassisted goals by Caraviello, Conley passed to Ratner and Ratner tied the score at 9-9 with 8:16 to go.

Ferrucci put the Bantams in the lead for good 27 seconds later and kicked off a three-goal spurt that gave Trinity a little breathing room. McCollum pulled Hamilton within two goals twice late in the quarter, including one with 2:40 left that made it 13-11 and was his 100th career point with the Continentals. Kozub scored for the Bantams with 51.4 seconds remaining and gave them a 14-11 cushion after three quarters.

Conley's unassisted goal with 9:09 to go was the only one scored by either team in the fourth quarter. Burke needed to make three saves in the final eight minutes to secure the victory for Trinity.

The Bantams held a 19-8 shot advantage in the first quarter as Trinity built a 4-2 lead after the opening 15 minutes. Hamilton responded in the second quarter and two late goals by Hunt drew the Continentals even at 6-6 going into the break.

Hamilton hosts Williams College (8-2, 4-2) for another conference clash on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. on Withiam Field.