Hamilton College's Henry Hunt '20 tied a career high with six points on four goals and two assists and the Continentals posted a 15-12 non-conference win over the Vassar College Brewers at Vassar's Gordon Field on Wednesday evening.
Hamilton's Clay McCollum '19, Hagen Wunderle '21, Ben Gardner '21 and Chris Conley '20 notched two goals each. McCollum and Chad Morse '19 chipped in two assists apiece. Max Scheidl '21 and Seamus Fagan '22 combined to make 15 saves. Quin Crowley '22 won 14 faceoffs and scooped up five ground balls. Crowley is fourth in the NESCAC with 160 faceoff wins. James Sanderson '21 led the defense with two caused turnovers and four ground balls, and Marc Welch '22 collected four ground balls.
Michael Mullen paced the Brewers' offense with four goals and two assists. Tomas Meade and Dekker Stebel added two goals apiece and Logan Hyde was credited with four helpers. Matthew Lowery won 16 faceoffs and picked up 11 ground balls, and both Zack Henig and Chris Koester caused two turnovers. Erik Mikelinich stopped 13 shots.
The Continentals (4-8 overall) led 12-10 after three quarters but Vassar cut Hamilton's lead to one with 13:36 left in the fourth. The Continentals created some breathing room with two goals 13 seconds apart early in the quarter. Hunt scored his team-leading 34th goal of the season on a pass from Morse with 12:22 remaining. Crowley won the ensuing faceoff, picked up the ground ball and fed McCollum for the goal and a 14-11 cushion with 12:09 to go. The Brewers scored one goal in the final 12 minutes, and McCollum clinched the Hamilton victory with 1:31 left when he took a pass from Zach Larsen '19 and his shot found the back of the net.
The Continentals went up 4-1 in the first quarter on goals by Morse, Wunderle, Gardner and Britt Defeo '22. Vassar (3-10) responded with two goals late in the quarter, including one on a man-up situation, and cut Hamilton's lead to 4-3. The Brewers scored four goals with the extra man.
In the second quarter Vassar scored three goals in just under five minutes -- all on the man-advantage -- and took an 8-6 lead with 4:50 remaining. The teams went into the half tied 8-8 as Hunt and Conley notched two goals apiece for the Continentals in the quarter.
The Continentals took the lead for good 43 seconds into the third quarter on Wunderle's second goal of the day. Hunt and Gardner followed suit and Hamilton had an 11-8 advantage with 7:52 to go in the third.
The Continentals travel to Middletown, Conn., to take on nationally ranked No. 5 Wesleyan University at noon on Saturday, April 20.
-- Release by Julia Booth '19