Wesleyan University built a five-goal halftime lead and the nationally ranked No. 5 Cardinals posted a 12-7 NESCAC win over the Hamilton College Continentals at Wesleyan's Smith Field on Saturday afternoon.
Chad Morse '19 led Hamilton (4-9, 1-9 NESCAC) with two goals and two assists while scooping up three ground balls. Ben Gardner '21 chipped in two goals and Henry Hunt '20 had one goal and one assist. Marc Welch '22 tallied four ground balls and three caused turnovers, and Zach Kleinbaum '19 caused two turnovers with two ground balls. Seamus Fagan '22 made 10 saves in his first collegiate start in goal.
Wesleyan (11-2, 7-2) was guided by Ronan Jacoby and his four goals and one assist. Christian Barker and Colin Uyeki both scored twice and Barker added an assist. Colin Malarchuck paced the defense with three caused turnovers and four ground balls. Otto Bohan made 10 saves in 52-plus minutes for the win.
Hamilton got on the board first with a one-timer from Morse to Hunt into the top-left corner at the 11:42 mark of the first quarter, but the Cardinals closed out the quarter on a 4-0 run and never looked back.
In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Zander Kotsen wrapped around the goal and sent one to the top-left corner. Roughly four minutes later, Barker extended the Wesleyan run to six with a man-up goal at the 9:03 mark for a 6-1 advantage.
With 7:04 left, Chris Conley '20 dove in front of the net and snuck a shot underneath Bohan that cut the deficit to four. Wesleyan scored once more in the quarter and held a 7-2 halftime advantage.
The Continentals came out strong to start the third quarter. Gardner received a pass from Morse at the 13:30 mark and cut the margin to four, and Morse found the back of the net to get within three 23 seconds later. However, Wesleyan scored four consecutive goals and closed out the quarter with an 11-4 edge. Hamilton outscored Wesleyan 3-1 in the final 15-minute period on goals by Morse, Clay McCollum '19 and Gardner.
The Continentals wrap up the season with a non-conference game at Hartwick College on Tuesday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m.