Hamilton Edges Men's Lacrosse

March 28, 2012

Middlebury dropped its third straight game as the Panthers fell 7-6 at Hamilton on Wednesday. Max Vaickus stopped 14 shots in goal to lead Hamilton to the win in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Steuben Field on March 28. The Continentals, who competed in the Liberty League from ’96-’11 earn their first win over Middlebury since 1958. The Panthers had won 16 straight games in the series, including 28-3 in the last meeting in 1980.

Jon Leanos posted two goals and one assist for Hamilton, while Henry Burchenal added two goals, including the game-winner with 9:09 to play. Luke Sadoff  notched a goal and an assist, and John Zimmerman and Connor Morgan scored the other two goals.

Tim Cahill paced the Panthers offensively with two goals. Erich Pfeffer posted one goal and one assist, and Stew Kerr , Andrew Metros and Bryan Ayers scored one goal apiece.

Darric White picked up a game-high seven ground balls, while Brian Foster won 10-16 face-offs. Nate Gaudio stopped 13 shots in goal.

Hamilton scored the first five goals and held a 5-0 lead with 9:43 left in the second quarter. Leanos scored his first goal at 13:44 of the first quarter off an assist from Hopper, and tallied his second with 5:24 remaining in the quarter off a feed from Sadoff. The Continentals led 2-0 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, Morgan and Burchenal sandwiched a pair of man-up goals around a score by Sadoff to give Hamilton a five-goal advantage. Kerr found the back of the net with 2:39 left in the second to pull Middlebury within 5-1 heading into halftime.

The Panthers (2-4, 2-2) roared back in the second half, scoring five of the next six goals to tie the score at 6-6. Pfeffer scored with 13:45 left in the third quarter, and Ayers netted a goal just 35 seconds later to pull Middlebury within 5-3. Metros' goal with 2:23 left in the quarter cut the deficit to one. Zimmerman found the back of the net with 18 seconds remaining in the third to give the Continentals a 6-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Cahill scored a goal at 13:56 of the fourth, and another with 10:14 to play to tie the score for the first time. Burchenal gave Hamilton the lead for good with his 11th goal. After a Middlebury turnover with 2:09 to play, the Continentals maintained possession for the next 2:08 to seal the victory.

Hamilton held a 40-37 shot advantage, and scooped up 42 ground balls to Middlebury's 31. The Continentals were 2-4 with the extra man, while the Panthers were 1-3.

Hamilton travels to nationally ranked No. 3 Amherst College for a NESCAC game on Saturday, while Middlebury visits Bowdoin.