Clarkson vs. Hamilton
April 12, 2006
The Game Story:
April 12, 2006

Senior Brian Hanlon (Marcellus, NY) scored his game-high seventh goal for the Clarkson University Lacrosse team with 2.2 seconds remaining in regulation to force a 16-16 tie against Hamilton College, but the Continentals' Kevin St. John tallied just 42 seconds into overtime to lift the visitors to a 17-16 win in Liberty League action at Hantz Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Hanlon, Clarkson's second leading scorer with 21 goals and 29 points on the season, was named Liberty League co-Offensive Perfomer of the Week on Monday.

Hamilton, which snapped a two-game losing streak to improve its record to 6-2 overall and to 1-2 in the league, looked to be on its way to an easy victory against the Golden Knights, jumping out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter.

Clarkson, however, opened the second quarter with two goals by freshman Corey Reinhart (Albany, NY) to cut the deficit to 5-3. The Continentals answered back with a pair of goals to go ahead 7-3 with 10:36 left in the half. The Knights rallied once again scoring four of the last five goals in the half to cut Hamiltonís lead to 8-7 after 30 minutes.

Sophomore Steve Kennedy (Niskayuna, NY) started the Clarkson spurt, followed by a pair of goals from Hanlon and an extra-man tally by senior Bryan Johnson (Newark, NY) to make it 7-7. Jack Newton scored his second goal 54 seconds before the break to give Hamilton the one-goal advantage.

The Knights controlled the third quarter, out scoring the Continentals 6-3 to hold a 13-11 edge after 45 minutes. Hanlon tallied three goals in the third with Reinhart, Johnson and freshman Greg Gibbons (Baldwinsville, NY) netting one each for the Knights.

Hamilton out scored the Green and Gold 5-3 in the fourth frame. Kempe and Luoma opened the quarter with two quick goals to tie the game 13-13 with 11:33 remaining in regulation. Clarkson went back on top 15-14 with 7:15 left when Reinhart and Hanlon sandwiched goals around a Continental junior score.

Hamilton then got goals from Newton and Chris Piatelli 30 seconds apart to take a 16-15 lead with 3:28 to play before Hanlonís goal in the final seconds forced the extra session.

Reinhart contributed four goals, Johnson chipped in three and Gibbons and Kennedy tallied one each to round out the Clarkson goal scorers. Gibbons also tallied a game-high five assists.

Eric Luoma paced Hamilton with four goals, while Newton, who also had two assists, and Frasher Kempe scored three each.

Hamilton out shot the Knights 44-32 and held a 40-32 advantage in groundballs. Sophomore defenseman Matthew Opar (Lexington, MA) led the Knights in groundballs with seven.

Clarkson freshman Eric Wolery (Cincinnati, OH) played the final 48:22 in goal and posted a season-high 17 stops, while allowing 13 goals.

Andrew Watson played the final 28:49 in the Continentalsí goal and made two saves on nine shots to record the win.

At 3-6 overall and 1-1 in the Liberty league, Clarkson takes to the road for three straight conference games beginning with Saturdayís 2:00 p.m. contest at Rensselaer.