Hamilton vs. Clarkson
April 9, 2003
The Game Story:
After defeating #9 St. Lawrence 3 days earlier, Hamilton took down another top 20 team today. Hamilton's defense virtually shut down Clarkson's high powered offense today as they defeated them 7-6. Hamilton entered the game ranked 20th in the latest USILA Division III poll, while Clarkson was 17th.

Clarkson opened the scoring just 49 seconds into the contest on a goal by Greg Arnold. Sean Pearce made it 2-0 Clarkson with his goal with 11:28 remaining in the first. Dan Geiger cut Clarkson's lead in half with his unassisted goal at the 10:34 mark of the first. Matt Silverio and Jim Henry each tallied a goal to close out the second period, giving Hamilton a 3-2 lead after one quarter and Hamilton never looked back.

Geiger's second goal of the day gave Hamilton a 4-2 lead midway through the second quarter. Jason Mleczko made a save. He passed it to Andy Laskowski who led Geiger beautifully for his fifth assist of the season. Both goalies shut out the other team the remainder of the half as Hamilton took a 4-2 lead into halftime.

Matt Owen opened the second-half scoring for Clarkson with his unassisted goal, making the score 4-3 Hamilton. Silverio struck twice for the Continentals the first coming on an assist from Jim Henry, giving Hamilton a 6-3 lead with eight minutes to play in the third quarter. Sean Pearce and Matt Owen each scored for Clarkson at the end of the third quarter, setting up an exciting fourth quarter.

With 3:45 remaining in regulation with Hamilton leading 6-5 freshman Jack Newton drove in and beat Clarkson's Joe Zebrowski, giving Hamilton a 7-5 lead. Hamilton had a chance to break it open but Silverio and Geiger both rocketed shots in which the goalie didn't even see and they both hit the pipe. Clarkson desperately answered back as Richard Burritt scored with 36 seconds remaining, cutting Hamilton's lead to 7-6. With 12 seconds to play Pearce had an opportunity to tie it, but with Hamilton's obviously overpowering defense, and the senior goalie in the net, they made the stop as they did all game and preserved the win for Hamilton.

The Continentals dominated the ground ball battle 67-39, including 21-6 in the fourth quarter. Silverio and Geiger led Hamilton with three points apiece. Silverio had three goals, while Geiger added a goal and an assist. Mleczko made 18 saves in net for Hamilton on 24 shots. Sean Pearce and Matt Owen led the Golden Knights with two points apiece. Zebrowski made 12 saves in net for Clarkson on 19 shots.