Hamilton vs. Skidmore
April 19, 2003
The Game Story:
CLINTON, NY - The Hamilton College (10-2, 4-1 UCAA) men^s lacrosse team defeated Skidmore College (6-6, 2-3 UCAA) 12-9 this afternoon in Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association play. Hamilton came into the game ranked 16th in the latest Division III poll. It was a penalty nightmare for the Continentals who tallied 10 for the game, two of which were 2 men down and Skidmore only committed four fouls.

Hamilton opened the scoring with 14:21 to play in the first quarter on Matt Silverio^s unassisted goal. Chris Bivona answered back for Skidmore less than a minute later, tying the game at 1-1. Andy Meehan^s goal with 6:12 to play in the first quarter gave Skidmore a 2-1 lead. Dan Geiger and Sean Lackaye each scored for the Continentals, giving Hamilton a 3-2 lead. Brandan Bellefeuille scored with nine seconds to play in the first quarter, tying the score at 3-3. It was a shooting festival for Hamilton who tallied over 20 shots in the 1st quarter. Hamilton possesed the ball for most of the quarter not letting Skidmore have much of a settled offense.

Each team tallied a pair of goals in the second period. Matt Silverio and Jack Newton scored for the Continentals, while Brendan Bellefeuille and Andy Meehan each scored for the Thoroughgbreds, tying the score at 5-5.

Hamilton opened the third quarter with two goals by Jim Henry and Jack Newton, giving Hamilton their biggest lead so far at 7-5. Andy Meehan^s goal with nine minutes to play in the third pulled the Thoroughbreds to within a goal at 7-6. Each team exchanged a goal to end the third quarter setting up an action-packed fourth quarter.

Hamilton scored three straight goals to open the fourth quarter, opening up a four goal lead. Dan Geiger opened the quarter with a man up goal, while Silverio followed with a pair of goals. After a Hamilton penalty the Thoroughbreds converted on the man-up opportunity on a goal by Chris Bivona with 10:09 to play. Jim Henry answered back for Hamilton with his third goal of the afternoon, making the score 12-8. Brendan Bellefeuille^s goal with 1:30 to play in regulation pulled Skidmore to within three goals at 12-9, but they were unable to get any closer as Hamilton^s defense held and the offense possessed the ball for the rest of the game.

The greatest performance of the game was the goaltending of Hamilton^s Jason Mleczko (18 saves). Mleczko, making remarkable one on one saves and outlet passes, gave Skidmore a difficult time putting the ball in the back of the net.