Hamilton vs. Skidmore
April 23, 2005
The Game Story:
CLINTON, N.Y. ~V Skidmore College~Rs Brendan Bellefeuille ~R05 scored
five goals and assisted on two others to lead the Thoroughbreds to an
easy 12-3 Liberty League win against Hamilton College at Campus Road
Athletic Field on April 23.

Skidmore (4-0 league, 9-2 overall) is in sole possession of first
place in the league standings. Hamilton (2-3 league, 10-3 overall) is
tied for fourth place and needs a win at Union College on Wednesday,
April 27, to pick up the fourth and final league playoff spot.

Thoroughbred goalie James de Gorter ~R06 leads the league in goals
against average and save percentage, and was sharp again on Saturday.
He stopped nine out of twelve shots to lead a stingy Skidmore defense
and even had an assist. Rich Palmer ~R05 scored three goals and was
credited with one assist. Charlie McNeil ~R07 added three goals. Tom
Spinella ~R06, who leads the league with 3.60 goals per game, was held
scoreless, but did have one assist. Pat O~RLeary ~R05 and Yosef
Becher ~R07 picked up seven ground balls apiece.

Anthony Tracy ~R08, Eric Luoma ~R06 and George Earle ~R05 scored goals
for the Continentals. Earle also had six ground balls. Nate Harris ~R07
led Hamilton with seven ground balls. Ethan Shoemaker ~R07 and Andrew
Watson ~R08 combined to make 13 saves.

The Thoroughbreds opened the game with four straight goals, two of
which were scored by McNeil. Tracy put the Continentals on the
scoreboard with the first goal of his career with 2:03 left in the
first quarter. Luoma made the score 4-2 just 18 seconds later, but
that was as close as Hamilton would get all afternoon. Skidmore
essentially put the game away with three unanswered goals in the
second quarter for a 7-2 lead at the break.

The three goals are the fewest scored by the Continentals in one game
since a 13-3 loss to Union in the last game of the 1999 season.
Hamilton~Rs Jim Henry ~R05 needs one goal to become the third player in
school history with 100 goals in a career.