Hamilton vs. Utica College
March 13, 2010
The Game Story:
Henry Burchenal ’12 scored two goals and tallied a team-high four assists in Hamilton College’s 8-7 win over visiting Utica College in a non-league game played at Hamilton’s Steuben Field on March 13.

The game was the first lacrosse game played at Steuben Field. The Continentals (1-0 overall) open their season with a win for the sixth straight year, while the Pioneers (0-2 overall) lost their second straight game. Hamilton has won 10 of the 11 meetings all-time against the Pioneers.

Burchenal also picked up six ground balls for the Continentals. Paul Armideo ’13 added two goals for Hamilton in his first collegiate action. Luke Sadoff ‘12 was credited with two assists. Alex Duncan ’10 picked up team-high nine ground balls, and won 4 of 5 faceoffs.

The visitors from Utica opened the scoring just 55 seconds into the game. With 7:26 on the clock, Armideo scored his first goal of the afternoon off an assist from Burchenal to tie up the game. The duo of Armideo and Burchenal capitalized again just 1:25 later when Armideo scored his second goal on an extra-man opportunity, after one of the Pioneers was called for cross-checking.

Utica opened the second quarter tying the score at two 3:52 in. One minute, 12 seconds later, one of the Pioneers sent a shot into the back of the net for a 3-2 advantage. With 6:21 on the clock, the Pioneers scored again to stretch their lead to two. Hamilton scored the next four goals -- a spurt that spanned the second and third quarters -- to take the lead for good. Burchenal tallied both of his goals and Sadoff recorded both of his assists during the run.

At the 4:17 mark, Burchenal scored his first goal off an assist from Stephen Lefebvre ’11. He added another with just 36 seconds left in the quarter off a pass from Sadoff. Franke Holiber ’10 fired a shot past the Utica goalie to make the score 5-4. Corbin Brown ’11 scored an unassisted goal –the first of his career -- at 8:51 to put Hamilton up by two. Utica added a goal of their own with 3:48 left in the third.

2009 Liberty League rookie of the year, Jon Leanos ‘12 scored 43 seconds into the final quarter to put the Continentals up by two again. The Continentals reached their largest lead of the game at 8-5 when McCullough Shriver ’13 scored his first goal as a Continental. The Pioneers would not go away quietly. They rallied capitalizing on an extra-man opportunity to make the score 8-6. With just 1:03 left in the game Utica scored another extra-man goal to cut its deficit to one.

The Pioneers fired a shot on goal with 29 seconds remaining, but Max Vaickus ‘12 was there to make the save. Vaickus finished with a total of five saves in net for Hamilton. The Pioneers came up with the loose ball and called timeout with 24 seconds left. However, Utica didn't get another shot off, as a pass from behind the goal sailed high towards midfield as time ran out.

The Continentals held a 35-17 advantage in shots, and a 45-38 edge in ground balls.