Saint Lawrence vs. Hamilton
April 6, 2003
The Game Story:
Dan Geiger scored the game-winning goal with 4:56 remaining in the fourth quarter to lead the Hamilton College men's lacrosse team to a 9-8 win over #9 St. Lawerence University (6-1, 1-1 UCAA). The win improves Hamilton's record to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association.

Hamilton spotted St. Lawrence a 2-0 lead after one quarter of play as the Saints out shot the Continentals 13-5 in the first quarter. Senior All-American Matt Silverio got Hamilton on the scoreboard just 40 seconds into the second quarter with his 27th goal of the season. Silverio tied the score at 2-2 on a man-up goal from Dan Geiger. After Alex Moore scored for the Saints, making it 3-2 Silverio tallied his third goal of the game, tying the game at 3-3. Jim Henry gave Hamilton their first lead of the game with his un assisted goal at the 8:11 mark of the second. Hamilton's lead was short-lived, however, as St. Lawrence's Chris Hanbury tied the game at 3-3 with 5:36 remaining to play in the quarter. Freshman midfielder Kevin St. John gave Hamilton the lead back with 4:59 to go in the half on his first collegiate goal. St. John's goal woud prove to be the final goal of the half as Hamiltn led 5-4.

The Continentals maintained their momentum coming out of half time, scoring the first three goals of the half. Sean Lackaye scored the first goal to give Hamilton a 6-4 lead. Silverio's fourth goal made it 7-4 Hamilton, while Bryan St. John's goal gave the Continentals a commanding 8-4 lead just 22 seconds into the fourth quarter.

St. Lawrence kept the pressure on and slowly crept back in the game. Tim Loveless scored two straight goals for St. Lawrence pulling them to within two at 8-6. Dan Geiger's goal on an assist from Jim Henry stopped the Saints' run and would prove to be the game-winning goal. Dave Bromall and Peter Dolan each scored a goal late for the Saints but that was as close as they would get as Hamilton held on for the 9-8 victory.

Matt Silverio led Hamilton with four points on four goals. Dan Geiger, Bryan St. John and Jim Henry each had two points on a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Jason Mleczko led an outstanding defensive effort, making 16 saves on 40 shots, allowing just eight goals. Rob Gifis picked four ground balls to lead Hamilton.

Hamilton converted three-out-of-six extra man opportunities, while holding St. Lawrence scoreless in their three extra-man attempts. Hamilton will host Clarkson University on Wednesday, April 9th at 5 pm.