Union vs. Hamilton
April 25, 2007
The Game Story:
SCHENECTADY, NY – Hamilton College senior attackman Clark Winter (Darien, CT/ Darien) scored four goals and added four assists to lead the Continentals to a 13-7 victory over host Union College in Liberty League men’s lacrosse action at Frank Bailey Field Wednesday afternoon. The win marks the first in league play for Hamilton, which improves to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in League action. Union, which honored its six seniors prior to the contest, falls to 4-9 and 1-5 in the Liberty League.

Winter got things started for the Continentals, setting up Travis Modic (Sewickley, PA/ Sewickley) just 1:59 into the game. Hamilton held the lead until late in the first quarter when Bill Condon (West Hartford, CT/ Conard) connected on a pass from Tom Simmons (Salisbury, CT/ Salisbury).

Hamilton started the second quarter with a 3-0 run, collecting a pair of goals nine seconds apart from Winter. He carried the ball all the way around the net before launching a shot past Union goaltender Rob Oram (New Canaan, CT/ New Canaan) 7:45 into the frame, and followed with a goal off the faceoff, won by Marc Albu (Darien, CT/ Darien). Albu won 11-of-17 faceoffs for the Continentals, who won 13-of-24 in the game.

Hamilton used a three-man advantage to take a 4-1 lead late in the second frame. Three Union players were whistled for major penalties with 4:32 left to play. Hamilton turned the ball over just inside the box, but Union failed to clear the ball. With only eight seconds remaining with a three-man advantage, freshman Justin Williams (New Canaan, CT/ Kent School) netted his seventh man-up goal of the season.

Union rallied, scoring four goals in a span of 1:06 to hold a 5-4 lead at the half. Jon Miller (Yarmouth, ME/ Yarmouth) faked a low shot and then sent the ball high past Hamilton netminder Ethan Shoemaker (Kansas City, MO/ Pembroke Hill School), and then registered another unassisted tally 34 seconds later to cut the Continentals’ lead to one.

Matthew Douglas (New York, NY/ The Hotchkiss School) fed Scott Garibaldi (Summit, NJ/ Summit) to tie the game with 26 seconds left in the half, before scoring an unassisted tally 15 seconds later to take a one-goal lead.

Hamilton recorded four unanswered goals in a span of 4:29 in the third quarter to retake the lead, with Winter factoring in on all scores. He kicked off the blitz with an unassisted tally and then assisted on Frasher Kempe’s (Richmond, VA/ St. Christopher’s School) low rolling shot with 8:18 left in the stanza. Winter sent passes from behind the net to Kevin Coughlin (Manhasset, NY/ Salisbury School) and Grant Blosser (Upper Arlington, OH/ Upper Arlington) for goals 1:30 apart, giving the Continentals an 8-5 lead midway through the third quarter.

Union freshman Peter Kennedy (Needham, MA/ Northfield Mount Hermon) netted his third goal of the season late in the third, but Hamilton rattled off five-straight unassisted goals to start the final quarter, leading by as many as five on Blosser’s second goal of the game with 3:36 left to play.

Dana Lasher (Norfolk, MA/ King Phillip Regional) capped the scoring with a man-up goal assisted by Simmons with 2:09 left in the game.

Shoemaker made 15 saves in the win, while Oram stopped 11 Hamilton shots in just under 57 minutes of play. Christopher Keinath (Wilbraham, MA/ Minnechaug Regional) did not face a shot in the final three minutes of the game.

Union honored seniors David Schneidman (Chappaqua, NY/ Horace Greeley), J.J. Molé (Newton, MA/ Newton North), Will Dewey (Yardley, PA/ Princeton Day), Marc Magee (Madison, CT/ Daniel Hand), Oram, and Condon prior to the game.

The Dutchmen are back in action in their final game of the season on Saturday, April 28 in a 1 p.m. game at Cazenovia.