Behind Driscoll's 15 saves, Hamilton upsets No. 14 Connecticut College
Hamilton's Will Driscoll made 15 saves as the Continentals upset No. 14 Connecticut College 5-4 in a NESCAC game at Hamilton’s Steuben Field on Saturday.
The Continentals (6-5 overall, 3-5 NESCAC) held on to a slim lead the entire fourth quarter. Conn. College had three great looks at a scoring opportunity in the final 45 seconds, but Driscoll made two saves and the other shot hit the post. Hamilton was whistled for a delay of game penalty with 27.4 seconds remaining, which gave the Camels an extra-man opportunity. After one last save by Driscoll, the Continentals ran out the clock.
Conn. College (8-3, 5-2) had won six games in a row entering the contest. Hamilton has won two of the three all-time meetings with the Camels and the Continentals are 2-1 this year against ranked opponents.
Sophomore Connor Morgan posted two goals and junior Bryan Hopper finished with one goal and two assists for the Continentals. Junior Pax Anthos added one goal and one assist. Freshman Nate Menninger chipped in one goal and a game-high seven ground balls. Seniors Luke Walsh and Matt Hill recorded one assist apiece. Menninger won four faceoffs and Anthos was a perfect 2-for-2. Senior Ed Reed and sophomore Dylan Lahey caused four turnovers apiece.
Sophomore Chad Sawyer scored three goals and junior Thomas Woessner had the other one for Conn. College. Senior Andrew Freedman dished out one helper, while freshman Bobby Bleistein made 10 saves and tied for the team lead with four ground balls. Junior Jack Griffin also scooped up four ground balls and senior Brogan O’Connor caused five turnovers.
The Camels raced out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals less than two minutes into the first quarter. Freedman found Sawyer just 47 seconds in and Sawyer added an unassisted tally a minute later.
Hamilton responded with two goals 14 seconds apart that tied the score. Anthos scored from Hopper and cut the deficit in half. Menninger won the ensuing faceoff and Hill picked up the ground ball, sending it back to Menninger for the equalizer with 8:47 left in the first.
The teams traded goals in the final minute of the first. Woessner scored an unassisted goal with 59.8 seconds to go and Hopper received a pass from Anthos, sending a shot by Bleistein with 15 seconds remaining. The score was tied at three after one quarter.
With the score still tied late in the second, Morgan scored the first of his two goals on a pass from Walsh with 1:45 left in the half. The Continentals owned a 4-3 advantage at the break.
In the third quarter, Morgan's 10th goal of the season was the eventual game-winner. Sawyer completed his hat trick and rounded out the scoring on his 24th goal with 4:10 left to go in the third.
In the final quarter, Driscoll made five saves and the Camels hit the post twice. Conn. College held slight advantages in shots (30-22), ground balls (28-25) and faceoffs (7-6).
Hamilton stopped the Camels on all six of their man-up opportunities.