Connecticut College 12 Roger Williams University 6 Hill Propels Camels to Victory in Snow with 12 Saves in Goal

Connecticut College 12 Roger Williams University 6 Hill Propels Camels to Victory in Snow with 12 Saves in Goal

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Sophomore Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.) collected seven of his 12 saves in the second half to lead the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team in a convincing 12-6 victory against Roger Williams University on a stormy night here in the Whaling City.

The Camels have now erupted with 37 goals in their past two games to improve their mark to 2-1 in the early season. The Hawks fell to 2-3 with the setback. 

Senior midfielder Ross Thompson (Mahopac, N.Y.) and sophomore PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) paced the Camels on offense, finishing with three goals and one assist each. Jackson Kleintz (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Sean Smith (Pasadena, Calif.) both scored twice for the Camels. Tucker Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) added a goal and an assist for the victors.

Junior All-American Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) was 15-for-20 at the X with five ground balls. Senior Jake Bank (Scarsdale, N.Y.) induced two Hawk turnovers while adding three ground balls in the triumph. 

Roger Williams senior AJ Core (Syosset, N.Y.), Eddie Hill (Somers, Conn.) and Justin Macintyre (Norwalk, Conn.) all contributed with a goal and an assist in the loss. Sophomore Weston Nolan (Falmouth, Maine) had 10 saves in a courageous effort between the pipes for RWU.

The Camels built a 5-3 lead when Kelleher assisted Kleintz for a score with 5:42 remaining in the second quarter. But sophomore Chris Bova (Ridgefield, Conn.) responded for RWU with 4:15 to go before the intermission, rifling one past Hill in an unsettled situation. But just 27 seconds later, Thompson answered back for the Camels with a goal to vault the hosts out to 6-4 lead at the break.

The Camels took control of this contest in the third quarter. The Hawks were unable to capitalize on a man up situation in the opening minute of the second half. Then, with 13:57 remaining, Alex Calabro (Newton, Mass.) executed on a nice scoring play for the hosts. Calabro corralled a ground ball and cycled the ball ahead to Kleintz, who flicked one in to vault the Camels out to a 7-4 advantage. With 8:24 to go in the quarter, Thompson unloaded with a runner from the right side of the box to make it an 8-4 game. Just 37 seconds later, Thompson put in a bullet from the top of the box that Nolan could not catch up to and the Camels were in control with a 9-4 advantage.

The two sides swapped goals to make it a 10-5 game. With a minute left in the third, RWU had a golden opportunity to creep closer to the Camels. Max Cammarota (Redding, Conn.) was able to penetrate  the Camel defense and had a great look at the cage from point blank range but Hill was able to break down for his best save of the night to keep it a five goal game.

Macintyre pulled the visitors to within 10-6 with 3:08 remaining but Smith tacked on a pair of insurance goals late and the Camels were able to hang on for the 12-6 win. 

Connecticut College enjoyed a 46-37 advantage on the shot chart tonight. The hosts won the ground ball battle by a count of 28-18. The Camels finished 1-for-2 with the extra man advantage while the Hawks finished up 0-for-2 in their extra man opportunities.