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Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Hamilton, 12-9, for First NESCAC Win

Jack Rutter

CLINTON, N.Y. – Junior Jack Rutter (Madison, N.J.) scored a career-high seven goals and classmate Colin Smith (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) made a personal-best 19 saves to help propel the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to a 12-9 victory over Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at Steuben Field.

The opening quarter was a seesaw battle, as Henry Hill opened the scoring for the Continentals before senior PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) would have a quick answer to knot the score. Following two exchanges of the lead, Rutter fired home an unassisted marker to send the teams into the first break in a 3-3 deadlock.

The Camels, however, had a strong second quarter which would eventually prove to be the difference. Rutter scored three times, which included breaking two ties, and Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) added a man-up marker with 4:38 on the clock to give the visitors a 7-4 advantage at recess.

Hamilton attempted to rally in the third quarter by netting three unanswered following another Rutter tally that started the scoring in the second half, but the junior could not be stopped and opened the margin back to up three again at 10-7 by scoring a pair of unassisted goals to close out the quarter.

Even though the Continentals made it a one-goal game again in the fourth, the Camels tallied two more in the waning minutes to finish strong. Junior Sean Smith (Pasadena, Calif.) doubled the margin at 3:39, and Kelleher added insurance on a man-up opportunity to produce the final outcome.

Rutter lit up the box score with seven goals, one assist, nine ground balls, and two caused turnovers to lead the way for Connecticut College. The Camels outshot the Continentals, 39-35, had a 37-35 edge in ground balls, and won 18 faceoffs with sophomore Toby Almeida (Cumberland, R.I.) giving the team possession on all of them. Classmate Zach Gustafson (Sherborn, Mass.) caused three turnovers, and Colin Smith made a career-high 19 stops by turning away five shots in the first, seven in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth.

Hamilton (3-8, NESCAC 1-8) got strong contributions from Zach Kleinbaum and Hill. Kleinbaum caused three turnovers, and Hill netted a hat trick. Max Scheidl redirected 11 shots from between the posts.

Connecticut College (4-9, NESCAC 1-8) will be back in action to host Colorado College on Easter Sunday at 12 p.m. The Camels will also recognize their senior class prior to the game.