NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) factored into seven goals, which included setting up the eventual game-winning marker, to help lead the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to an 8-5 victory over Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at Freeman Field.
Connecticut College jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the opening minutes and never trailed in the contest. After Kelleher found junior Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) to put the Camels on the board at 13:50, senior Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won the ensuing faceoff and found the back of the net just 15 seconds later to double the margin.
Foster and Kelleher connected two more times in the opening half to help the hosts build up a 4-1 cushion. Hamilton, however, came back by getting an unassisted tally from Eric Zurmuehle with 12:27 left in the second quarter followed by a man-up goal which was scored by Adam Markhoff. The Continentals thought they scored a goal as time expired which would have knotted the score at 4-all, but the officials ruled that the shot happened after time had expired.
Despite having an apparent goal called back, Hamilton (1-12, NESCAC 0-9) was still able to tie the game when Chad Morse finished a pass from Henry Hill at the 13:34 mark of the third quarter. The Camels, however, quickly shook it off and went ahead by a 5-4 margin when Kelleher evaded defenders to tally an unassisted goal just 22 seconds later. Even though the Continentals were able to tie the score for the second time on an Alex Choy shot attempt, they would unable to get over the hump. The Camels scored three more times and did not surrender a goal over the last 24 minutes to come away with the victory.
Connecticut College (9-4, NESCAC 5-4) outshot the Continentals by a 24-21 margin and won nine of the 17 faceoffs. Kelleher netted a hat trick and added four helpers to pace the offense, while sophomore Anthony Drouin (Oakville, Ontario) and junior Brian Maguire (Ridgefield, Conn.) each caused a turnover on the defensive end. Senior Hunter Rosenthall (Chatham, Mass.) made seven saves between the pipes.
Chad Morse scored a goal and tallied two assists to lead the way for Hamilton, which had a 24-22 edge in ground balls. James Sanderson picked up four ground balls and caused two turnovers, and goalie Kyle Gately turned away four shots.
Connecticut College, which can finish as high as fourth in the NESCAC standings, returns to action when it hosts Stockton on Saturday, Apr. 21 at 1:00 p.m. The Camels will recognize their eight-member senior class prior to the non-conference matchup.