Men's lacrosse has road opener loss at Hamilton

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 16, 2013
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Peter Willauer (Dustin Satloff Photography)

CLINTON, N.Y. --- The Colby College men's lacrosse team opened the season with two victories at home on Bill Alfond Field, but the road was not as kind Saturday in a 10-5 setback to Hamilton College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play.

The Mules have been nearly unbeatable at home the past five years, posting a 27-4 record. All four of the losses were one-goal league setbacks. Colby, though, has been 11-21 during the same time in road games.
After scoring 30 goals in the opening two games, the Mules (2-1 overall, 1-1 NESCAC) scored two in the opening half Saturday. 

Ian Deveau had two goals and one assist to lead Colby, Greg McKillop, John Jennings, and Whit Harwood, Jr., all had one goal. Peter Willauer finished with eight ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Mules. Hunter Moore added six ground balls, while Jed Rooney and Russ Wilson both had two caused turnovers and two ground balls. 

John Zimmerman paced Hamilton (2-1 overall, 2-1 NESCAC) with four goals and two assists, Chris Whelan added three goals, and Paul Armideo added one goal and three assists.

Colby grabbed a 1-0 lead on a man-up goal by Deveau while three Continentals were serving simultaneous one-minute penalties with 12:42 left in the first quarter. Whelan tied the score on an unassisted goal with 11:27 remaining in the first, and Armideo fed Zimmerman for a 2-1 advantage with 7:25 left. Hamilton led 2-1 after one quarter.
The Mules knotted the score at 2-2 with 12:06 remaining in the second quarter when McKillop scored his third goal after he received a pass from Deveau. Hamilton took the lead for good by scoring the next five goals. Whelan started the run with a goal on a feed from Bryan Hopper with 7:04 left in the second. Armideo found Zimmerman with 2:54 to go in the half, and the Continentals led 4-2 at the break.

Zimmerman found the back of the net after another pass from Armideo just 42 seconds into the third quarter. Zimmerman passed to Whelan for his third goal of the afternoon with 11:16 remaining in the third, and Armideo made it a 7-2 cushion with 6:22 left in the quarter.

Harwood scored with 3:36 to go in the third and Jennings notched his 11th goal and pulled the Mules within 7-4 with 10:11 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Hamilton clinched the win by registering the next three goals. Nick Ogden scored as he was falling to the turf on a behind-the-head shot with 8:59 left. Zimmerman recorded his fourth of the day after a series of dodges and a hard shot from the left side with 2:29 to go. Pat Donahoe made the score 10-4 with 38 seconds remaining, and Deveau rounded out the scoring with 13 ticks left.

Hamilton enjoyed a 47-20 shot advantage and had 39 ground balls to Colby's 30. The Continentals were scoreless on five extra-man opportunities and the Mules scored on 1 of 3 attempts.

Hamilton 10, Colby 5
Colby..........................  1  1  1  2 -  5
Hamilton College....  2  2  3  3 - 10
Colby SCORING: GOALS: Ian Deveau 2; Greg McKillop 1; John Jennings 1;
Whit Harwood, Jr. 1. ASSISTS: Ian Deveau 1. 
Hamilton College SCORING: GOALS: John Zimmerman 4; Chris Whelan 3;
Paul Armideo 1; Pat Donahoe 1; Nick Ogden 1. 
ASSISTS: Paul Armideo 3; John Zimmerman 2; Bryan Hopper 1; Joe
Ricciuti 1. 
SHOTS - Colby 20; Hamilton College 47.
Penalties - Colby 6/6:30; Hamilton College 6/5:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Colby 1-3; Hamilton College 0-5.
TURNOVERS - Colby 19; Hamilton College 17.
FACEOFFS - Colby 10-19; Hamilton College 9-19.
GOALIES - Colby: Peter Reiley 2-1 (60:00 minutes, 25 shots-15
saves, 10 GA); Hamilton: Will Driscoll 2-1 (60:00, 14-9, 5).

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