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Date: March 8, 2014
Colby moves to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Hamilton is 0-3 overall and 0-2 in league play after dropping a second straight one-goal conference game.
The Mules trailed 8-4 after Hamilton's John Zimmerman (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored from Sam Sweet (Plymouth, Mass.) with 3:59 left in the third quarter. The Mules, though, scored six of the next seven goals to pull out the win.
"We played a little sloppy early and struggled with the clearing game. Hamilton played great and took advantage of that," Colby head coach Jack Sandler said. "I'm so proud of the team coming together during a timeout late in the third quarter, they refocused on what we needed to do and mounted quite a comeback. We talk all the time about believing in our style of play and the team stayed the course to earn a big NESCAC win for us."
Derek Youngman (Cohasset, Mass.) had three goals and one assist to move his season totals to 11 points (8 goals, 3 assists) in two games. Rutan had a big all-around game with three goals, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Austin Sayre (Summit, N.J.), the NESCAC Player of the Week for last week, added two goals and one assist. He also has eight goals and three assists.
Zimmerman had a game-high four goals to pace the Continentals. Joe Ricciuti (Norwell, Mass.) finished with three goals, while Sweet added one goal and two assists. Hamilton face-off man Trip Connors (Chatham, N.J.) played a huge role, winning 15 of his 21 face-offs and scooping 10 ground balls.
After Colby had battled back to tie the game at 8-8, Hamilton scored its lone goal in the final 18:58 of play when Ricciuti tallied with 3:38 to play from Bryan Hopper (Ridgewood, N.J.).
Colby struggled with face-offs all day, but Max Eberhart (Rye Beach, N.H.) won a big one after Ricciuti's goal. Eberhart had the most success for the Mules, winning five of his nine face-offs.
Rutan, with one of the harder shots on Colby's team, tied the game just 23 seconds later on a long blast off a pass from Youngman.
Rutan scored the winner when two Hamilton defenders each thought the other was going to take him defensively. When both moved away at the same time, Rutan ripped a high shot past Hamilton keeper Will Driscoll (Riverside, Conn.).
Hamilton scored the opening two goals of the game, the first by Zimmerman from Sweet just 16 seconds into play. After more than 10 minutes without a goal, Ricciuti scored on a man-up opportunity for a 2-0 lead with 3:41 left in the first quarter.
Rutan made it 2-1 with 2:49 left in the first from Ian Boldt (Millburn, N.J.) and the Mules tied it after one when Youngman scored his first of the game with just nine seconds to play.
Colby took its first lead of the game when Sayre scored unassisted just 25 seconds into the second quarter.
Hamilton scored the next three goals to take a 5-3 margin with 5:03 to play. Sweet scored from Hopper with 13:31 to halftime and Zimmerman added unassisted goals with 10:47 and 5:03 to go.
Sam Wasserman (Milton, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season for Colby with 3:44 to intermission from Jeff Vaz (Arlington, Mass.), but Hamilton answered when Pat Donahoe (Mahopac, N.Y.) tallied with 2:21 remaining from Paul Armideo (Homer, N.Y.) for a 6-4 lead at the break.
The Continentals appeared to take control when Ricciuti scored unassisted with 4:44 left in the third quarter and Zimmerman added Hamilton's eighth goal with 3:59 left.
Sayre scored an important goal with 2:27 remaining in the third quarter to make it an 8-5 game heading into the final 15 minutes. John Grimaldi (Manchester, Mass.) had the assist on the play.
Hamilton appeared to get tentative on offense in the first 10 minutes of the second half and Colby made them pay. Youngman cut the margin to 8-6 from Jeb Waters (Norwalk, Conn.) with 12:51 remaining. Waters had three ground balls in the game.
Grimaldi took a feed from Sayre and got Colby to within one goal at 8-7 with 9:23 left. Youngman scored his third goal of the game with 4:26 left to tie the contest at 8-8.
Peter Willauer (Duxbury, Mass.) led Colby's defense with four ground balls and one caused turnover, while Kenny Jacobson (Duxbury, Mass.) had two caused turnovers.
Colby goalie Tyler Will (Woodbury, N.Y.) had nine of his 15 saves in the first half to keep his team in the game. He has 27 saves and a .675 save percentage in two games.
Casey Kopp (Rochester, N.Y.) finished with four ground balls and one caused turnover for Hamilton. Chad Berger (Princeton, N.J.) added three ground balls and one caused turnover. Driscoll had five of his nine saves in the second half.
Hamilton had the statistical advantage in most categories. The Continentals had a 48-36 shot advantage, a 25-21 margin in ground balls, had a better clearing percentage, and won 15 of the 21 face-offs.
Colby 10, Hamilton 9
Hamilton............ 2 4 2 1 - 9
Colby............... 2 2 1 5 - 10
Hamilton SCORING: GOALS: John Zimmerman 4; Joe Ricciuti 3; Sam Sweet
1; Pat Donahoe 1. ASSISTS: Bryan Hopper 2; Sam Sweet 2; Paul Armideo 1.
Colby SCORING: GOALS: Derek Youngman 3; Alex Rutan 3; Austin Sayre 2;
John Grimaldi 1; Sam Wasserman 1. ASSISTS: Ian Boldt 1; Austin Sayre 1; Jeff Vaz 1; Jeb Waters 1; Derek Youngman 1, John Grimaldi 1.
SHOTS - Hamilton 48; Colby 36.
Penalties - Hamilton 4/2:30; Colby 4/3:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Hamilton 1-4; Colby 0-4.
TURNOVERS - Hamilton 18; Colby 22.
FACEOFFS - Hamilton 15-21; Colby 6-21.
CLEARS - Hamilton 22-24; Colby 25-30.
GOALIES - Hamilton: Will Driscoll 0-3 (60:00 minutes, 19 shots-9 saves, 10
GA); Colby: Tyler Will (58:39, 24 shots-15 saves, 9 GA) and Dylan Rothenberg (01:21, 0-0, 0).