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Connecticut College 13, Hamilton College 10 Bertolini (1 Goal, 7 Assists) Sparks Camels in Comeback Win

Connecticut College 13, Hamilton College 10   Bertolini (1 Goal, 7 Assists) Sparks Camels in Comeback Win

NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team erased a 6-0 first half deficit by mounting an 8-0 run of its own en route to a 13-10 victory against a talented Hamilton College squad in front of 500 fans in New London Saturday.

The Camels put an end to their two game slide, improving to 8-5 with a 4-4 mark in NESCAC play. The Continentals slipped to 4-9 with a 1-8 mark in conference action. 

Junior Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) facilitated the comeback with his playmaking ability and precise passing, finishing with a goal and seven assists. Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) erupted with five goals and an assist for the winning side. Tyler Hegarty (Setauket, N.Y.) contributed with a fourth quarter half hat-trick for the hosts.

Thomas Woessner (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Ross Thompson (Carmel, N.Y.) both finished with a goal and an assist for the Camels. 

John Hazard (South Setauket, N.Y.) won 18-of-27 of his battles at the X, finishing with a game-best nine ground balls for the winning side.

Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) made 14 saves in the triumph. 

Hamilton College was led by Connor Morgan's (Glyndon, Md.) four goals scored. Bryan Hopper (Ridgewood, N.J.) chipped in with two scores for the visitors.  Sam Sweet (Duxbury, Mass.) and Paul Armideo (Homer, N.Y.) both sandwiched a goal around a pair of assists for the Continentals.

Pat Donahoe (Mahopac, N.Y.) and Matt Hrvatin (Ridgefield, Conn.) both had a goal and an assist in the setback. 

Junior Will Driscoll (Riverside, Conn.) had seven saves in the loss for the visitors.

Morgan scored two of the first three goals of the contest to vault Hamilton out to a 3-0 advantage after one quarter of play. Hamilton continued to build its advantage and when Sweet scored in an unsettled situation with Hrvatin assisting at the 8:31 mark of the second, the Camels were faced with the challenge of rebounding from a 6-0 deficit. 

Undeterred, the hosts chipped away at the lead. Hartgers scored a pair of goals to close out the first half, trimming the deficit to 6-2.

Then Connecticut College came out firing in the third quarter, taking control of the contest by netting the first six goals of the second half. 

Bertolini and Barton tallied goals 43 seconds apart to pull the Camels to within two in a 6-4 contest. Barton trimmed the lead to one before Thompson took a feed from Bertolini and unloaded for the equalizer with 7:10 remaining to tie the game at six.

Barton buried another goal from the right side of the box with Bertolini assisting to provide the Camels with their first lead at 7-6 with 6:00 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

With 4:49 left in the third, Woessner capped the rally when he unloaded with a shot from the top of the box with Bertolini contributing as the facilitator. 

Hamilton got one back with 1:28 remaining when Hopper buried an outside shot to make it an 8-7 game after three quarters of play.

But the Camels scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter to pull away. Hegarty accounted for three of the scores from just outside the crease and closed out the run with a goal to put the hosts on top 12-7 with 7:42 to go. 

The Camels were able to hold on for the 13-10 triumph.

Connecticut College held a 35-to-32 advantage in shots while enjoying a 32-to-24 edge in ground balls.