NESCAC Quarterfinal: #4 Hamilton 2, #5 Connecticut College 1 OT Devlin Nets 13th Goal of the Season for Camels

NESCAC Quarterfinal: #4 Hamilton 2, #5 Connecticut College 1 OT Devlin Nets 13th Goal of the Season for Camels

CLINTON, N.Y.--The Hamilton College men's soccer team advanced to the semifinal round of the NESCAC Championship, eliminating visiting Connecticut College 2-1 in Saturday's quarterfinal at Love Field.

Mike Lubelczyk '17 headed home the game winner 2:49 into overtime to send the Continentals to the NESCAC semifinals for the first time.

The Continentals (9-6-1) have won three straight heading into their semifinal rematch with the Middlebury Panthers next week, who posted a 1-0 win in Clinton on Sept. 27.

Lubelczyk's goal was his team-leading fifth of the season. His third game-winning goal of 2016 was set up by a centering pass from Alex Cadet '17 that he directed inside the right post from about six yards out. Cadet also assisted on Hamilton's first goal, giving him a team-best five of the season.

The Camels fell to 10-5-1 on the season; their only two road losses were at Hamilton.

Hamilton had a great opportunity to take the lead in the 36th minute of play. Sophomore Matt Casedei penetrated the Camel defense and unloaded with a shot from 10 yards out but Connecticut College senior Mark Cameron was able to get his glove on it and deflect the ball out of play with a terrific stop to keep the game scoreless.

Following the scoreless first half, the Continentals scored the game's first goal in the 49th minute when Eli Morris '18 converted a long cross that Cadet sent through the box. It as Morris' first goal of the year.

The Camels evened the score midway through the period after Pat Devlin, the NESCAC's leading scorer, was awarded a penalty kick for the fourth time this fall. Devlin converted the opportunity for his 13th goal at the 67:18 mark. With 16:20 remaining, Brooks Clark sacrificed his body to block an entry pass that helped Cameron and the Camels avert a dangerous situation.  Later on in the half with 2:33 remaining, Nate Summers came up with a huge defensive stand to keep the game tied.

Hamilton's Harris Pollack '17 earned the win in goal, stopping four shots. Cameron recorded seven saves.

Hamilton owned a 19-10 advantage in shots, including a 9-5 bulge after intermission.

Under the direction of Head Coach Kenny Murphy, the Camels reached double digits in the win column for the second straight year.