Trinity Men's Lacrosse Streaks Past Hamilton For First League Win

Drew Kozub '21 scored a game-high five goals
Drew Kozub '21 scored a game-high five goals

Hartford, Conn. - First-year Drew Kozub (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored three of his game-high five goals during an 8-1 Bantam run in the second half to lead Trinity College to a 14-9 victory over the visiting Hamilton College Continentals in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse action this afternoon at Jessee/Miller Field.  Trinity improves to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in the NESCAC, while the Continentals drop to 1-10 overall and 0-7 in the league with their ninth setback in a row.  Trinity hosts No. 4-ranked Wesleyan in a NESCAC contest on Tuesday, April 10 at 4:30 p.m. and Hamilton plays at league foe Williams the same day at 6 p.m.

Trinity trailed, 6-5, with 8:30 left in the third quarter after a man-up goal by Hamilton sophomore attackman Henry Hunt (Old Lyme, Conn.), but Bantam rookie midfielder Jack Ricciuti (Norwell, Mass.) fed sophomore middie Morty Fearey (Duxbury, Mass.) for the game-tying goal at the 6:34 mark and Kozub netted the go-ahead tally 1:58 later to make it, 7-6, in Trinity's favor.  Trinity junior attackman Ben Knaus (San Francisco, Calif.) assisted Kozub on another goal 90 seconds after that, and sophomore attackman Matt Gardiner (Potomac, Md.) closed out a 4-0 Bantam spurt with a goal from senior midfielder Teddy Myers (Washington, D.C.) as the horn sounded for the end of the third.

Continental junior attackman Henry Hill (Annapolis, Md.) scored 33 seconds into the fourth frame to cut the visitors' deficit to 9-7, but Trinity rattled off five goals in a row including a pair by Myers to put the game away.  Myers finished with four points on two goals and as many assists, while Fearey, Gardiner, and junior middie Scott Morgan (Grand Rapids, Mich.) also scored twice for Trinity.  Morgan dominated the faceoff with wins in two thirds of his 21 chances to go with 12 ground balls while junior defenseman Matt Fleishmann (Cincinnati, Ohio) was stellar with four ground balls and four caused turnovers.  Senior tri-captain Woody Hamilton (Williamstown, Mass.) made 12 saves in goal for the Bantams.

Hamilton had taken a 4-0 lead to start the game, including a goal apiece by Hill and Hunt, but Knaus assisted Kozub for a Trinity goal with 4:09 left in the first quarter that ignited a 5-0 Bantam run.  Junior midfielder Zach Larsen (Waldwick, N.J.) scored a goal and assisted Hunt on another to open the second half and give the Continentals the 6-5 advantage.  Larsen was the leading point scorer for Hamilton with a goal and three assists, while Hunt had a hat trick, and Hill and junior Chad Morse (Beverly, Mass.) scored twice each.  Sophomore goalie Kyle Gately (Medfield, Mass.) was active with 17 saves and rookie James Sanderson (Lincoln, Mass.) scooped a team-high five ground balls for the Continentals.