CLINTON, N.Y. - Andrew Miller '12, a New Hartford native, and Bryant Johnson '10 scored three goals apiece to lead nationally ranked No. 19 Rensselaer to an 11-5 win against Hamilton College in a Liberty League men's lacrosse game at Hamilton's Steuben Field on April 3.
Miller also picked up an assist and four ground balls. Nick Billy '11 tallied two goals and increased his team-leading total to 17. Paul Cerone '10 and Devin Arnold '10 chipped in one goal and two assists apiece. Brian Larkin '12 won 12 of 20 faceoffs and collected a team-high six ground balls. James Manchester '13 was spectacular in goal, especially in the first half, as he stopped 11 shots in 60 minutes.
Paul Armideo '13 paced Hamilton's offense with two goals and one assist. Henry Burchenal '12 scored his team-high 20th goal and picked up a game-high seven ground balls. Alex Duncan '10 won 6 of 8 faceoffs. Max Vaickus '12 and Garrett Akie '12 combined to make five saves. The Continentals (6-1 overall, 0-1 Liberty) were trying to start a season with seven wins for the first time since 2005.
Rensselaer (8-1, 3-0) jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 8:58 left in the first quarter and never trailed. Two goals by Billy sandwiched a man-up tally by Johnson for the Engineers in the opening run. Hamilton responded with three straight goals to tie the score. An unassisted goal by Franke Holiber '10 knotted things up at 3-3 with 9:06 left in the second quarter.
Wes Rudy '13 put Rensselaer back in front with his fourth goal 48 seconds later. Armideo tied the score for the second and final time with 5:51 remaining in the quarter. The Engineers took the lead for good at 5-4 just 90 seconds before the break on Miller's first goal of the afternoon on an assist from former New Hartford High School teammate Tyler Hutchinson '12. Manchester made sure Rensselaer would own the halftime lead as he made nine of his 11 saves in the first 30 minutes.
The third and fourth quarters were dominated by the Engineers. Rensselaer received goals from four different players in a 4-0 spurt to start the second half. Arnold's 11th goal this year gave the Engineers a 9-4 lead with 7:00 remaining in the third quarter. Armideo's 10th goal with 2:20 left in the third represented the lone score of the second half for the Continentals. Rensselaer added two goals in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Hamilton actually finished with a 31-23 shot advantage. The Engineers edged the Continentals 38-36 in ground balls. Hamilton was successful on just half of its 16 clear attempts. Rensselaer has won the last 10 meetings between the programs and dominates the all-time series, 20-2.
The Continentals host Union College for another league game on Wednesday, April 7. The Engineers host Clarkson University on Saturday, April 10, in league action.