Posted by Skidmore Athletics
SARATOGA SPRINGS- The Skidmore men's lacrosse team fell to Hamilton 11-9 in Wednesday night's home matchup.
In a fast-paced start to the game, Skidmore took the early lead with back-back goals from Mike Perlow '13 and J.P Sullivan '13. The Hamilton Continentals quickly answered back, but the Thoroughbreds obstinately hit two more goals. Perlow and Sullivan's second goals gave the Thoroughbreds a 4-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Continentals tied it up, only for the Thoroughbreds to take back the lead with goals from Richie Davis' 14 and Bryan Connolly '13. The Continentals closed the second quarter with another goal to enter the second half with Skidmore up by one 6-5.
The Continentals entered the second half with two goals to give them the 7-6 lead. Connolly was able to tie it back up on his second goal of the game with 51 seconds left in the quarter.
In an impressive final quarter Hamilton tallied the first three goals of the final quarter to take a 10-7 lead. With 3:01 remaining, Josh Trachtenberg '15 cut the lead to two before Hamilton scored again. Trachtenberg hit one more goal with 53 seconds left, but Skidmore was unable to get any closer as the Continentals held on for an 11-9 win.
Connolly and Perlow each finished with two goals and an assist, while Sullivan and Trachtenberg finished with two goals apiece for the Thoroughbreds. Ryan Paradis '12 won 15-of-24 face-offs and picked up a game-high eight ground balls. Matt Diaco '14 took the loss as he made 14 saves on 25 shots.
While the Thoroughbreds held a slight 31-30 advantage in ground balls, the Continentals had nearly twice as many shots on goal as Skidmore, outshooting the Thoroughbreds 54-28. This loss reduces Skidmore below .500 for a 5-6 record.
The Thoroughbreds have the opportunity to break even as they host Clarkson in Liberty League action this Saturday at 5 p.m.