Clinton – It sure didn’t feel like March 9th outside, but the men’s lacrosse teams from Utica College and Hamilton College didn’t mind one bit. Neither did the big crowd that gathered to watch the 2016 version of the “Contineer Cup”.
With temperatures hovering in the mid 70’s, Hamilton knocked off Utica by a score of 18-5 to retain the Contineer Cup, for the sixth straight time since the trophy’s inception in 2011.
A 7-0 run by the Continentals to end the second quarter and start the third, fueled Hamilton, which improved to (2-0) on the young 2016 season.
Hamilton was propelled by a 5 goal, 4 assist day by junior J.D. Brachman and a 4 goal performance from senior attack, Sam Sweet.
Dominic Castiglia led Utica College, which dropped to (0-2) on the season, with 2 goals.
Utica goaltender Anthony D’Irio stopped 10 of the 16 shots he faced, before being replaced by Parker Smith, who made 3 saves on 5 shots.
Hamilton College goalie Noah Weismann stopped 19 of 24 Utica shots on the day.
Utica looks for their first win of the season when they travel to Potsdam for a non-league game against the Bears.
Hamilton puts its unbeaten record on the line on Saturday, when the Continentals open NESCAC Conference play at home against Wesleyan.