CLINTON, N.Y. -- Luke Sadoff scored a career-high four goals and led Hamilton to a 12-8 win over the Bates men's lacrosse team Saturday in a NESCAC game at Steuben Field.
The Continentals (5-4 overall, 3-4 NESCAC) won their fourth straight game. This was the first meeting between Hamilton and Bates (4-6, 2-5) in the history of the two programs.
Henry Burchenal matched Sadoff with four goals. Bryan Hopper chipped in two goals and one assist, Pax Anthos added one goal and one assist and Paul Armideo was credited with two assists.
Junior midfielder Rob Highland (Yarmouth, Maine), Wednesday night's hero with five goals in a win over Bowdoin, again paced the Bobcats' offense with three goals and one assist. Senior Jason Hichborn (Yarmouth, Maine) notched two goals and one assist, and junior Dan Hines (Manchester, Mass., first-year Jack Strain (Montclair, N.J.) and first-year Mac Jackson (Hood River, Ore.) scored one goal each. Junior Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.) picked up two assists raising his team-high total to 10 helpers on the year.
Senior Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) started in goal and made eight saves over three quarters. Sophomore Charlie Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) relieved Scharff at the start of the fourth quarter.
Jackson won nine faceoffs and junior Andrew Berry (Westwood, Mass.) collected five ground balls. Senior Kevin Helm (Norwell, Mass.) led the defense with five ground balls and a game-high four caused turnovers.
Jon Leanos tallied one goal and had three assists for Hamilton. Max Vaickus started in goal and made five saves, and Garrett Akie stopped one shot in the final 4 minutes, 43 seconds.
Hopper gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead on his seventh goal just 87 seconds into the first quarter. Hichborn tied the score on his team-high 11th goal with 8:28 left in the quarter. Burchenal put the Continentals in front for good with 6:21 remaining, and scored again with 2:24 left. Hamilton led 3-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Sadoff gave the Continentals a three-goal cushion 43 seconds into the second quarter. Highland cut Bates' deficit to 4-2 on a man-up goal with 7:28 remaining in the second. The Bobcats were 3-for-6 on extra-man opportunities.
Hamilton began to pull away with two goals 33 seconds apart later in the quarter. First it was Sadoff on a feed from Anthos with 5:15 left, and then Leanos made it 6-2 with his 18th goal with 4:42 remaining.
The Continentals led 6-2 at the half and Bates didn't get closer than three goals the rest of the afternoon. At one point, Hamilton's lead ballooned to seven at 11-4 after Burchenal scored from Leanos with 12:36 left in the fourth quarter.
The Continentals held a 31-27 edge in shots and were successful on 20 of 23 clear attempts.
The Bobcats are off until April 17, when they host Tufts in NESCAC action.