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Hamilton's late score breaks men's soccer stalemate

John Murphy '13 scored his team-high fifth goal on a free kick to tie the game at 1-1. (File photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Frank Campagnano scored with 2:18 left in regulation to break a 1-1 stalemate and send Hamilton College to a 2-1 win over Bates College in the teams' first meeting as NESCAC rivals on Saturday at Russell Street Field.

The Continentals' (2-4-1, 1-4-1 NESCAC) Griffin Abbott put a shot on Bates' goal that was deflected away by an advancing Bates senior goalie Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.). Abbott was able to gather the carom and set up Campagnano for the game-winner.

Abbott put Hamilton on top with 29 minutes to go in the first half on another rebounded save by Watts. Watts made a good save on a shot by Brian Whiston, but Abbott was there to pounce on the rebound for the game's first goal.

Bates (2-4, 0-4 NESCAC) evened the score with 25:47 left in the second half, as junior John Murphy's (Yarmouth, Maine) free kick was ripped toward the top left corner of the Continentals' goal. Hamilton goalie Eric Boole got a hand on it, but not enough to prevent Murphy's fifth goal of the season.

Murphy was a major threat throughout the game, taking nine of Bates' 19 shots in the game, nearly all of which were on target. Boole and Watts both made eight saves in the game, as Bates outshot Hamilton by a 19-14 margin.

The physical contest featured three yellow cards and 30 fouls.

Bates will play host to Bowdoin in another NESCAC contest on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The game can be followed online via live video webcast and by live stats.

Stats: Hamilton 2, Bates 1