No. 9 field hockey breezes to non-conference win at Morrisville

Michaela Giuttari '20 scored four goals Wednesday night at Morrisville State College (Josh McKee photo).
Michaela Giuttari '20 scored four goals Wednesday night at Morrisville State College (Josh McKee photo).

Hamilton College's Michaela Giuttari '20 scored a career-high four goals and the nationally ranked No. 9 Continentals cruised to a 9-0 non-conference win against the Morrisville State College Mustangs at Morrisville's Drake Field on Wednesday night.

The nine goals are the most scored by Hamilton since a 10-1 victory against these same Mustangs on Sept. 23, 2014. The Continentals are 7-0 with four shutouts all-time against Morrisville.

Giuttari leads the NESCAC with 15 goals and 31 points. She is already fourth on the program's all-time list with 29 goals and 67 points.

Katie Guzzetta '18 scored the second and third goals of her Hamilton career and Maddie Beitler '21 picked up her fourth goal and first assist this year. Margaret Revera '18 was credited with a pair of assists and has four in 2017. Julia Booth '19 started in goal and was relieved by Olivia Northrop '20 with about 16 minutes to go. The duo didn't have to make a save as they helped the Continentals claim their second shutout in the last five days.

Hamilton (7-3 overall) enjoyed a commanding 35-0 shot advantage and was awarded 24 penalty corners to just one for the Mustangs, but the Continentals didn't score until 14:47 into the first half. Giuttari scored on a one-timer from the left side off a pass from Aly Skelly '18 during a penalty corner situation.

Giuttari made it 2-0 on a shot from the left cross to the right corner with 10:03 left in the half. Lizzie Clarke '20 gave Hamilton a three-goal cushion with 3:19 remaining in the half. Clarke's shot off a penalty corner was blocked but the ball popped over to Revera, who passed it back to Clarke and she buried the second chance. The Continentals led 3-0 at the break.

Hamilton scored its fourth goal 5:34 into the second half. A pass by Tatiana Bradley '19 from the middle to the left side found Giuttari and her shot beat Emma Gottung (14 saves). Bradley is tied for second in the conference with six assists.

Giuttari made it a five-goal advantage with 22:11 to go when her shot fake pulled the goalie out of position and she scored into the right corner. Guzzetta notched the sixth goal with 16:12 left as Revera inserted a penalty corner directly to her at the top of the circle and she unloaded a blast into the back of the cage.

Beitler got into the act with 9:48 remaining. Anna Scutt '20 passed to Beitler and she swept a backhand shot from the left side into the right corner of the cage. The Continentals scored again 4:35 later when Eleni Neyland '18 inserted a corner directly to Guzzetta positioned in the right corner and she tallied her second of the night. Sammy Johnson '20 capped the scoring just 95 seconds later with her second goal at Hamilton. Beitler passed the ball up through the middle of the circle to Johnson and she capitalized on her excellent scoring chance.

The Continentals host No. 8 Amherst College in a key NESCAC contest on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m.