Defense leads the way for No. 13 women's lacrosse in win

Kara Pooley '19 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Kara Pooley '19 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

Nationally ranked No. 13 Hamilton College allowed just two goals on 11 shots and the Continentals cruised to a 12-2 NESCAC win against the Connecticut College Camels at Connecticut College's Freeman Field on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (9-4, 7-2 NESCAC) won for the eighth time in its last nine games. The Continentals have posted nine straight victories against the Camels. Hamilton is alone in third place in the conference standings and is just one-half game behind Middlebury College and Trinity College, both of whom have 7-1 NESCAC records.

The Continentals held a 25-11 advantage in shots and won 14 draw controls to just two for Connecticut College. The Camels were successful on just 7 of 17 clear attempts. Hamilton leads the NESCAC with a 6.67 team goals against average in conference games.

Kara Pooley '19 helped lead Hamilton with three goals and four draw controls. Nora Klemmer '17 chipped in three goals and Darby Philbrick '18 and Morgan Fletcher '17 scored two goals apiece. Fletcher has a team-high 31 points and Philbrick tops the squad with 21 goals. Alex Hendry '19 was credited with a pair of assists. Maddie Fitzpatrick '18 led the defense with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Hannah Burrall '19 started in goal, caused two turnovers and made two saves. Hannah Rubin '17 relieved Burrall at the break and stopped one shot in the second half.

Jamie Navoni and Tina Balzotti scored Connecticut College's goals and Lacey Hale and Hannah Donegan picked up the assists. Jackie Cooney scooped up a game-high five ground balls and Erin Martin collected three. Meg Raskin turned away nine shots. The Camels (1-10, 0-8) lost their fifth straight game.

The Continentals scored the game's first seven goals and were never challenged after that. Fletcher, Klemmer and Pooley scored two goals each during the run. Philbrick made it 6-0 with 19:40 left and Pooley gave Hamilton a seven-goal cushion with 16:35 remaining.

Balzotti finally broke the ice for Connecticut College on her 30th goal with 8:35 to go in the half. Philbrick restored the Continentals' seven-goal advantage with 7 seconds left and Hamilton went into the break with a commanding 8-1 lead. Navoni scored the Camels' last goal with 22:40 remaining in the second half. The Continentals received four goals from four different players in the second half. Pooley made it 9-2 with 20:56 to go on a nice feed by Hendry from behind the goal.

Hamilton is back on the road at Ithaca College for a non-conference game on Wednesday, April 19 at 5 p.m.