Another thrilling one-goal win for No. 11 women's lacrosse

Darby Philbrick '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Darby Philbrick '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

Hamilton College's Darby Philbrick '18 scored the go-ahead goal with 3:11 left and lifted the Continentals to a 13-12 non-conference win against the Ithaca College Bombers at Ithaca's Higgins Stadium on Wednesday.

This game was a clash between nationally ranked opponents as Hamilton came in at No. 11 and the Bombers are one spot behind at No. 12.

The Continentals (10-4 overall) have won four in a row and nine of their last 10. Hamilton handed Ithaca its first home loss in eight games this year, and the Continentals have four wins in their last five games against the Bombers.

Philbrick finished with a career-high five goals and won three draw controls. She also scored the game-winner in the final seconds of the 11-10 victory at Williams College on April 11. Philbrick leads the team with 26 goals and 30 draws, and she has recorded five straight multi-goal games.

Morgan Fletcher '17 chipped in two goals and two assists for Hamilton. Fletcher tops the team with 13 assists and 35 points. Kara Pooley '19 notched three goals and Alex Hendry '19 and Nora Klemmer '17 added a goal and an assist apiece. Casey File '17 scored her 18th goal and won three draws as the Continentals held a 14-13 edge in draw controls. Hannah Burrall '19 started in goal and made two saves in the first half. Hannah Rubin '17 replaced Burrall at halftime and stopped one shot in the final 30 minutes.

Ally Runyon paced Ithaca (11-3) with five goals and an assist. Runyon leads the team with 55 goals and 66 points. Gaby Berne and Morgan Cadwell finished with two goals apiece and Morgan Racicot picked up three assists. Molly Long won three draws and Elizabeth Sauer caused three turnovers. Kimberly Presuto turned away seven shots and played all 60 minutes in goal.

Philbrick tallied the deciding goal just 42 seconds after the Bombers had tied the score. Hendry won the ensuing draw and, after a couple of fouls on Ithaca, Philbrick buried her free-position shot.

Reid Simoncini won the last draw for the Bombers and a Hamilton player was sent off with a yellow card with 3:03 remaining. Ithaca dominated the action the rest of the way with one shot that sailed wide and two more that hit the post. The Bombers finally turned the ball over with about a minute to go and the Continentals were able to run out the remainder of the clock.

Ithaca scored the first three goals and led 3-0 with 21:11 left. The Bombers held the lead for most of the first half. Pooley scored Hamilton's first goal with 17:37 remaining. Philbrick and Pooley accounted for the Continentals' first four goals as both scored twice. Pooley pulled Hamilton within a goal at 5-4 with 10:45 to go. After a free-position goal by Runyon, Klemmer notched her 19th and then fed File for her goal that tied the score at 6-6 with 6:16 left. Berne put Ithaca back in front with 4:11 remaining only to watch Fletcher tie the score 30 seconds later, and Philbrick gave the Continentals their first lead at 8-7 with 2:39 to go. Hamilton held that one-goal lead at the break.

The Bombers didn't lead again although they tied the score three times in the second half. Cadwell made it 8-8 just 56 seconds into the second half but the Continentals went back up 14 seconds later on a goal by Fletcher and Pooley extended the lead to two goals with 27:43 left. Cadwell cut Ithaca's deficit in half 53 seconds later and Bailey Herr drew the Bombers even with 25:03 remaining while a Hamilton player was out with a yellow card. Racicot assisted on both goals.

The Continentals responded with goals by Philbrick and Hendry for a 12-10 advantage with 15:55 to go. Once again, Ithaca recovered to knot the score, this time on two goals by Runyon. The tying goal was scored with 3:53 left. That set the stage for Philbrick's winner.

Hamilton wraps up its regular season with a big NESCAC game at No. 6 Trinity College on Saturday, April 22 at noon.