Goals by Revera '18, Bradley '19 in No. 11 field hockey loss

Margaret Revera '18 (Josh McKee photo)
Margaret Revera '18 (Josh McKee photo)

Williams College's Libby Dolan scored two goals and the nationally ranked No. 10 Ephs edged the 11th-ranked Hamilton College Continentals 3-2 in NESCAC field hockey action at Williams' Williamson Field on Wednesday.

All five of Hamilton's losses have been by a goal and four of the five setbacks have come against teams ranked in the top 20. The Continentals (7-5, 4-4 NESCAC) are in a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference standings with two games left. The top four teams host a NESCAC championship quarterfinal on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The Ephs (9-2, 5-2) won their fifth straight and have outscored opponents 18-6 during the streak. Williams is in third place with three conference games remaining.

Neither team scored during the opening 29 minutes but there were three goals in the final six minutes of the first half. Margaret Revera '18 gave Hamilton a 1-0 advantage with 5:51 left on her second goal this year and 10th of her career with the Continentals. She's fifth on the team with eight points. Liz Wagenbach '18 was credited with her fifth assist this season and her ninth at Hamilton.

Dolan tied the score on an assist from Alex Bennett with 3:02 remaining but Tatiana Bradley '19 gave the lead back to the Continentals with 1:20 to go. Bradley's unassisted tally was her fourth goal this year and the 11th of her Hamilton career. She's second on the team with 14 points.

The Continentals dominated the first half with an 8-4 shot advantage and 10-0 bulge in penalty corners. The second half was a different story as the Ephs rallied late for the victory.

Meredith Wright drew Williams even for a second time with 13:54 left and Julia Cochran passed to Dolan for the game-winner with 6:36 remaining. Hamilton called timeout right after Dolan's second goal and replaced goalie Julia Booth '19 (six saves) with an extra field player. A shot by Michaela Giuttari '20 was turned away by Abby Lloyd with a little more than five minutes to go but it ended up being the last shot of the night for the Continentals.

The Ephs controlled the final 35 minutes with a 10-2 shot advantage and 5-0 cushion in corners. Lloyd and starting goalie Emma Santucci made one save apiece.

Hamilton travels to No. 17 Bowdoin College for another NESCAC game on Saturday, Oct. 14 at noon.