The nationally ranked No. 16 Hamilton College field hockey team was defeated 4-0 by No. 1 Middlebury College at Hamilton's Goodfriend Field on Sunday afternoon. The setback marks the Continentals' (4-1, 2-1 NESCAC) first loss of the season.
Middlebury (5-0, 3-0) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half with goals from Grace Jennings, Meg Fearey and Molly Freeman. Jennings' eventual game winner came unassisted in the 10th minute as she raced into Hamilton's end, split the defenders, spun around and fired a low shot inside the opposite corner of the cage. Emma Johns assisted on the Panthers' third goal and scored the final goal with exactly 31:00 remaining in the contest with an assist from Erin Nicholas.
Julia Booth '19 made seven saves for the Continentals, including five in the first half alone. Sarah Kane '19 was credited with a defensive save during a Middlebury penalty corner in the seventh minute to keep the contest scoreless.
Megan Collins made a season-high four saves for the Panthers en route to her second shutout of the season.
Hamilton hosts Connecticut College on Saturday, Sept. 22 for a noon NESCAC game at Goodfriend Field.