Kane ’19 races No. 14 Hamilton to a thrilling overtime NESCAC win

Sarah Kane '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Sarah Kane '19 (Josh McKee photo)
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Defender Sarah Kane '19 made the run of her Hamilton College career in the second minute of the second sudden-victory overtime to help lift the nationally ranked No. 14 Continentals to a 3-2 triumph over the No. 16 Williams College Ephs at Goodfriend Field on Tuesday night.

Kane blocked an Ephs shot, gathered the loose ball, raced the entire length of the field, deked around a defender and as she fell to the turf managed to backhand the ball towards the front of the goal. The ball bounced off the defenders and Michaela Giuttari '20 was there to fire the ball into the back of the cage at 81:56.

With the victory, Hamilton (10-2, 6-2 NESCAC) moves up from fourth to third place in the conference standings. Williams, the previous owner of third place, is now tied for fifth with No. 9 Bowdoin College. Bowdoin visits Goodfriend Field this Saturday, Oct. 13 at noon.

Williams (6-3, 4-2) scored the first goal of the game off a penalty corner at 10:08 in the first half. Emma Ticknor inserted the ball to Sarah McLaughlin. McLaughlin fired a shot towards the goal and Ticknor redirected the ball past Hamilton's Julia Booth '19 (15 saves).

Sarah Stinebaugh '19 scored the equalizer less than five minutes later to tie the score at 1-all going into the half. On the penalty corner opportunity, Tatiana Bradley '19 inserted the ball in from the left to Keeley Duran '22 on the near side of the arc. Duran absolutely ripped the ball between the legs of Emma Santucci and Stinebaugh tapped the ball into the net.

The Ephs replaced Emma Santucci (six saves) in goal with Abby Lloyd (five saves) at the beginning of the second half.

Lloyd managed to tally two saves before Sarah Pierpont '21 notched her third goal of the season at 51:50. Just as Hamilton's first goal, Bradley pushed the ball in from the corner to Duran. Lloyd stopped the initial shot from Duran, but Pierpont one-timed the rebound for a 2-1 Continentals lead.   

Molly Lohss tied the score again during a penalty corner with 9:47 remaining in the second half. Meredith Wright sent a short pass to Lohss on the right side of the goal and Lohss tapped the bouncing ball over Booth's shoulder and inside the far post.

The Ephs had a chance to win with three minutes remaining in the first overtime period when they were rewarded back-to-back penalty corners. On the second corner, Isabel Perry pushed the ball in to Wright. Wright passed to Claire Fitzpatrick at the penalty hash and as she turned for an open shot on goal, Booth was there for a sliding save.