No. 18 field hockey eases past Rensselaer in season opener

Sarah Pierpont '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Sarah Pierpont '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Sarah Pierpont '21 scored two goals and added an assist in a 7-0 non-conference victory for the 18th-ranked Continentals against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hamilton's Goodfriend Field on Wednesday evening.

The Continentals were playing their season opener and are back at home on Saturday, Sept. 7 with a NESCAC game against Bates College at 11 a.m. Hamilton has outscored the Engineers 20-2 in winning the last three meetings.

RPI (0-3 overall) was shut out for the first time this season. The Engineers were facing their second straight nationally ranked opponent.

Pierpont's five-point night was the second of her career. She also had two goals and an assist against Bates in her second collegiate game back in 2017.

Michaela Giuttari '20 chipped in a goal and two assists for the Continentals. Giuttari moved past Eva Rosencrans '17 and into second place on the program's career list with 118 points, and she is now in fifth place with 20 career helpers.

Kathryn Craine '21, Ellie Arnold '22 and Cat Donahue '21 scored their first career goals, and Maddie Beitler '21 also found the back of the net for Hamilton. Lizzie Clarke '20 was credited with her 13th career assist. Maggie Reville '22 made her first collegiate start in goal and combined with Emlyn Harris '23 on the shutout. Reville played the first 54 minutes and neither goalie needed to make a save.

Jen Richardson made seven stops for RPI. The Engineers' best scoring chance came early in the fourth quarter when Charlotte Avra hit the left post with a one-handed shot as she fell to the turf.

The Continentals grabbed a 1-0 lead 5:34 into the first quarter when Giuttari tipped a shot out of midair by Clarke. Giuttari found Beitler for a 2-0 advantage with 1:16 left in the first and Donahue made it a three-goal cushion on a blast off a penalty corner inserted by Pierpont with 10:00 remaining in the second quarter.

Craine made it 4-0 just more than two minutes later after a shot by Donahue was blocked and she cleaned up the rebound. Pierpont increased the lead to five goals with 5:57 to go in the half on a nice feed from Giuttari. Pierpont scored again 2:36 into the third quarter after her initial shot was stopped by Richardson. Arnold closed out the scoring with 48 seconds left in the fourth after Richardson deflected a shot by Tracey Stafford '23.