Field hockey records fourth shutout in 4-0 win over Utica

Lizzie Clarke '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Lizzie Clarke '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Lizzie Clarke '20 boasted a season-high five points on two goals and an assist and the Continentals cruised to a 4-0 non-conference win against the Utica College Pioneers at Hamilton's Goodfriend Field on Wednesday.

The Continentals (6-7 overall) have won three of their last four with a 3-2 setback to then-nationally ranked No. 7 Tufts University the lone blemish during that stretch. Hamilton aims to continue its run at NESCAC rival Connecticut College, which is 0-8 in the conference and 2-11 overall, on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Continentals have outscored Utica 25-4 during their current five-game win streak against the Pioneers.

Clarke is second in the NESCAC with seven assists and has 13 points this season. Hamilton dominated the action as the Continentals owned a 15-2 shot advantage and were awarded seven penalty corners to Utica's one.

Tracey Stafford '23 scored twice and enjoyed the first multi-goal game of her Hamilton career. Maggie Reville '22 and Emlyn Harris '23 combined on the Continentals' fourth shutout this year. Reville needed to make just one save and Harris relieved her with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter. Reville is second in the conference with 102 saves and third with an .803 save percentage.

Stafford put Hamilton on the scoreboard with 1:44 left in the first quarter. Clarke hammered the ball towards the cage from about 20 yards out following a restart and Stafford, who was positioned just to the left of the penalty stroke dot, tipped it past Megan Chamberlain (seven saves).

Clarke made it 2-0 with 11:41 remaining in the second quarter. Maura Holden '23 inserted the ball on a penalty corner from Chamberlain's left to Clarke who controlled the pass and crushed a shot into the back of the cage. The Continentals took a 2-0 lead into the break.

It remained a two-goal game until 8:41 to go in the fourth quarter. Michaela Giuttari '20 carried the ball into the arc on a breakaway opportunity and flicked a centering pass to Stafford, who deftly redirected the ball into the cage for her fourth goal. Giuttari leads Hamilton with 17 points and moved into fourth place on the program's all-time list with 23 career assists.

The Continentals rounded out the scoring 89 seconds later on a penalty corner. Anna Villamil '22 inserted the ball to Clarke and she smashed a shot that banged off the back of the cage for her third goal. Villamil's assist was the first of her Hamilton career.

The best scoring chance for the Pioneers (6-9) came early in the third quarter. Joanna Gaertner redirected a centering pass from point-blank range but Reville stood her ground and stopped the shot for a spectacular save.