Field hockey defeats Conn. College for third straight win

Maura Holden '23 (Josh McKee photo)
Maura Holden '23 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Maura Holden '23 scored two goals and the Continentals breezed to a 3-1 NESCAC win against the Connecticut College Camels at Conn. College's Silfen Field on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (7-7, 4-6 NESCAC) won its third straight game and the Continentals have four victories in their last five. Hamilton is in seventh place in the conference standings and has clinched a spot in the 2019 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship quarterfinals. The Continentals have finished their conference schedule while the other 10 teams in the NESCAC play one more conference game this week before the championship field is set.

Holden is tied for second on the team with six goals and tied for third with 14 points but this was her first multi-goal game at Hamilton. Maggie Reville '22 made four stops and Keeley Duran '22 was credited with a defensive save. Reville is second in the NESCAC with 106 saves and an .803 save percentage.

The Continentals grabbed a 1-0 lead with 7:27 left in the first quarter on one of their 13 penalty corners. Sarah Pierpont '21 inserted the ball to Lizzie Clarke '20 and her blast was redirected by Holden. Clarke is second in the conference with eight assists.

Conn. College (2-12, 0-9) had an excellent chance to tie the score early in the second quarter but Reville turned away a penalty stroke by Sophie Pollinger. Hamilton did everything it could to put the Camels away later in the quarter. Maddie Beitler '21 passed to Tracey Stafford '23 who finished a give-and-go play with a backhanded shot into the cage for her fifth goal with 7:34 remaining. Beitler is tied for the team lead with 17 points.

The Continentals made it 3-0 on another goal by Holden 72 seconds after Stafford's tally. After a corner, Anna Villamil '22 sent a short pass to Holden and she slid a shot through a scrum in front of the cage and over the goal line. Villamil has an assist in each of the last two games.

Conn. College was awarded four of its nine corners in the final four minutes of the half, and Duran came up with her defensive save with 1:49 to go. The Camels continued to put pressure on early in the third quarter and they were rewarded with Caroline Ferro's goal with 7:44 left.

Hamilton's defense clamped down in the fourth quarter as Conn. College mustered just one shot and no corners. Andi McGraw made five of her eight saves in the final 15 minutes for the Camels.

The Continentals wrap up their regular season with a home contest against University of Rochester at Goodfriend Field on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.