Women's lacrosse aims to continue hot streak on Saturday

Morgan Fletcher '17 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Morgan Fletcher '17 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

The nationally ranked No. 13 Hamilton College women's lacrosse team travels to New London, Conn., to take on Connecticut College in a NESCAC game on Saturday, April 15 at noon.

The Continentals (8-4, 6-2 NESCAC) are going for their third straight win and eighth in their last nine. Hamilton is alone in third place in the conference standings with two NESCAC games remaining. The top four teams in the standings at the end of the regular season will host a 2017 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship quarterfinal. The Continentals hosted a quarterfinal in 2015.

Hamilton has won its last eight games against Connecticut College. The Camels' last victory against the Continentals was back in 1999.

Hamilton scores 9.5 goals per game and has a 7.33 team goals against average. The Continentals' 7.25 goals against average in conference games is second-best in the NESCAC. Hamilton is also second in the conference with 120 caused turnovers. The Continentals are coming off an 11-10 win at Williams College where Hamilton erased a five-goal deficit in the second half.

Morgan Fletcher '17 leads the Continentals with 29 points and is tied with Nora Klemmer '17 for the team lead with 11 assists. Fletcher is No. 1 in the NESCAC with 23 caused turnovers and is fourth with 28 ground balls. Klemmer has 26 points and Kara Pooley '19 (14g, 10a) has 24. Darby Philbrick '18 tops the team with 19 goals, Jackie Cuddy '18 has 17 and Casey File '17 has 16. Six Hamilton players have notched between 14 and 19 goals this year. Philbrick has won 27 draw controls. Hannah Burrall '19 (7.53 GAA, .462 save pct.) has started in goal for 11 of the Continentals' 12 games and Hannah Rubin '17 (7.08 GAA, .477 save pct.) has played nearly 195 minutes in seven contests.

Connecticut College (1-9, 0-7) has lost four in a row since its only win this year -- a 10-9 decision at Eastern Connecticut State University. The Camels fell 13-2 against Amherst College on Tuesday. Connecticut College scores 7.80 goals per game and is last in the conference with a 14.60 team goals against average. The Camels' head coach is Liz Longley '07, who was an all-American women's lacrosse player at Hamilton.

Tina Balzotti is fourth in the NESCAC with 29 goals and Jamie Navoni has scored 17. Navoni is sixth in the conference with 27 ground balls and leads the team with nine caused turnovers. Julia Loesch is third in the conference with 14 assists and Madison Barker is fourth with 37 draw controls. Meg Raskin (15.00 GAA, .348 save pct.) has started seven times and played in all 10 games in goal. Megan Mullin (14.00 GAA, .417 save pct.) has three starts and played in eight contests.