Hamilton takes on Trinity in big NESCAC showdown Saturday

Nora Klemmer '17 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Nora Klemmer '17 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

The Hamilton College women's lacrosse team travels to Hartford, Conn., for an important NESCAC game against Trinity College on Saturday, April 22 at noon.

The nationally ranked No. 11 Continentals (10-4, 7-2 NESCAC) have won four straight and nine of their last 10 going into the regular season finale. Hamilton is in third place in the conference standings -- just one-half game behind Trinity and Middlebury College. The top four finishers host a quarterfinal in the 2017 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship on Saturday, April 29.

The No. 6 Bantams (11-2, 7-1) are tied for first place in the standings with the Panthers. Trinity was edged by Middlebury 10-9 in double overtime at home on April 15, and the Bantams haven't played since.

The Continentals clipped No. 12 Ithaca College 13-12 in non-conference action on the road Wednesday. Hamilton is 4-2 against ranked teams this year. Darby Philbrick '18 scored a career-high five goals including the game-winner with 3:11 left. The Continentals score 9.93 goals per game and have a 7.29 team goals against average. Hamilton leads the NESCAC with a 6.67 goals against average in nine conference games.

Philbrick leads the team with 26 goals and 30 draw controls and has recorded five consecutive multi-goal games. Morgan Fletcher '17 tops the Continentals with 13 assists and 35 points. Fletcher has 22 goals and Kara Pooley '19 adds 20. Nora Klemmer '17 has 31 points on 19 goals and 12 assists, and Jackie Cuddy '18 and Casey File '17 have notched 18 goals apiece. Hannah Burrall '19 (7.58 GAA, .450 save pct.) has started 13 games and played 570 minutes in goal. Hannah Rubin '17 (6.83 GAA, .442 save pct.) has played in nine contests and logged nearly 255 minutes.

Trinity scores 10.92 goals per game and boasts a 7.02 team goals against average. The Bantams' .544 save percentage leads the NESCAC.

Clare Lyne is fourth in the conference with 15 assists and 46 points and is sixth with 31 goals. Kiley Coffey adds 27 goals, Abby McInerney has 24 and Allie Barrett has found the back of the net 19 times. Karly Simpson has 23 points on 12 goals and 11 assists. Zoe Ferguson (6.94 GAA, .557 save pct.) has started all 13 games and played all but 51 minutes in goal this year.