Women's lacrosse wins, clinches share of 1st place in NESCAC

Casey File '17 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Casey File '17 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

Hamilton College scored the first three goals and led the entire way as the Continentals posted a 7-6 NESCAC win against the Trinity College Bantams at Trinity's Robin Sheppard Field on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (11-4, 8-2 NESCAC) extended its win streak to five games and the Continentals have won 10 of their last 11. Hamilton has clinched at least a share of first place in the NESCAC regular season standings. Trinity (11-3, 7-2), Middlebury College and Colby College are all 7-2 in the conference and can tie the Continentals with a win on Wednesday, April 26. If all three lose on Wednesday, then Hamilton will be the No. 1 seed for the 2017 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship. The Continentals will host a championship quarterfinal no matter what happens on Wednesday.

Saturday's game was the regular season finale for Hamilton. The Continentals posted their first win against the Bantams in Hartford and it was Hamilton's first victory against Trinity since March 2008 in Florida.

Casey File '17 and Morgan Fletcher '17 scored two goals apiece for the Continentals, and Fletcher added an assist. Darby Philbrick '18 chipped in a goal, an assist and three draw controls. Fletcher leads the team with 14 assists and 38 points and Philbrick has a team-best 27 goals and 33 draw controls. Hannah Burrall '19 started in goal and made three saves. Hannah Rubin '17 came in for Burrall at the start of the second half and stopped four shots.

Clare Lyne paced the Bantams' offense with three goals and an assist. Kiley Coffey scored twice and Abby McInerney had the other goal. Kathryn DeLillio scooped up three ground balls and caused three turnovers and Nicole Stauffer also picked up three ground balls. Zoe Ferguson came up with four stops in goal.

Alex Hendry '19 gave Hamilton a 7-4 lead on her ninth goal with 12:30 left in the second half when Fletcher found her in front of the net. McInerney scored with 2:54 remaining while the Continentals were down a player thanks to a red card, and Lyne pulled Trinity within one on a free-position goal 32 seconds later.

Stauffer won the ensuing draw for the Bantams and they put the pressure on Hamilton down the stretch as two Continentals were sent off with yellow cards with 96 seconds and again with 47 seconds to go. Trinity took three shots, including one by Coffey that was saved by Rubin with about 25 seconds left, and collected two ground balls in the final 40 seconds. Finally, the Bantams committed a turnover and Hamilton ran out the final 10 seconds.

Fletcher scored the game's first two goals and Kara Pooley '19 gave the Continentals a 3-0 advantage on her 21st goal with 16:50 remaining. Lyne put Trinity on the scoreboard 1:15 later but Philbrick found File and she restored Hamilton's three-goal cushion with 11:04 to go. Coffey converted a free-position shot with 5:16 left and the Continentals took a 4-2 lead into the break.

Lyne made it 4-3 on her second goal of the day with 25:38 remaining before Philbrick put Hamilton back up by two on a free-position goal with 21:08 to go. Coffey cut the Bantams' deficit to one again with 17:07 left, only to watch File make it 6-4 with her 20th goal on an assist from Skyler Simson '20 just 1:12 later.