Cuddy ’18, Ryan ’21 score 3 goals in women’s lacrosse NESCAC win

Tessa Ryan ’21 scored a season-high three goals against Conn. College (Josh McKee photo).
Tessa Ryan ’21 scored a season-high three goals against Conn. College (Josh McKee photo).

The Hamilton College Continentals scored eight goals in the first half and defeated the Connecticut College Camels 13-8 at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Saturday afternoon.

Jackie Cuddy '18 and Tessa Ryan '21 both scored three goals to lead the Continentals (5-7, 3-5 NESCAC). Honor Gabriel '21 had one goal and two assists, and Skyler Simson '20 scored two goals. Darby Philbrick '18 was all over the field as she tallied one goal, one assist, six draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Tatiana Bradley '19, Kara Pooley '19 and Savannah Ryan '21 scored one goal apiece, and Pooley added six draw controls and two caused turnovers.

TT Fletcher '20 and Gabby O'Brien '19 guided the defensive unit as they both recorded career-bests with four and three caused turnovers, respectively. Hannah Burrall '19 stopped seven of the 11 shots fired her way through 47-plus minutes in goal. Eleni Neyland '18 finished in net for Hamilton and made one save.

Conn. College (3-10, 0-9) was paced by four goals and one assist from Jamie Navoni. The junior midfielder ranks third in the NESCAC with 40 goals and she is fourth with 45 points. Navoni also won five of the Camels' seven draw controls, a category she leads the conference in with 78 on the season. Kirby Heffrin scored two goals, and Julia Loesch had one goal and one assist. Erin Martin and Jackie Cooney both caused three turnovers, and Cooney scooped up five ground balls. Megan Mullin finished the game with 12 saves in net.

Navoni passed to Heffrin less than one minute after the opening draw to give the Camels the early lead at 29:12, but Hamilton's Philbrick scored the 90th goal of her career with 27:42 left in the first half to tie the score. The Continentals' captain caused the turnover on a Camels' clear attempt, sprinted into the offensive zone, split the defenders, and fired the ball into the upper-left corner of the net.

The Camels took their second and final lead on an unassisted goal by Navoni at the 24:28 mark before the Continentals took control with three straight goals by Cuddy at 22:08, Bradley at 16:32 and Cuddy again at 15:36 to build a 4-2 lead. Heffrin scored her second of the afternoon for Conn. College to stop Hamilton's streak with 11:58 left in the half, but the Continentals responded with four unanswered goals and entered halftime with an 8-3 advantage.

Cuddy extended Hamilton's lead to 9-3 with 18:21 left in the second half and following two goals by the Camels, Tessa Ryan notched her second of the game at 10:43. Simson connected on a free-position goal at 8:14 to make the score 11-5, but the Camels refused to leave Steuben Field quietly as they scored three unanswered to get within three goals at 11-8 with 3:43 remaining. Hamilton regrouped after a timeout and closed the game with two goals scored 12 seconds apart by Tessa Ryan at 2:17 and Pooley at 2:05 to ensure the victory.

Hamilton enjoyed a 35-21 shot advantage and controlled the draw 16-7. The Continentals caused 19 turnovers and scored on 4 of 7 free-position shots, while Burrall and Neyland contained the Camels to just one free-position goal in five chances.

The Continentals are on the road next weekend for two NESCAC games. Hamilton faces Wesleyan University on Saturday, April 21 at noon and Middlebury College on Sunday at 1 p.m.