Women's lacrosse starts 2019 season at home against Tufts

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

The Hamilton College Continentals make their season debut on Saturday, March 2 at home on Steuben Field against nationally ranked No. 11 Tufts University.

The NESCAC contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Tufts will be playing its first game this season as well.

Hamilton also hosts conference games with Bowdoin (March 16), Bates (March 30), Middlebury (April 14) and Wesleyan (April 20). The Continentals take on St. Lawrence University in Florida during spring break on Thursday, March 21.

Kara Pooley '19 leads Hamilton into 2019. The midfielder is a two-time all-region honoree and was on the all-NESCAC team as a sophomore in 2017. Pooley led the Continentals with 33 points on 25 goals and eight assists last year. She added 48 draw controls, 29 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. Tessa Ryan '21 (10 goals, 21 GB, 17 CT in 2018), Courtney Pierre '21 (nine goals, 12 points, 20 GB) and Charlotte Wynn '20 (six points, 12 GB) also return in the midfield. Savannah Ryan '21 (five points) is back as well but is out with an injury at the start of the season.

Skyler Simson '20 leads a quartet of returning attackers into this season. Simson was third on the team with 19 goals and won 34 draws in 2018. Honor Gabriel '21 posted 13 points on eight goals and five assists, Tatiana Bradley '19 chipped in seven goals and an assist in just 11 games, and Julia Rowland '21 scored three goals in her first year.

Hamilton was third in the conference with 203 caused turnovers in 2018 and several defenders return. Emma Knoll '20 boasted 21 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers last year, and Gabby O'Brien '19 caused 13 turnovers. Sarah Kaiser '19 (24 GB, eight CT), Alyssa Bonanno '21 (eight CT), Maya Cote '19, Sophie Cote '21 and Meaghan Parlee '21 all saw action in 2018. TT Fletcher '20 recorded 26 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers in 12 games but starts this season on the sideline with an injury.

Hannah Burrall '19 is the only goalkeeper with previous experience. Burrall started all 16 games last year and finished fourth in the NESCAC with 134 saves. She is a three-year starter with 286 career saves and she made the all-region team as a sophomore in 2017. Megan O'Hara '21 and Maggie Reville '22 will challenge Burrall for playing time in goal.

Head coach Patty Kloidt has 192 wins with the Continentals as she enters her 17th year with the program. Kloidt guided the team to a national title in 2008, the NCAA Division III championship final in 2010 and the national semifinals in 2009. She has led Hamilton to seven NCAA appearances -- most recently in 2017.

The Continentals were ranked 12th in last year's preseason coaches poll and were still 25th in the April 2 rankings. Hamilton defeated Colby, Bates and Connecticut College in the regular season and advanced to the conference championship quarterfinals. The Continentals will miss three-time all-region pick and 2017 all-NESCAC selection Darby Philbrick '18. The midfielder finished her career with 97 goals, 117 points, 154 draw controls, more than 80 ground balls and more than 50 caused turnovers.