No. 24 women's lacrosse rides big second half to NESCAC win

Kara Pooley '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Kara Pooley '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Kara Pooley '19 recorded a career-high five goals and added an assist as the nationally ranked No. 24 Continentals battled back from an early deficit and topped the Connecticut College Camels 19-9 in NESCAC action at Conn. College's Freeman Field on Saturday afternoon.

The last time Hamilton (5-6, 2-6 NESCAC) scored that many goals in one game was a 20-6 victory against the Camels nearly three years ago on April 16, 2016. The Continentals scored on half of their 14 free-position shots.

Pooley added four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Olivia Seymour '22 scored three goals and won three draws, and Tatiana Bradley '19 tied a career high with three goals. Bradley has tallied three goals in four of the last six games and leads the team with 18. Pooley is tied for the conference lead with 19 assists and tops the Continentals with 36 points.

Hamilton fired off a total of 38 shots and received goals from nine players. Honor Gabriel '21 and Skyler Simson '20 contributed two goals apiece, and Charlotte Wynn '20, Eva Abel '22, Tessa Ryan '21 and Lauren Hamilton '22 each had one. The Continentals also received outstanding goaltending from Hannah Burrall '19, who made eight of her 10 saves in the second half. Emma Knoll '20 scooped up five ground balls and caused three turnovers, and Ryan recorded four draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Conn. College (3-10, 0-9) was paced by Jamie Navoni and her three goals on seven shots, two assists, 12 out of the 19 draw controls won by the Camels, two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Meghan Corcoran scored three times and Kelly Wolin notched one goal and two assists. Nina Fazio stopped eight shots.

Hamilton wasted no timing coming out of the break, scoring twice in the opening 95 seconds and taking a 9-6 lead. The Continentals ended up scoring 12 goals in the period. Pooley made it 10-6 with 23:38 left and Navoni countered 42 seconds later. Hamilton ran off the next four goals for a 14-7 cushion with 14:36 remaining as Gabriel capped the spurt with two goals. Navoni pulled Conn. College within six goals with 11:51 to go but the Continentals clinched the victory with a five-goal run. Simson started the run with two goals 46 seconds apart and Seymour activated the running clock with 4:26 left when she scored her 10th goal and made it 18-8.

The Continentals fell behind 5-1 in the first nine-plus minutes on two goals by Corcoran and one each by Wollin, Julia Loesch and Navoni. Hamilton allowed just one goal in the remaining 20 minutes and held a 7-6 edge at halftime. Bradley started the run with a pair of tallies, Ryan found the back of the net on a free-position shot, and Pooley completed the spurt with three goals. Pooley's unassisted goal with 52 seconds remaining put the Continentals in front for good.

Hamilton travels home to face the No. 3 Middlebury College Panthers (11-1, 6-1) on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. on Steuben Field.

-- Release by Julia Booth '19