Hamilton College scored three goals in the first half and the Continentals went on to post a 4-0 non-conference win over the SUNY Oswego Lakers at Hamilton's Love Field on Tuesday afternoon. The win was the 150th for head coach Colette Gilligan (150-87-35) in her 18th year at Hamilton College.
Four players scored for Hamilton (2-1-0 overall) and each goal had at least one assist. The Continentals' unselfish play has them ranked ninth in Division III with an average of 3.50 assists per game. Additionally, Hamilton ranks 20th in scoring offense with an average of 4.00 goals per game. Senior defender Kristin Hughes '20 leads the attack with 1.50 assists per game, ranking her second in the nation.
Oswego's (1-4-0) best chance to score was in the 84th minute when Jackie Vigliotti rocketed a low shot from the top corner of the penalty box, but Rachel Pike '21 (3 saves) dove to her right and deflected the ball beyond the post and over the goal line.
Hamilton held a 38-4 shot advantage and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Oswego's Emma Allen made a season-high 10 saves in the first half alone before she was relieved by Sophia Portalatin (7 saves) at the break.
Cat Gambino '21 opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Caroline Dawson '23 intercepted a pass in front of Oswego's bench and maneuvered around a defender for a two-on-one with Gambino. Dawson dribbled into the right side of the penalty box and passed to Gambino at the hashmark for a left-footed shot inside the far post.
Kayleigh Harris '20 tallied her first assist of the day at 25:40 when she launched a shot off the crossbar from 25 yards out. A charging Ashlyn Gaulin '23 buried the rebound into the nylon for her first collegiate goal.
The Continentals made it a three-goal advantage just over two minutes later. Hughes threw the ball into Harris waiting in Oswego's right corner of the field. Harris volleyed the ball back to Hughes who one-touched a pass to the near side of the goal area where Hyla Mosher '23 used her head to redirect the ball into the open net at 27:52. Mosher has scored in every game this season and she leads the team in goals (3) and points (6).
The Continentals scored their final goal 16:49 into the second half off a free kick in the corner of Hamilton's offensive zone. Rylie Mutton '23 took the kick and lofted the ball towards the back post where Allie Reed '23 tallied her first collegiate goal with a header into the left side of the net.
Hamilton hosts nationally ranked No. 10/12 Amherst College on Saturday, Sept. 14 for a NESCAC game at 11 a.m.