NEW LONDON, Conn.--Sophomore Jillian Dahrooge (Charlton, Mass.) scored two goals and assisted on a third marker to lead the Connecticut College field hockey team to a 3-2 victory against Hamilton College in a NESCAC game played on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field.
The Camels improve their record to 3-1 with a 1-1 record in conference play. The Continentals fall to 1-3-1 with a 1-2 record in the NESCAC.
"It was great to play together as a team today," Dahrooge said after the win. "I love my team."
Nikki Haskins (Quincy, Mass.) and Eva Rosencrans (Greenwich, Conn.) scored goals for the visitors.
Sophomore Katie White (East Falmouth, Mass.) made three saves in the loss for Hamilton. Becca Napolitano (Hamden, Conn.) stopped three shots for the Camels. Sophomore back Carly Ozarowski (Princeton, N.J.) chipped in with a defensive save for the winning side.
The Camels erupted for a pair of goals coming just 1:13 apart from each other near the midpoint of the first half.
With 17:11 remaining, Shaelin Gottlick (Madison, Conn.) assisted Dahrooge for a goal in a two-on-one situation versus the goalkeeper.
Just over a minute later, Dahrooge assisted Jen Morgan (Orange, Conn.) for a score in another two on one situation.
"We finally capitalized on our opportunities today," Morgan, a co-captain for the Camels said.
But Hamilton battled back. With 10 seconds left in the half, Caroline Ames (Dedham, Mass.) fired a shot from the top of the circle that was saved but Nikki Haskins tipped in the rebound to make it a 2-1 game at the break.
With 22 minutes left, Dahrooge added a critical insurance goal for the Camels, scoring on an assist from Bryn MacGillivray (Westwood, Mass.) to make it a 3-1 game.
However, Hamilton would not go away and with 7:55 remaining, Rosencrans scored her team leading third goal of the year when she put one in at the right post side of the goal.
Hamilton had a penalty corner in the final minute of regulation but the visitors could not capitalize and a long clear by Morgan put the game out of reach.
Connecticut College held an 8-to-3 advantage on penalty corners but the Continentals enjoyed a 10-to-6 edge on the shot chart.