CLINTON, N.Y. – Despite playing a competitive second half against a nationally-ranked opponent, the Connecticut College field hockey team dropped a NESCAC matchup to No. 14 Hamilton by a 4-0 decision on Saturday afternoon at Goodfriend Field.
Lizzie Clark, who hadn't found the back of the cage all season, recorded a hat trick to lead the way for the hosts and opened the scoring just 3:17 into the contest when she fired a shot past sophomore Andi McGraw (Sheffield, Mass.) off a penalty corner taken by Tatiana Bradley. Michaela Giuttari, who made the stick stop, and Bradley were both credited with assists on the play.
Hamilton (5-1, NESCAC 3-1) scored two more times in a span of under 10 minutes to take a commanding 3-0 lead at halftime. Giuttari doubled the lead in the 26th minute, and Clarke added the team's third marker just 21 seconds before the break.
After being outshot by an 11-0 margin in the first half, the Camels came out much stronger in the second frame and had several opportunities to get on the scoreboard down the stretch. The team earned two penalty corners in the last 10 minutes of regulation, but senior Lauren Hirshom (Walpole, Mass.) had her shot attempt on the first one blocked, and Continental goalie Julia Booth made a kick save on a hard strike by sophomore Caroline Ferro (Wilton, Conn.) on the following try.
Booth made five stops, which all came in the second half, to earn the shutout victory for Hamilton between the pipes. The Continentals only outshot the Camels by an 8-7 margin and had a 3-2 edge in penalty corners over the last 35 minutes. McGraw was tagged with the loss, and freshman Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, Mass.) turned away four shots while only yielding one goal in relief.
Connecticut College (2-4, NESCAC 0-2) will quickly regroup and host Colby tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.