CLINTON, N.Y. – The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team dropped a NESCAC matchup to Hamilton by a 13-8 score on Saturday afternoon at Steuben Field.
Connecticut College opened the scoring when Jamie Navoni found sophomore Kirby Heffrin (Marblehead, Mass.) for a marker just 48 seconds into the contest. The Camels had a 2-1 lead courtesy of a Navoni unassisted marker, but the Continentals answered with three straight goals and an 8-1 run to break loose. Savannah Ryan netted a free position goal to give the hosts an 8-3 lead heading into the break, and Jackie Cuddy scored in the same fashion to give Hamilton a six-goal cushion with 18:21 left to play.
The Camels closed the gap to three goals at 11-8 when Navoni scored for the fourth time with 3:43 left, but Darby Philbrick won the next draw to give the hosts a key possession. Tessa Ryan and Kara Pooley netted insurance tallies just 12 seconds apart to put the game away.
Tesse Ryan and Cuddy led Hamilton (5-7, NESCAC 3-5) by netting three goals apiece. Philbrick had a strong all-around performance by finishing with one goal, one assist, six draws, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Hannah Burrall made seven saves in the opening 48 minutes to earn the victory between the posts for Hamilton, which had a 35-21 shot advantage and won 16 of the 23 draws.
Navoni paced Connecticut College by providing five points on four goals and one helper. She also won five draws and caused two turnovers. Juniors Erin Martin (Scituate, Mass.) and Jackie Cooney (San Rafael, Calif.) each recorded three caused turnovers, while senior netminder Megan Mullin (Sudbury, Mass.) turned away 12 shots.
Connecticut College (3-10, NESCAC 0-9) plays its final road game of the season when it visits Smith on Saturday, Apr. 21 at 1:00 p.m.