NEW LONDON, Conn. – No. 24 Hamilton overcame an early four-goal deficit by scoring 12 times in the second half to earn a 19-9 victory over the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon at Freeman Field.
For the second straight game against a nationally-ranked opponent, Connecticut College got off to a quick start by netting the first two goals. Senior Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) found junior Meghan Corcoran (West Hartford, Conn.) just 53 seconds into the contest before freshman Kelly Wolin (Sudbury, Mass.) doubled the margin on a free position shot less than two minutes later. The Camels extended their lead to four at 5-1 when Wolin connected with Navoni at the 20:54 mark and appeared to be in control.
Hamilton, however, mounted a furious comeback by ending the half on a 6-1 run. Kara Pooley most notably recorded a natural hat trick, which was capped by finding the back of the net to give the Continentals their first lead with 52 seconds remaining in the half.
The visitors' momentum continued into the second frame, as Pooley converted a free position attempt and finished another shot on her own to make it 10-6 with 23:38 left. Navoni ended a 6-0 run dating back to the opening stanza by finishing a pass from Wolin at 22:56 to bring the hosts within three, but that was as close as they would come. The Continentals kept the clock running by ballooning their lead to twin figures on an Olivia Seymour strike with 4:26 on the clock en route to earning their second NESCAC win of the season.
Pooley registered five goals and one assist to lead the way for Hamilton (5-6, NESCAC 2-6), which had a 38-26 advantage in total shots and forced the hosts to commit 30 turnovers. She also finished the game with four draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Tatiana Bradley and Seymour each contributed hat tricks, while Tessa Ryan matched a team high with four draws. Hannah Burrall picked up the win by turning away 10 shots before being relieved in the 54th minute.
Navoni paced Connecticut College in the losing effort, ending the game with three goals and two assists to go along with a game-high 12 draw controls. Corcoran also tallied a hat trick, and sophomore goalie Nina Fazio (East Longmeadow, Mass.) made eight saves.
Connecticut College (3-10, NESCAC 0-9) will play its final home game of the season and recognize its four-member senior class when it entertains Smith on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m.