Hamilton Slows Down Jumbos in NESCASC Women's Lacrosse Action, 10-6

Recap courtesy of Hamilton College

CLINTON, N.Y. - Seven Hamilton College players scored at least one goal and the Continentals' defense was impressive again in their 10-6 NESCAC win against the Tufts University Jumbos at Hamilton's Steuben Field on a windy and chilly Saturday afternoon.

Kate Mackin led Tufts with a pair of goals and an assist

The nationally-ranked No. 15 Continentals (7-4, 5-2 NESCAC) are allowing an average of less than seven goals per game in conference play and only one NESCAC team has scored more than eight goals against Hamilton this year. The Continentals were credited with 17 caused turnovers.

Tufts (5-4, 2-4) tied a season low with its six goals. The Jumbos entered the day leading the way in the conference with 13.75 goals and more than 14 draw controls per contest. Hamilton owned an 11-7 advantage in draws.

Senior Nora Klemmer led the Continentals with three points on a goal and two assists. Sophomore Kara Pooley, junior Darby Philbrick and freshman Skyler Simson scored two goals each and sophomore Alex Hendry and senior Morgan Fletcher posted a goal and an assist apiece.

Junior Maddie Fitzpatrick led the Hamilton defense with career-highs of five caused turnovers and seven ground balls. Fletcher tied a season-high with four caused turnovers. Pooley matched a career-best with four draw controls and senior Casey File chipped in a career-high four ground balls and won three draw controls. Senior Hannah Rubin made her first start in goal this year and made four saves in the first half. Sophomore Hannah Burrall relieved Rubin at the start of the second half and stopped one shot.

Senior Kate Mackin paced the Tufts offense with two goals and an assist, and sophomore Dakota Adamec scored twice. Senior Casey Briody caused three turnovers and scooped up a game-high eight ground balls. Audrey Evers made six of her seven saves in the second half and finished with six ground balls.

Hendry gave the Continentals an early lead just 29 seconds into the first half. Mackin tied the score on a pass from Megan Toner with 26:40 left, but Hamilton went back in front for good 24 seconds later on an unassisted goal by Pooley. Pooley made it 3-1 on a free-position goal with 23:07 remaining.

More than 14 minutes passed before anyone scored again. Junior Jackie Cuddy broke the drought for the Continentals with 8:42 to go. Mackin cut the Jumbos' deficit to two goals on her 19th of the season with 5:33 left before Philbrick countered for Hamilton with 2:51 remaining on a pass from Fletcher. The Continentals took a 5-2 advantage into the break.

Tufts drew first blood in the second half as Adamec scored on a feed from Emily Games with 25:27 to go. Hamilton took control with three straight goals for an 8-3 lead with 15:47 left. Philbrick scored on a free-position shot, Hendry found Simson for another goal with 16:04 remaining and Klemmer tallied her 14th just 17 seconds later.

The Jumbos called a time out, settled down and then moved within four goals with 12:39 to go when Taylor Meek found the back of the net on a pass from Caroline Nowak. The Continentals responded with two goals in a row and clinched the victory. Klemmer passed to a cutting Simson who scored from close range, and Fletcher recorded an unassisted tally for a comfortable 10-4 advantage with 7:19 left. Fletcher's goal -- her 16th this year -- was scored while Tufts was down a player after one of the Jumbos was sent off for a yellow card with 9:02 remaining. Tufts added two goals in the final six minutes.

Hamilton owned a 14-6 shot advantage and won seven draws to the Jumbos' three in the second half.

The Continentals are on the road for their final four games of the regular season. The first one is a NESCAC contest at Williams College on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Tufts heads down to SUNY Cortland for a non-conference game on Sunday at noon.