NEW LONDON, Conn.--Hamilton College scored the first four goals of the second half to pull away in a 9-7 victory against Connecticut College Saturday. Connecticut College senior Bri Miller (Sudbury, Mass.) achieved a career milestone, scoring the 100th goal of her career in the opening half.
Hamilton College improves its record to 7-5 with triumph while evening its mark at 4-4 in the NESCAC. The Camels slip to 4-8 with a 1-7 record in league action.
Senior Rachel Friedman (Fairfield, Conn.) had three goals and an assist to lead the visitors and has now scored 25 goals on the season for Hamilton. Katie D'Antonio (Garden City, N.Y.) had a hat-trick with three goals while Margaret Gabriel (Washington, D.C.) scored twice for the winning side.
Sophomore Madison Beres (Chestertown, Md.) made two saves in the victory to go along with four ground balls.
Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.) sandwiched two goals around an assist and added two draws and two ground balls for Connecticut College. Miller scored twice in the first half. Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) added a goal and an assist.
Libby Nichols collected three draw controls in her final home game. Junior net-minder Caitlin Cataldo (Orange, Conn.) stopped five shots for the Camels.
Gabriel scored consecutive goals to vault the visitors out to a 3-2 advantage midway through the first half. But Miller buried a free position for her 100th goal with 8:26 remaining to things up at three. Rachel Friedman responded though, putting in a runner with 5:47 left to make it a 4-3 contest.
With 10.9 seconds left in the half, Lowell Abbott assisted Izzy Marx (Ridgewood, N.J.) for a goal that evened things up at four. But D'Antonio made a nice move the cage in a full sprint of the ensuing draw control and was able to beat the horn for a goal with .5 seconds left. Hamilton's lead was 5-4 at the intermission.
Friedman made a nifty spin move to open the scoring in the second half. When D'Antonio and Lauren Brady (Kent, Conn.) scored 1:59 apart, the Continentals enjoyed an 8-4 lead with 20:21 remaining. D'Antoni capped off the 5-0 run with a goal at the 16:24 mark to make it a 9-4 game.
However, the Camels did not go away. A caused turnover from Maggie Hogan (Arnold, Md.) started a fast break in an unsettled situation. Heidi Halsted (Mill Valley, Calif.) assisted Abbott for a goal with 11:32 remaining. Taylor Thomas scored the next two goals, pulling the Camels to within 9-7 with a runner at the 4:02 mark.
But Hamilton was able to hold on for the 9-7 win.
Shots were event at 18 aside. Hamilton held a slim 10-to-9 advantage in ground balls.