No. 1 Hamilton Downs Skidmore to Stay Perfect at 15-0

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Liz Rave '10 scored three goals to lead nationally ranked No. 1 Hamilton College to a 14-8 win against Skidmore College in a Liberty League women's lacrosse game at Hamilton's Steuben Field on April 30.

Hamilton (15-0 overall, 7-0 Liberty) hosts No. 11 Union College on Saturday, May 1, in a showdown for the top seed and the right to host the league tournament on Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8. Union (10-5, 7-0) defeated William Smith College 13-7 at William Smith on Friday.

The Continentals extended their home win streak to 33 games and remained the only undefeated team in NCAA Division III women's lacrosse. Skidmore (7-9, 3-4) lost for the fourth time in its last five games.

Rave is tied for the team lead with 32 goals and is in sixth place on the program's career list with 126. Emily Helm '92 is in fifth place with 128. Sarah Bray '11 chipped in two goals and two assists. Bray leads the team with 35 helpers. Audrey Nebergall '10 added two goals and one assist.

Lauren Sokol '12 picked up four ground balls and won three draw controls for Hamilton. Rachel Friedman '13 recorded a goal and three draw controls. Mariah Monks '13 came off the bench to score one goal and scoop up four ground balls. Meg Pengue '12 scored her first goal this year and caused three turnovers. The Continentals forced 17 of Skidmore's 30 turnovers. Kate Fowler '10 made four saves and grabbed four ground balls.

Kimberly Segalas '11 and Lauren Madden '12 scored two goals apiece for the Thoroughbreds. Madden leads the team with 45 and Segalas is right behind with 43. Abbie Klaus '10 won a game-high four draw controls. Skidmore finished with a 15-9 advantage in that category. Rachel Klein '12 stopped nine shots and picked up three ground balls.

Bray scored just 46 seconds into the first half and Hamilton notched the first four goals. Pengue's dash from her defensive zone to the offensive zone and subsequent goal made the score 4-0 with 15:04 left in the half.

Four Continentals were sent off for three minutes each with cards in a span of about three minutes, starting with 9:01 left in the half. The Thoroughbreds took advantage of Hamilton's misfortune, and scored three times in 2 minutes, 35 seconds to pull within 4-3. Lauren McCarthy '11 and Segalas buried free-position shots, and Sydney Weill '11 scored on an assist from Lindsay Stavola '11 with 5:52 remaining.

The Continentals rebounded once all their players returned and scored the last three goals of the half for a 7-3 lead at the break. Nebergall's 32nd goal on an assist from Bray 14 seconds into the second half made the score 8-3. Segalas scored on another free-position shot to cut the Skidmore deficit to 8-4 with 25:55 remaining. The Thoroughbreds scored on 5 of 9 free-position shots.

Hamilton clinched the win by tallying the next three goals. Monks, Rave and Friedman scored during the mini-run and the Continentals held a commanding 11-4 lead with 19:58 left. Skidmore didn't score again until there was 7:43 left.

Hamilton held a 31-17 advantage in shots and was credited with 30 ground balls to 19 for the Thoroughbreds. The Continentals were successful on 17 of 18 clear attempts while Skidmore was 10 of 23. Hamilton leads the all-time series 27-8, and has won the last five meetings with the Thoroughbreds.

Skidmore travels to William Smith on Saturday to wrap up its regular season.


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