Hamilton Helps Grizzlies Outgun Oilers

LEBANON, Ill.- Junior Lexy Hamilton (Monte Vista, Colo.) broke her own 10-day old school-record while matching the WILA mark for goals in a game, as she tallied nine to lead Adams State to a 17-14 victory over Findlay (Ohio) in action at McKendree's Leemon Field on Thursday afternoon.

The Grizzlies, who had just one win in their first two years of the program's existence, now have two wins in the last five days after they defeated McKendree by an 11-10 score at home in Alamosa, Colo., on Sunday. The Grizzlies, now 2-3 in this their third-ever season, will play the Bearcats once again on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. CDT to wrap up their 3-game trip to the Midwest.

The Findlay Oilers fell to 0-4 in this, their first year.

On Thursday, Hamilton scored three goals in the first half and six in the second, including the eventual game-winner with 5:56 left after Mackenize Barnwell, who had four goals and five points for Findlay, had evened the score at 14 with back-to-back markers.

Then, just 12 seconds after Hamilton's game-winner and school-record setting goal, Grizzly junior Megan Daly (Walnut Creek, Calif.) scored again to provide some breathing room. Hamilton then completed the scoring with 1:05 left.

Hamilton was the reigning WILA Offensive Player of the Week after she scored seven goals in an 18-11 neutral-field loss to Lake Erie (Ohio). Her 9-goal effort on Thursday matched the WILA record that had been held alone by Fort Lewis' Ally Kvidera. Hamilton now has a WILA-leading 19 goals this season, which is just five short of her school-record total of 24 set in 2012.

On Thursday, the Grizzlies got out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Desi Rae Aguirre (Walsenburg, Colo.) and LiErin Wilson (Silverton, Colo.) in the first 4:05 before the Oilers tied the game.

Hamilton then scored with 20:39 left in the first half to put ASU up 3-2 before Sarah Lankton scored three of her team-high five goals in a 4-0 Oiler run that put Findlay ahead 6-3.

However, Hamilton book-ended goals Qiana Barfield (Denver, Colo.), the WILA's reigning Defensive Player of the Week, and Aguirre to give the Grizzlies a 7-6 lead in the final minute of the first half.

The Oilers' Barnwell then tied the game with a goal off a Jessie Rice assist with 4.4 seconds left in the half before Lankton put the Oilers up 8-7 a minute into the second half.

Amanda Hisel (Conifer, Colo.) then scored the first of her two second-half goals to even the score once again before a Hamilton tally with 24:04 left put the Grizzlies up 9-8.

The Oilers then battled back in the topsy-turvy contest with three straight goals before three goals by Hamilton helped the Grizzlies go on a 5-1 run over six minutes en-route to a 14-12 lead.

Barnwell then tied the game at 14 with goals at 7:49 and 6:28 before Hamilton's goal started ASU's game-winning 3-0 run.

Joining Hamilton as multiple-goal scorers for ASU were Aguirre, Daly and Hisel, who tallied two each. Barfield and Wilson also had one goal each while Jordan McHenry (Dolores, Colo.), Brynsley Michael (Seattle, Wash.) and Aislinn Stace (Boise, Idaho) all tallied assists.

Sophomore goalkeeper Danica Kristiansen (Lake Forest, Calif.) earned the win in net for the Grizzlies.

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University of Findlay fell 17-14 to Adams State on Thursday, March 14 in Lebanon, Ill. The Oilers record now stands at 0-4 on the year.

Sarah Lankton led the team with five goals and an assists while Mackenzie Barnwell had four goals and an assist.

Taylor Trice recorded three goals and an assist while Katie Poorman and Victoria Predmore each found the back of the net one time apiece.

Jessie Rice added two assists during the match.

The Oilers will face Lindenwood in Lebanon, Ill on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.


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