Hamilton Withstands Late Rally to Defeat Wesleyan

Hamilton withstood a late rally by host Wesleyan to post an 8-7 win Saturday afternoon in Middletown, Conn. The game was the season opener for both NESCAC opponents and marked the sixth time in seven years the Continentals, ranked 15th nationally, kicked off the year with a victory.

Ashleigh Stephan '15 scored her second goal of the game to put Hamilton ahead for good, breaking a 7-7 tie with 5:50 left in regulation. Stephan's game winner followed a run of three straight Cardinal goals in a span of 4:04 that tied the game.

Hannah Rubin '17 made six saves to earn the win in her collegiate debut.

Emily Brodsky '14 scored a pair of goals (giving her 34 in her career) to spark a 4-1 Hamilton run to open the second half as the Continentals pulled away from a 3-3 tie at intermission. Stephan and Casey File '17 both added a goal during the stretch; File's was the first of her career.

Wesleyan's Abby D'Angelo '14 pulled the Cardinals to within 7-5 with 16:10 left, then Maddy Coulter '14 who led all players with three goals and Martha Harding '16 added goals 41 seconds apart to forge a 7-7 tie.

Harding finished with a pair of goals. Hannah Plappert '16 also scored for Wesleyan, netting a goal 11 seconds into play off the opening draw.

Caroline McCarthy '16 scored Hamilton's first goal, tying the score at 1-1 3:11 into the game with Lauren Brady '14 picking up the assist. Kathryn Maiorano '14 followed with her 26th career goal five minutes later to give the Continentals their first lead. After Coulter and Harding scored back-to-back Wesleyan goals, Hamilton's Taylor Ryan '17 scored her first career goal to send the teams into the break tied at 3-3.

Alice Grant '14 led the Continentals with three caused turnovers. She and Rubin both picked up a pair of ground balls.

Wesleyan's Megan Kelly '17 led all players with four ground balls. Emily Gretsky '16 caused three turnovers off the bench. Nina Labovich '16 made six saves.

The Continentals are back in action Saturday, hosting Colby at noon. Wesleyan hosts Eastern Connecticut Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

2014-03-01



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