No. 8 Amherst Defeats No. 16 Hamilton in Florida

CLERMONT, FLA. - Extending its win streak to five, eighth-ranked Amherst remained unbeaten (5-0, 3-0 NESCAC) with a 9-6 win over No. 16 Hamilton at the National Training Center.

Meghan Mills '15 paced the Jeffs with three goals, while Krista Zsitvay '14 had a pair of scores to go along with an assist. Rachel Passarelli '16 also netted a pair of goals, while Mia Haughton '16 and Elizabeth Ludlow '14 each had a goal and an assist.

Getting the Jeffs off to a fast start, Passarelli scored twice in the game's first 5:17, recording an unassisted marker just two minutes after the opening draw before doubling the margin with a goal at 24:43. Less than three minutes later, Haughton extended the lead, notching her fifth of the season off of an Alex Philie '14 assist.

After a Mills score made it 4-0 in favor of the Jeffs, Casey File '17 put the Continentals on the board with 17:07 to go before the intermission. Kathryn Maiorano '14 then netted consecutive tallies just 1:09 apart to trim the deficit to 4-3, but a pair of Mills and Zsitvay free position goals in the final 6:45 of the frame gave Amherst a three-score cushion.

Midway through the second, Zsitvay struck again, this time thanks to a Ludlow helper. Katie D'Antonio '14 and Nora Klemmer '17 responded with goals over a span of just 3:06, but that was as close as Hamilton would get with the Jeffs recording two more scores in the contest's final three minutes.

In addition to her game-high three goals, Mills led the Jeffs with three ground balls, while Priscilla Tyler '15 won three draws. With Hamilton finishing with a 24-20 shot advantage, sophomore goalkeeper Christy Forrest made 14 saves en route to her fifth victory.

Maiorano paced the Continentals with a pair of scores, while Ann Pooley '16, Alice Grant '14 and Hannah Withiam '16 each had two ground balls. File led the team with four draw controls, while goalie Kari Koga '15 finished with six stops.

The Jeffs return to action on Wed. Mar. 26 at Wheaton.

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Hamilton College closed out its spring trip with a loss to 9-6 loss to NESCAC rival Amherst Thursday in Clermont, Fla. All three losses for the Continentals, ranked 16th nationally, have come to nationally ranked opponents; the Lord Jeffs (5-0 overall, 3-0 NESCAC) are ranked eighth.

After Amherst scored the game's first four goals, the Continentals (2-3 overall, 0-3 NESCAC) pulled to within 4-3 with 9:45 left in the half but the Lord Jeffs scored the last two goals before intermission and led by at least two goals for the rest of the game.

Casey File '17 put Hamilton on the board 12:53 in with her fifth goal of the spring and Kathryn Maiorano '14 followed with a pair of goals to cut Amherst's lead to a goal. Free-position goals 1:14 apart by Meghan Mills '15 and Krista Zsitvay '14 gave the Lord Jeffs a 6-3 halftime lead.

Zsitvay scored the first goal of the second period to stretch Amherst's lead to four. Katie D'Antonio '14 followed with her seventh goal of the year for Hamilton and Nora Klemmer '17 notched her third before Amherst sealed the win with two of the game's final three goals.

Emily Brodsky '14 closed out Hamilton's scoring, collecting her team-leading eighth goal of the season with 2:26 left.

Margaret Gabriel '16 assisted on two of Hamilton's first-half goals, raising her total to a team-high six. D'Antonio finished with a goal the 93rd of her career and an assist. File led the Continentals with a career-high four draw controls. Alice Grant '14, Annie Pooley '16 and Hannah Withiam '16 picked up two ground balls apiece.

Mills led all players with three goals and three ground balls. Rachel Passarelli '16 scored twice. Priscilla Tyler '15 controlled three draw controls.

Christy Forrest '16 made 14 saves to earn the win in goal. Kari Koga '15 stopped six shots for Hamilton.

The Continentals return to action Tuesday with a 5:00 p.m. game at Skidmore. Amherst plays a non-league game at Wheaton (Mass.) Wednesday.

2014-03-20



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