No. 20 Hamilton Falls to No. 16 Bates

In a match-up of nationally ranked opponents, Hamilton (ranked 20th) lost 12-6 at Bates (ranked 16th) in a NESCAC game in Lewistown, Maine Saturday. The host Bobcats (7-3, 3-2 NESCAC) outscored the Continentals (4-4, 1-4 NESCAC) 7-2 in the second half and tallied 10 of the game's last 12 goals.

Four straight goals gave Hamilton a 4-2 lead 17:20 into the game after the Bobcats had taken a 2-0 lead (including a score just five seconds into play). Ashleigh Stephan '15 got the Continentals on the board then Katie D'Antonio '14 scored the tying and go-ahead goals for Hamilton. D'Antonio raised her season total to a team-leading 13 and her career mark to 99 goals; she's a goal away from becoming the 17th Continental to reach 100.

After Casey File '17 gave Hamilton its biggest lead 2ith 13:40 left in the half, Blair Shrewsbury '14 answered for Bates 21 seconds later with the first of her four goals. Goals by Bridget Meedzan '14 (who matched a career high with three) and Cara Cappellini '16 gave the Bobcats a 5-4 lead at intermission.

Cappellini fed Moriah Greenstein '16 for a goal on Bates' first possession of the second half and the teams alternated scores over the next six minutes with Hamilton's Taylor Ryan '17 scoring her fifth goal of the year and Margaret Gabriel '16 picking up her 11th, sandwiched around Meedzan's third goal of the game.

The Bobcats held Hamilton scoreless over the final 21:59, with Hannah Jeffrey making eight of her 14 saves in that span. Jeffery and Wally Pierce '14 both picked up four ground balls to lead Bates.

Greenstein finished with a goal and three assists and Pierce contributed two goals, two assists, two caused turnovers and three draw controls. SooHee Yoon '14 won a team-high three draws for the Bobcats.

Emily Brodsky '14 assisted on two Hamilton goals. Gabriel led all players with four draw controls and Stephan matched a career high with three caused turnovers. Kari Koga '15 made five saves.

Both teams play at nationally ranked conference opponents Wednesday; the Continentals are at third-ranked Middlebury and Bates visits Bowdoin, ranked 18th.


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