Hamilton Ends Season Knocking off No. 16 Ithaca

Hamilton ended its season with its best performance of the year, routing visiting Ithaca 15-8 Tuesday evening at Steuben Field. The Bombers were the ninth nationally-ranked opponent on Hamilton's schedule (they were 16th in the latest coaches poll). The Continentals posted their highest scoring total of the season and held the Bombers who saw their nine-game winning streak snapped to their lowest output of the spring.

Hamilton (6-8) ran off nine straight goals in the first half and held Ithaca scoreless for a span of nearly 24 minutes, turning an early 4-1 deficit into a 10-1 halftime advantage. The Continentals' 10 first-half goals were more than the Bombers had allowed in any of their previous six games.

Lauren Brady '14 and Katie D'Antonio '14 both scored twice in Hamilton's decisive 9-1 stretch. Brady scored on consecutive possessions to pull the Continentals even and D'Antonio who led all scorers with four goals and five points tallied two goals in the period's final 38 seconds.

Ithaca scored the first three goals of the second half to cut Hamilton's lead to 10-7 9:10 into the period, but Hamilton retook control with a goal 1:42 later and held the Bombers to just three shots over the game's final 20:50.

D'Antonio raised her career totals to 162 points and 112 goals; she finishes 10th and 12th, respectively, on the program's all-time lists. Brady and Margaret Gabriel '16 both scored three goals and Emily Brodsky '14 contributed three assists.

Ithaca was led by Ally Runyon '16, who scored three goals, including two in the first 5:04 to help the Bombers to a 3-0 lead. D'Antonio and Ithaca's Natalie Lang '15 traded goals on consecutive possessions and Gabriel kicked off the Continentals' 9-0 run with a goal 11:11 into the half.

Kari Koga '15 needed to make just three saves as Hamilton outshot the Bombers 28-17. Ithaca entered the game averaging nearly 13 goals per game. Ashleigh Stephan '15, who scored a goal in each half, matched a career high with three caused turnovers and Alice Grant '14 picked up a career-best five ground balls. Kathryn Maiorano '14 won a personal-best four draw controls, helping the Continentals to a 16-10 advantage.

Emily Ross '17 took the loss in goal for Ithaca, making two saves while surrendering 10 first-half goals. Brittany Romano '14 made six saves while playing the second half. Riley Marion '16 led the Bombers with five draw controls.

2014-04-22



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