Nov. 11, 2009

Courtesy of Hamilton Athletics

WOOSTER, Ohio -
Hamilton College was edged, 2-1, by the College of Wooster who broke a halftime tie scoring with 19 minutes, 28 seconds remaining to secure a win in a 2009 NCAA Division III tournament first round game at Andrew Turf Field at John P. Papp Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
 
Hamilton (12-5 overall) made its first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, after receiving one of the six at-large bids to the 24-team tournament. The College of Wooster (17-5) advances to play nationally ranked No. 2 Salisbury University in the second round on Saturday, Nov. 14.
 
Hamilton came out strong in the first half, earning nine corners, five coming in the first eleven minutes. The Continentals had scoring opportunities early when Amy Allen ‘10 took a shot that went wide after a corner, and Holly Rodiger ‘11 had a shot saved by a Wooster defender.
 
In the 14th minute, Colleen Callaghan ‘11 broke through for the Continentals scoring her twelfth goal of the season. Catie Torcivia ‘12 had control of the ball at the top of the circle, and as the Wooster goalie came out of the goal to play the ball Tocivia pushed a short pass ahead to Callaghan who sent the ball into the back of the cage.
 
With 4 minutes, 10 seconds remaining, Courtney DeMaria ‘10 come up with a huge save when a Wooster player broke through the Hamilton defense for a one-on-one opportunity. A little over a minute later, DeMaria had another key save off a bouncing shot on goal by Wooster. After the series of opportunities, the Fighting Scots tied up the game scoring with 2:12 left in the opening half.
 
Hamilton opened the second half with Callaghan and Torcivia firing shots on goal in the opening five minutes. Mary Lancaster ‘12 also sent a shot at the left side of the goal with 20 minutes left in the half, but the Wooster goalie again came up with a save.
 
Wooster broke the tie scoring with 19:28 left in the game, when one of the Fighting Scots dribbled the ball down the field, and around a Hamilton defender before sending a shot into the back of the cage putting Wooster up 2-1.
 
Hamilton came very close to scoring with 11:54 left on the clock when Callaghan sent a shot at the right side of the goal, but the Wooster keeper stepped up and made the save. With a little over a minute on the clock, Erin McNally ‘12 sent a shot at the goal that was blocked by a Wooster defender.
 
DeMaria finished with four saves. Hamilton led in shots taking 18 to Wooster’s eight. The Continentals also held an advantage in corners, 12-8.