May 15, 2010

Courtesy of Hamilton Athletics

Nationally ranked No. 1 Hamilton College led 13-0 at the half and cruised to a 15-3 win against Kenyon College in a 2010 NCAA Division III championship regional semifinal at Hamilton's Steuben Field on May 15.

Hamilton (19-0 overall) advances to the regional final for the fourth straight year. The Continentals will play Colby College on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Steuben Field. Colby defeated SUNY Cortland, 10-9, in the second regional semifinal played at Hamilton.

The Continentals extended their home win streak to 37 games. Hamilton -- owners of the top scoring defense in NCAA Division III -- allowed three goals for the third straight game.

Twelve Hamilton players scored at least one goal. Kriti Dave '11 led the offense with two goals and one assist. Liz Rave '10 and Rachel Friedman '13 chipped in two goals apiece and Hilary Saverin '10 added one goal, two assists and three draw controls. Anne Graveley `11 and Kate Otley `12 each scored one goal and earned one assist.

Kate Fowler '10 and Sam Elie '12 combined to make four saves for the Continentals. Fowler stopped three shots in the opening 43:58, and Elie made one save in the final 16:02. Sarah Bray '11 picked up four ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Lauren Sokol '12 won three draw controls and forced two turnovers. Paige Engeldrum '13 and Meg Pengue '12 each picked up three ground balls. Hannah Hoar '13 recorded one goal as well as three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.

Kenyon was making its first appearance in the NCAA women's lacrosse championships. The Ladies finished their season with a 15-3 overall record. Kenyon -- from the North Coast Athletic Conference -- defeated conference rival College of Wooster 19-14 in a first round game on May 12.

Friedman gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead 2 minutes, 11 seconds into the first half. Saverin added the second goal 48 seconds later and the Continentals were rolling. Back-to-back goals from Rave and another goal from Friedman off an assist from Saverin gave Hamilton a 5-0 lead with 23:10 left in the first half. Rave now leads the Continentals with 40 goals this season.

Graveley scored her 35th goal of the season and then earned an assist when Libby Schultz `12 found the back of the net at the 19:09 mark. A goal by Mariah Monks `13 put the Continentals up 8-0 at the midway point of the first half. Otley earned the assist, and then she scored a goal of her own with 12:39 on the clock. Twenty three seconds later Hoar scored her 13th goal of the year.

Audrey Nebergall '10 and Ashley Allen '12 each scored one goal before Caroline Morgan '13 capped the first half onslaught with her fifth goal with 23 seconds remaining. Kenyon committed 17 turnovers in the first 30 minutes.

Dave scored Hamilton's two goals in the second half to stretch the Continentals' lead to 15-0 with 13:28 remaining. Kenyon scored its first goal with 12:10 left in the second. The Ladies found the back of the net with 5:45 remaining, and scored once more for the final with 2:14 left.

The Continentals held a commanding advantage in shots, 32-9. Hamilton also enjoyed a 26-15 advantage in ground balls, and a won 13 draw controls while Kenyon won six. The Ladies were successful on just 8 of 21 clear attempts, while Hamilton was successful on 12 of 13.