CLINTON, N.Y. -- Hamilton, ranked 13th nationally, dropped its first game of the season Saturday, losing to NESCAC rival Colby 12-10 at Steuben Field. The Mules scored four consecutive second-half goals to break an 8-8 tie.
Colby’s decisive run marked the first time either team had led by more than two goals; the game was tied six times. Katherine Eddy scored the game-winning goal, putting Colby up 9-8 6:12 into the second period, then assisted on a goal by Lindsey McKenna three minutes later to spark the four-goal run.
Eddy finished with six points on a goal and five assists. McKenna, who collected five points, led all players with four goals.
The Continentals controlled play for most of the final 15 minutes, outshooting the visitors 11-0 during that period. The Mules’ last shot came on their final score – a free-position goal by Lindsey McCabe with 16:56 remaining – and they advanced into Hamilton’s end twice after that goal. Claire Dickson, who played the second half in goal for Colby, stopped nine shots in the last half of the final period.
Ashleigh Stephan scored her second goal of the game with 14:16 to go for Hamilton and Caroline McCarthy added her third goal with 1:04 remaining. The Continentals won the ensuing draw control but were unable to get off a shot on goal.
McCarthy finished with three goals and an assist with Stephan and Emily Brodsky both contributing two goals and an assist. Katie D’Antonio scored a pair of goals.
Burt finished with 13 saves to earn the win. Michelle Burt stopped seven first-half shots.
Colby’s Alex Mintz notched four goals, including three in the first half. She scored the game’s first two goals, then put the Mules up 5-4 after Hamilton tied the game on goals by D’Antonio and Brodsky. McKenna followed Mintz’s third goal with a score to give the Mules a 4-2 lead before Hamilton used a 4-0 run to take its biggest lead. D’Antonio and McCarthy scored on consecutive possessions to tie the game, Kathryn Maiorano added her second goal of the year to give the Continentals their first lead and Stephan followed with the first of her two goals.
Three consecutive Colby goals put the Mules up 7-6 late in the first half (McKenna scored two and Eddy picked up two assists) but Brodsky’s goal with 2.2 seconds left in the period sent the teams to intermission tied 7-7.
Margaret Gabriel led Hamilton with career-best totals of four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Maiorano, McCarthy, Lauren Brady and Taylor Ryan each picked up two ground balls.
McKenna won six draw controls for Colby, who owned a 15-9 advantage.