Women's lacrosse finishes in style, routs No. 16 Ithaca
The Hamilton College Continentals ended the season with their best performance of the year, routing the nationally ranked No. 16 Ithaca College Bombers 15-8 at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Tuesday evening.
The Bombers were the ninth ranked opponent on Hamilton’s schedule. The Continentals tied their highest scoring total of the season and held the Bombers, whose nine-game winning streak was snapped, to their lowest output since March 19.
Hamilton (6-8 overall) 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 10-4 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 scored twice in Hamilton’s decisive 9-0 stretch. Brady scored on consecutive possessions to pull the Continentals even and D’Antonio, who led all players with four goals and five points, tallied two goals in the period’s final 38 seconds.
Ithaca (10-5) scored the first three goals of the second half to cut Hamilton’s lead to 10-7 with 20:50 left. Hamilton responded with a goal 1:42 later and held the Bombers to just three shots the rest of the night.
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 scored three goals apiece 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 day averaging nearly 13 goals per game. Ashleigh Stephan ‘15, who scored a goal in each half, matched a career high with three caused turnovers. Alice Grant ’14 picked up a career-best five ground balls and Gabriel won four draw controls, helping the Continentals to a 15-10 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 after she relieved Ross at the start of the second half. Riley Marion ’16 led the Bombers with five draw controls.