April 13, 2011

Hamilton Passes Road Test vs. Ithaca

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y.
- Rachel Friedman '13 and Martha Plack '14 recorded three goals and one assist apiece to lead nationally ranked No. 2 Hamilton College to a 13-7 win against Ithaca College in a non-league game at Ithaca's Higgins Stadium on April 13.

Hamilton (8-1 overall) won its sixth straight game. The Continentals were playing their first true road contest after six in a row at home. Hamilton won its first two games of the year at a neutral site in Florida.

Friedman leads the team with 36 goals and 44 points. Libby Schultz '12 chipped in two goals and three assists. Sarah Bray '11 added one goal and three assists. Bray leads the team with 24 assists. Ashley Allen '12 scored two goals, and Katie D'Antonio '14 and Meg Pengue '12 had one apiece.

Pengue was also a force on defense with seven caused turnovers and seven ground balls. Friedman picked up six ground balls, and Bray scooped up four ground balls to go with two draw controls. Kate Otley '12 also won two draws. Sam Elie '12 made a career-high nine saves.

Ithaca (6-4) received two goals from Ali DeCirce, Michelle Avery and Nicole Borisenok. Siobhan Sullivan added four ground balls and four draw controls.

The Continentals scored the first four goals and never trailed. Allen notched both her goals and Plack had one goal and one assist during the run. Friedman's first goal of the afternoon made the score 4-0 with 19:54 left in the half. Hamilton held a 7-3 lead at the break.

Schultz gave the Continentals a five-goal cushion with her first of the day with 25:46 remaining. About a minute later, Borisenok and Avery scored goals 15 seconds apart to pull the Bombers within 8-5.

Hamilton clinched the victory by scoring the next five goals. Friedman started the spurt with 20:39 left as she found the back of the net, and made the score 13-5 on her final goal of the day with 5:43 remaining.

The Continentals held a 29-21 edge in shots. Ithaca owned a huge 15-7 advantage in draw controls, but committed 32 turnovers, and was successful on just 13 of 21 clear attempts.

Hamilton travels to St. Lawrence University for a Liberty League game on Friday, April 15.


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