Giuttari '20 scores two goals in No. 15 Hamilton's road loss

Michaela Giuttari '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Michaela Giuttari '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Skidmore College's Zoe McGuire made 12 saves and the nationally ranked No. 9 Thoroughbreds held on for a 3-2 non-conference win against the No. 15 Hamilton College Continentals at Skidmore's Wagner Park on Tuesday.

Today's game was the first between the old Liberty League rivals since they met in the league championship final in 2010. Hamilton joined the NESCAC for field hockey the following year.

Michaela Giuttari '20 scored both goals for the Continentals (2-1 overall). Giuttari leads the team with five goals and 11 points. Julia Booth '19 stopped three shots in her 20th straight start in goal dating back to the beginning of last season.

Giuttari gave Hamilton an early 1-0 lead 3:53 into the first half following a penalty corner. Liz Wagenbach '18 unleashed a shot that was going wide of the cage but Giuttari corralled it and put the ball past McGuire.

Gabby Hyman tied the score for the Thoroughbreds a little more than six minutes later. The Continentals dominated the opening 35 minutes with a 13-3 shot advantage and 5-1 edge in penalty corners, but the teams went into the break tied at 1-1.

Skidmore (3-1) didn't waste much time in taking the lead for good in the second half as the Thoroughbreds were awarded two penalty corners and then Kayla Rose scored -- all in the opening 2:57. Sarah Winters put Skidmore up by two goals with 14:55 left and then the Thoroughbreds withstood Hamilton's rally.

Giuttari pulled the Continentals within 3-2 with 7:59 to go when she put a shot into the far side of the cage off a tough angle. Hamilton took five shots and had three corners after Skidmore scored its third goal. The last corner for the Continentals came with 1:27 remaining.

Hamilton travels to Hartford, Conn., for a NESCAC game against No. 12 Trinity on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m.