No. 19 field hockey cruises to season-opening win at RPI

Michaela Giuttari '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Michaela Giuttari '20 (Josh McKee photo)
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Hamilton College's Michaela Giuttari '20 scored three goals and the nationally ranked No. 19 Continentals breezed to a 6-0 non-conference win against RPI at the Engineers' Harkness Field on Wednesday night.

Hamilton (1-0 overall) has won six of its last seven games against RPI and has outscored the Engineers 13-2 the last two meetings. RPI's record dipped to 0-3. The Continentals enjoyed a 23-6 shot advantage and were awarded 11 penalty corners to the Engineers' seven. 

Giuttari -- a 2017 all-American -- moved into a tie for third place on the program's all-time list with 35 career goals. Sarah Pierpont '21, Tatiana Bradley '19 and Maddie Beitler '21 added one goal each. Lizzie Clarke '20 and Sarah Stinebaugh '19 were credited with their seventh and eighth career assists, respectively.

Julia Booth '19 started in goal and made one save in 54-plus minutes. Maggie Reville '22 didn't need to make a stop as she wrapped up the shutout in her first collegiate appearance in the cage.

Hamilton took a 1-0 lead after Stinebaugh carried the ball down the right side and centered a pass in front of the goal where Giuttari redirected it 6:55 into the first half. The Continentals made it a two-goal game 8:02 later when Pierpont swept in a loose ball following a drive downfield by Giuttari that forced goalie Rachel Kaufman (three saves) to come out and make a play on the ball.

Giuttari notched her second goal just eight seconds past the midpoint of the half. A shot by Beitler from close range was stopped by Kaufman but Giuttari was there to tap in the rebound. Beitler made it 4-0 with 11:08 left in the half when she controlled the ball after a blocked shot and scored. Hamilton took its four-goal cushion into the break.

Giuttari completed her hat trick 4:49 into the second half, and Bradley tipped in a shot by Clarke off a penalty corner just two minutes later for her 15th career goal. Neither team scored during the last 28 minutes.

The Continentals travel to Lewiston, Maine, for their NESCAC opener at Bates on Saturday, Sept. 8 at noon.