The nationally ranked No. 16 Hamilton College field hockey team posted a 3-2 NESCAC victory over No. 14 Trinity College on Saturday at Hamilton's Goodfriend Field. Hamilton improves its overall record to 4-0 and 2-0 in the conference. Trinity falls to 1-2 overall and sits at 0-2 in conference play.
Michaela Giuttari '20 netted the eventual game winner and the 40th goal of her Hamilton career with 27:59 remaining in the second half to give Hamilton a 3-1 lead. Giuttari currently leads the NESCAC with eight goals and 17 points.
The Continentals took a 1-0 lead just over eight minutes into the game off a reset at Trinity's 23 meter line. Lizzie Clarke '20 fired a low ball to the front of the cage where Giuttari tipped the ball between her legs to Tatiana Bradley '19 for a one timer inside the right post, and Giuttari made the score 2-0 with an unassisted goal in the 11th minute.
Julia Booth '19 made five of her eight saves in the first half alone before the Bantams managed to get the ball past the goal line with 11:09 left in the first half. Trinity's Nicole Quinlan served up a penalty corner on the left side to Chandler Solimine at the top of the arc. Alison Slowe tipped Solimine's shot into the air and Kendall Brown was at the far post to direct the ball into the cage.
Lori Berger (seven saves) did not record a save for the Bantams until the second half when she stopped two of three shots in the 43rd minute. The third Hamilton shot came off the stick of Giuttari for her second goal of the game.
Trinity capitalized on another corner in the 44th minute when Solimine redirected a shot by Jordan Ragland over the shoulder of Booth to get the Bantams within one, but Hamilton controlled the play for the remaining minutes.
The Continentals conclude their NESCAC weekend on Sunday when No. 1 Middlebury College arrives at Hamilton for a noon contest on Goodfriend Field.