Women's lacrosse falls in NESCAC championship quarterfinal

Darby Philbrick '18 (Josh McKee photo)
Darby Philbrick '18 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals fell 14-5 to the Middlebury College Panthers in a 2018 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship quarterfinal at Middlebury's Kohn Field on Saturday afternoon.

The eighth-seeded Continentals (5-11 overall) received a pair of goals from Darby Philbrick '18 and a goal apiece from Jackie Cuddy '18, Honor Gabriel '21 and Skyler Simson '20. Nicole Lyons '18 had two assists while Savannah Ryan '21 added one.

Sarah Kaiser '19 and Meaghan Parlee '21 scooped up three ground balls for the Continentals, while Cuddy, Philbrick and Courtney Pierre '21 collected two each. Cuddy won three draw controls and Gabby O'Brien '19 caused three turnovers. Hannah Burrall '19 stopped 16 shots and Eleni Neyland '18 made one save.

Georgia Carroll paced the top-seeded Panthers (14-2) offensively with five goals. Emily Barnard and Kirsten Murphy contributed three apiece while Jenna McNicholas, Erin Nicholas and Hollis Perticone each added one. Murphy was credited with four assists, Perticone won nine draws, Addy Mitchell caused four turnovers, and both Mitchell and Alex White collected five ground balls. Julia Keith and Kate Furber combined to make seven saves.

Nationally ranked No. 6 Middlebury hopped out to a 3-0 lead and did not look back from there. Murphy, Perticone and Barnard finished for the Panthers in the opening eight minutes. Gabriel put home a pass from Ryan and Philbrick notched her first of the day as Hamilton pulled within 3-2 with 19:44 left in the first.

The Panthers finished out the scoring in the first half with four consecutive goals to push their lead to 7-2 going into the break. They extended their lead to 11-2 with 22:53 left to play, as Georgia Carroll scored her first three and Barnard added another.

Cuddy scored for Hamilton off a pass from Lyons at 18:31, and Simson followed with another goal on another feed from Lyons during a man-up situation. With 6:41 left to play, Philbrick put home her team-leading 26th goal to close out the scoring for the Continentals. Middlebury added three more in the final 3:09 for the final margin.

The Continentals ended their season with their fourth consecutive NESCAC quarterfinal appearance.

-- Release by Julia Booth '19