No. 15 Hamilton shuts out William Smith 4-0 in 40th meeting

Julia Booth '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Julia Booth '19 (Josh McKee photo)
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Julia Booth '19 made a season-high 10 saves in 67 minutes and the nationally ranked No. 15 Hamilton College Continentals blanked the William Smith College Herons 4-0 in a non-conference field hockey game on Wednesday night.

The two teams were meeting for the 40th time in history and the shutout is just the third time Hamilton has blanked William Smith. The last shutout was recorded on Oct. 30, 1991, when the Continentals won 2-0 in Geneva, N.Y.

Lizzie Clarke '20 guided the offense for Hamilton (8-2 overall) with two goals and one assist, and Michaela Giuttari '20 tallied one goal and one assist. Sarah Stinebaugh '19 netted her fourth goal of the year and Tatiana Bradley '19 dished out one helper.

Clarke gave the Continentals a one-goal lead 5:56 into the contest when Bradley dribbled the ball down the end line, into the shooting circle and delivered a centering pass to Clarke at the penalty stroke line where she knocked the ball inside the right post.

Hamilton doubled its lead in the 24th minute for a 2-0 halftime edge. Giuttari crossed the ball towards the front of William Smith's goal and when the Herons attempted to clear the ball Stinebaugh poked it across the goal line.

William Smith (4-6) had a chance to get on the scoreboard less than five minutes into the second half when Fallon Adair ripped a long shot that deflected off a Hamilton defender and Booth made a left-footed kick save. The Herons threatened again in the 60th minute off a penalty corner. Sophie Craig whacked a high flyer towards the cage but Booth swatted the ball out of bounds.

Herons' goalkeeper Alexandra DeVito (eight saves) kept the Continentals scoreless in the second half until 8:53 remained. Maddie Beitler '21 intercepted the ball at midfield and passed up the gut to Giuttari for a two-on-one with Clarke. Giuttari fed the ball to Clarke and Clarke lifted the ball over a diving DeVito. Giuttari and Clarke found each other again 58 seconds later. This time it was Clarke sending a centering pass towards the front of the cage and Giuttari drove the ball into the goal.

Hamilton returns to NESCAC action on Saturday, Oct. 6 when the Continentals travel to Amherst College for an 11 a.m. contest against the No. 18 Mammoths.