Women's lacrosse cruises past St. Lawrence in Florida

Hannah Burrall '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Hannah Burrall '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Hannah Burrall '19 made 13 saves and the Continentals breezed to a 16-7 non-conference win against the St. Lawrence University Saints at Ann Dever Memorial Regional Park in Englewood, Florida, on Thursday morning.

Hamilton (2-2 overall) received votes in this week's Division III Top 25 coaches poll. The Continentals scored the first three goals and the last six of the first half en route to a commanding 10-2 cushion at the break. St. Lawrence (1-4) didn't get closer than seven goals in the second half.

Burrall stopped eight shots in the first half, and when she was lifted for Megan O'Hara '21 with 16:38 left, Hamilton held a 12-4 advantage. The Continentals eventually opened up a 14-4 lead with 13:23 remaining.

Seven Hamilton players recorded more than one point. Kara Pooley '19 led the way with a goal, two assists, four ground balls and four draw controls. Honor Gabriel '21, Lauren Hamilton '22, Tatiana Bradley '19 and Charlotte Wynn '20 scored two goals each. Wynn added three draw controls. Sarah Moore '22 and Skyler Simson '20 chipped in a goal and an assist apiece. Gabby O'Brien '19 led the defense with three caused turnovers and Maggie Reville '22 made two saves in seven-plus minutes in her first collegiate action in goal.

Abigail Eberle paced the Saints with three goals and Emma Owens scored twice. Isabel Silvia was credited with an assist and won five draws. Morgan Barlow caused two turnovers and Olga Lukas turned away 11 shots.

Goals by Bradley, Wynn and Hamilton staked the Continentals to a 3-0 lead just 2:18 into the first half. Eberle sandwiched two goals around a free-position tally by Hamilton's Julia Rowland '21 and pulled St. Lawrence within two goals at 4-2 with 14:39 to go.

The Continentals gave themselves some breathing room by scoring the next six goals. Courtney Pierre '21 started the run and Gabriel scored the next two for a 7-2 lead with 9:16 left. Simson found Pooley for a goal with 1:47 remaining and Pooley returned the favor to Simson 46 seconds later. Bradley capped the spurt on her fourth goal this year with 14 seconds to go. Hamilton received goals from six different players in the second half.

The Continentals are on the road at nationally ranked No. 12 Amherst College on Sunday, March 24 at noon. The 4-1 Mammoths are the fourth ranked NESCAC team Hamilton has already faced this season.