Women's lacrosse shuts down Oneonta in second half

Tatiana Bradley '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Tatiana Bradley '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Tatiana Bradley '19 tied a career high with three goals and the Continentals pulled away in the second half for a 17-7 non-conference win against the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons at Oneonta's Red Dragon Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Hamilton (3-3 overall) allowed just one goal in the second half and gave up two goals in the last 45 minutes. Hannah Burrall '19 started in goal and made six saves in 48-plus minutes. Megan O'Hara '21 relieved Burrall with 11:52 left and stopped one shot.

The Continentals trailed 5-3 with 15:57 remaining in the first half but dominated the action the rest of the way. Hamilton held a commanding 43-19 shot advantage and scooped up 26 ground balls to the Red Dragons' 12. Oneonta (4-4) committed 28 turnovers and was successful on 11 of 27 clear attempts.

Nine Continentals recorded more than one point. Kara Pooley '19 enjoyed a fine all-around game with four points on a goal and three assists, a season-high seven draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Pooley leads the team with 13 assists and 22 points. Honor Gabriel '21 and Julia Rowland '21 chipped in two goals and an assist apiece, Lauren Hamilton '22 and Tessa Ryan '21 scored two goals apiece, Olivia Seymour '22 and Charlotte Wynn '20 registered a goal and an assist apiece, and Courtney Pierre '21 was credited with two helpers. Wynn has scored a team-high 10 goals. Emma Knoll '20 collected four ground balls and Gabby O'Brien '19 led the defense with three caused turnovers.

Kelsey Cohen paced the Red Dragons with four goals and an assist, Sophia Calabrese added a goal, two assists and seven draw controls, and Deirdre Buckley contributed a goal and an assist. Christina Torzilli led the defense with three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Melissa Marry caused a pair of turnovers. Jaclyn Marry turned away 16 shots.

Ryan tied the score at 5-5 on a free-position goal with 12:52 to go while Oneonta was a player down due to a yellow card. She put Hamilton in the lead for good 3:40 later after receiving a pass from Gabriel while the Red Dragons were down a player again.

Ryan's goals may have given the Continentals the advantage but they gained the momentum in the final minute of the first half. Cohen pulled Oneonta within a goal at 7-6 with 4:50 left and Hamilton's O'Brien was sent off with a yellow card with 1:08 remaining. Undaunted, Bradley scored twice for the Continentals in the final 20.3 seconds. She scored her second goal with 4.1 seconds to go on a feed from Wynn and Hamilton took a 9-6 cushion into the break.

The Continentals poured it on in the second half, eventually triggering the running clock after they went up by 10 goals with 5:35 left. Gabriel sandwiched two goals around a tally by Hamilton and the Continentals led 12-6 with 25:25 remaining. Pooley found Seymour for a goal with 16:38 to go and Rowland fed Bradley with 11:52 left while the Red Dragons were down a player for the third time. Sarah Moore '22 scored on a free-position shot and Rowland made it 16-6 on an assist from Seymour. Oneonta finally scored again with 16 seconds remaining.

Hamilton returns home for another non-conference game against nationally ranked No. 24 Skidmore College on Thursday, March 28 at 5 p.m.