Hamilton tames the No. 24 Thoroughbreds with 10 first-half goals

Charlotte Wynn ’20 (Josh McKee photo)
Charlotte Wynn ’20 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals scored 10 goals in the first half and went on to upend the nationally ranked No. 24 Skidmore College Thoroughbreds 12-7 in a non-conference game at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Thursday evening.

Olivia Seymour '22 led Hamilton (4-3 overall) with a season-high three goals. Skyler Simson '20 recorded her two goals and one assist in the first half alone. Eva Abel '22, Lauren Hamilton '22 and Tessa Ryan '21 each scored twice, and Ryan added three draw controls. Charlotte Wynn '20 recorded two assists, four ground balls, five draw controls and two caused turnovers. Kara Pooley '19 tallied one goal, one assist, four draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers.

Hannah Burrall '19 made six saves in 55-plus minutes while causing one turnover and scooping up three ground balls. Emma Knoll '20 matched a career best with four ground balls, Sarah Moore '22 caused three turnovers, and Maya Cote '19 and Sophie Cote '21 had two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Skidmore (5-3) was guided on offense by Cas Szwajkowski and her three goals. Just five days ago, Szwajkowski tied a program record with nine goals in a single game against Rochester Institute of Technology. Grace Connerty scored twice and Shelby Boland had one goal and one assist. Natalie LaBeau led the defense with five ground balls and four caused turnovers, and Caroline Kenlon finished with 13 saves including nine in the second half.

The Continentals scored four unanswered goals in a span of three minutes to build a 4-0 cushion in the first half. Seymour got it started at 27:34 off a feed from Wynn. Pooley found Lauren Hamilton 34 seconds later for her first goal of the night. Ryan followed with her 10th goal of the season, and Lauren Hamilton scored her second on a free-position shot at 24:33.

Skidmore got back to within three goals at 6-3 with 9:33 left in the half on two goals by Szwajkowski and one by Connerty. Hamilton tallied four more goals while holding the visitors scoreless in the final 9:30 of the first half for a comfortable 10-3 halftime lead.

Pooley's 80th goal of her collegiate career gave Hamilton an 8-3 lead with 8:31 remaining. Pooley received the ball at the top of the arc, beat her defender down the left side and tucked the ball inside the near post.

The Thoroughbreds outscored the Continentals 4-2 in the second half, including a woman-down goal at 26:11 and a woman-up goal at 3:23. Seymour gave Hamilton a 12-5 advantage with 4:49 remaining when Pooley served the ball to Julia Rowland '21 cutting towards the crease. Two defenders quickly swarmed Rowland but her quick shovel pass allowed Seymour to one-time the ball into the nylon.

The Continentals return to NESCAC play on Saturday, March 30 when they host No. 21 Bates College at 11 a.m. on Steuben Field.