Women's lacrosse ends 2019 with a one-goal loss at No. 21 Ithaca

Tessa Ryan '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Tessa Ryan '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Ithaca College's Elizabeth Rice scored the game-winner on a free-position shot with 1:53 left and the nationally ranked No. 21 Bombers posted a 14-13 non-conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Ithaca's Higgins Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Hamilton concludes its season with an overall mark of 5-10. Eleven of the Continentals' opponents were nationally ranked and 10 of those opponents are still part of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Top 25 Poll. The win improves the Bombers' record to 11-5.

Ithaca tied the score twice in the second half at 8-8 and 9-9. Hamilton's Tessa Ryan '21 tied it at 10-10 with a free-position goal, and Tatiana Bradley '19 received a pass from Honor Gabriel '21 and scored to make it 13-13 with 4:10 left. Hamilton had one last possession to try to send the game to overtime after Rice's goal, but a shot by Olivia Seymour '22 sailed just high of the crossbar.

The Continentals had an 8-7 edge at the half. The contest featured four ties and neither team led by more than two goals for the final 39 minutes.

Ryan guided Hamilton with three goals and added one assist and four draw controls. In true form, Kara Pooley '19 filled the stat sheet by racking up two goals, two ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Skyler Simson '20 and Charlotte Wynn '20 scored two goals apiece, and Gabriel tallied one goal and two assists. Hannah Burrall '19 made nine saves in goal.

Leading the way for Ithaca was Rice's six-goal performance. Jacqui Hallack recorded three goals, five draw controls and two caused turnovers, and Reid Simoncini grabbed a game-high eight draw controls. Mackenzie Schade stopped seven shots and Molly Nodiff led the Bombers' defense with three caused tunovers and four ground balls.

Six turnovers were committed during the opening five minutes before Hamilton scored three straight unassisted goals by Ryan, Pooley and Sarah Moore '22. Ryan collected a pass on the left side of the attack area, deked around the defender and fired a shot into the upper corner at 24:24. Pooley quickly made it a two-goal game after she controlled the draw and sped down the field for an easy goal. Moore gave Hamilton a 3-0 lead at the 22:54 mark.

Rice put Ithaca on the scoreboard at 22:22 when she received a pass outside the crease area and laced a shot between Burrall's outreached stick and the right post. Pooley won possession on the ensuing draw control that she took, outraced her defender on the left side and fired a low shot into the opposite corner for a 4-1 advantage. Wynn extended Hamilton's lead to 5-1 with a free-position goal at 21:49.

Ithaca scored three straight goals at 20:45, 15:31 and 12:46 to get back to within one at 5-4. Back-to-back goals by Simson gave Hamilton a 7-4 cushion with 10:48 remaining in the first half, but Ithaca outscored the Continentals 3-1 in the last 10 minutes.