|Hamilton College||Colby College|
WATERVILLE, Maine — Hamilton College scored twice in each half to win for the 10th time this season in a 4-1 victory over Colby College in NESCAC field hockey at Bill Alfond Field on Saturday.
The Continentals (10-4 overall, 7-3 NESCAC) came into the game as one of the hottest teams in the country. Hamilton has knocked off Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Amherst.
Colby is still alive for the eighth and final NESCAC playoff spot. The Mules (6-8, 2-7 NESCAC) play at Bates College on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Bobcats are 3-6 in the league and Connecticut College is 2-7. If the Mules beat Bates and Connecticut College defeats Wesleyan, there would be a three-way tie at 3-7 for the final spot.
The Continentals led 2-0 at halftime and both goals came in the opening 20 minutes. Michaela Giuttari scored at 8:27 when she stuffed in her own rebound after goalkeeper Riley Whitmyer made a nice stop. The play started off a long pass from Lizzie Clarke.
Giuttari had some nice stick work on the second goal as she pushed past a Colby defender in the area and found Tatiana Bradley near the right post for the one-timer goal.
Emma Anderson made it 3-0 at 59:05 in the second half. After taking a penalty corner, Anderson stepped back out on the field and tipped in a shot by Lizzie Clarke.
Anderson then had an assist on Hamilton’s fourth goal by Margaret Revera on another penalty corner at 63:34. Anderson pushed the pass to Revera on the near side and she smacked a long shot for the score.
Meredith Keenan scored the lone goal for Colby with 5:39 to play. Hamilton failed to clear a ball and Keenan ripped a shot from just inside the circle.
Julia Booth stopped six shots for the Continentals, while Riley Whitmyer made 18 saves. Hamilton had a 33-16 margin in shots and a 13-5 edge in penalty corners.