April 24, 2009

New Boss?: Dutchwomen Shatter Hamilton

from press releases

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Chelsea Charette scored five goals and added two assists to lead the Union College women's lacrosse team, ranked #9 nationally, to a stunning 15-4 Liberty League victory over #6 Hamilton at Frank Bailey Field Friday afternoon. The Dutchwomen, winners of 10 straight, improved to 12-2 and are now 7-0 and the lone leaders in the league standings with one game remaining. The Continentals, the defending NCAA Champions, fell to 11-2 overall and 6-1 in the league.

Union can clinch the league outright, and thus the host honors for next weekend's tournament, with a home win over William Smith Saturday. 

Union got three goals and an assist from Kristin Joyce while Allie Cuozzo and Tory Arnold each had two goals. Jill LaForest, Hilary Salander and Liz Zamore each scored one for the Dutchwomen.  

Hamilton got single goals from Kate Marek (Alexandria, VA), Ashley Allen (South Portland, ME), Hilary Saverin (New Canaan, CT) and Liz Rave (Huntington, NY).

Union goaltender Cat Ruggiero made 10 saves while Kate Fowler (Branford, CT) stopped four. Union had a 22-19 shot advantage and won 14 of the 21 draw controls on the day. The guests had 11 of 14 clears and Union converted seven of nine. The Dutchwomen forced 15 turnovers.

Joyce opened the scoring just 15 seconds into the game on a free position goal, and after three straight by Charette Union had a 4-0 lead with 7:19 left in the first half. Arnold made it 5-0 at 2:56 before Hamilton got on the board with Rave's 31st of the year with 2:07 left. Hamilton was hindered by the loss of top scorer Kaillie Briscoe (Orangeville, ONT). She took a yellow card at 16:30, and then her second with 8:27 left removed her from the contest.

The Dutchwomen then exploded for the next eight tallies of the game. They forced the running clock with the 10 goal lead with Joyce notched her 46th of the year at 19:26, and Charette later added her 37th of the season. 

Hamilton plays Saturday at Skidmore while Union will host William Smith (2 p.m.).

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