April 2, 2010

No. 3 Hamilton Routs RPI, 17-7

from press release

TROY, N.Y. – Eight different players tallied at least two goals, led by six points from junior Sarah Bray, as third-ranked Hamilton College defeated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 17-7, in the Liberty League opener for both teams. The Continentals improve to 7-0 on the season, while the Engineers fall to 3-3 overall.

Hamilton got things going quickly in the first half of action, jumping out to a 3-0 lead within the first five minutes of the contest, including the first goal by Hilary Saverin (New Canaan, CT/The Taft School) just 58 seconds in. The Engineers finally got on the board at 23:55 behind a tally from junior Stephanie Caouette (Wynantskill, NY/Columbia), but the Continentals rebounded and once again regained the three-goal advantage (4-1) as Bray (Rockville, MD/Connelly School of the Holy) dished a pass over to Anne Graveley (Queensbury, NY/Queesbury) for the third of her game-best six assists on the day.

Despite trading goals mid-way through the frame, Hamilton was able to take control in the final three minutes as Bray and Saverin, who had a game-high three goals, scored to make it a 7-3 lead for the visitors heading into the second half.

Freshman Shannon Maguire (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) pulled RPI to within three (7-4) to start the second stanza, scoring on the free position, but the Continentals recovered quickly with a pair of goals from sophomore Libby Schultz (Troy, NY/Emma Willard School) and Saverin to make it a 9-4 game with 24:54 left.

Rensselaer’s Alissa Peterson (Gaithersburg, MD/Quince Orchard) was able to cut the deficit to 9-5 at 24:19, but Hamilton went on a 4-0 run to open up a 13-5 advantage with 18:39 left in the contest. Down 14-6 with just over 12 minutes to play, junior Afton Marshall (Windham, NH/Salem) pulled RPI to within seven (14-7), but the Continentals tacked on three more goals, including two from sophomore Kate Otley (Cumberland, ME/Greely) to close out the scoring.

In addition to Bray, who also had two goals to go along with six assists, Hamilton saw Graveley add two goals and an assist. Freshman Rachel Friedman (Fairfield, CT), senior Liz Rave (Huntington, NY/Huntington Public Schools), Otley, Schultz and sophomore Ashley Allen (South Portland, ME/Waynflete School) also had two goals apiece.

Senior goalie Kate Fowler (Branford, CT/Wilton) made four saves in 50:29 to improve to 7-0 on the season. She was replaced in the final 9:31 by sophomore Samantha Elie (Massapequa, NY/Farmingdale), who made one save.

For Rensselaer, Caouette tallied a game-high three goals, while Peterson had two goals and two assists. Marshall added a tally and a helper for the Engineers, which saw senior Ariana Hood (Severn, MD/Old Mill) fall to 3-3 on the season, stopping eight shots in 41:50. Freshman Allie Arnal (Lakewood, NY/Phillips Exeter Academy) came on for the final 18:10 and made two saves.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Rensselaer hosts William Smith at 2pm on Renwyck Field. Hamilton heads to Vassar for a 2pm conference match-up against the Brewers in Poughkeepsie.

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