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Eight starters return in 2013 for the Hamilton College field hockey program as the Continentals aim to rebound from last year. Victoria Trentini '15 ranked fourth in NCAA Division III last season with 13.21 saves per game and Sam Sherman '15 was 16th nationally with nine defensive saves. The team welcomes back Nikki Haskins '14, who scored a total of 21 goals in her first two seasons, but missed her entire junior year due to injury. Hamilton struggled in 2012 with a grueling schedule that included six ranked opponents and another team that won a first round game in the NCAA championship. The Continentals' last home game this year -- against 2012 national champion Tufts University -- will be the 500th game in program history.

Hamilton competes in the NESCAC and plays all 10 of the other conference teams. The NESCAC champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA championship. In 2012, three NESCAC teams advanced to the quarterfinals of the national tournament. Three NESCAC programs have combined to win five national titles, and seven have appeared in the NCAA championship. The Continentals host Bates College (Sept. 14), Wesleyan University (Sept. 28), Amherst College (Oct. 5), Colby College (Oct. 19) and Tufts (Oct. 26) in conference action at Campus Road Athletic Field. Hamilton plays half its 14 games on a lighted, all-weather AstroTurf field.

Hamilton competed in the NESCAC for the first time in 2011, and qualified for the conference championship quarterfinals. One of the highlights was a 2-1 victory against nationally ranked Amherst on Sept. 24. The Continentals were members of the Liberty League from 1995 to 2010.

The Class of 2012 was responsible for 38 wins, including two in the postseason, and the program's first NCAA Division III championship appearance in 2009. That class played in the postseason all four years, won a conference regular season title in 2009 and posted a team-record 13 wins in 2010. 2009 All-American Erin McNally '12 was on the North Atlantic Region all-region team all four years, and was NESCAC all-conference at midfield in 2011. She finished her career ranked third on the team's all-time list with 62 points and tied for second with 24 assists. Mary Lancaster '12 ended up fourth with 23 career goals. Marisa Spagnolo '12 capped her career with all-region and all-conference honors for her work on defense.

2010 All-America forward Colleen Callaghan '11 enjoyed one of the best careers in program history. Callaghan holds team records for most goals, assists and points in a career, and most goals and points in a season. She tied the team record for assists in a season and is ranked ninth in assists per game on the NCAA Division III career list.

The Continentals set team records for wins and goals (55) in 2010. Hamilton finished second in the Liberty League standings at 6-1, and made its third straight trip to the league championship. In the semifinals, the Continentals edged William Smith College 2-1 in double overtime at home. Hamilton went on to lose to Skidmore College in the championship game for the second year in a row. The Continentals ended up at No. 15 in the final coaches poll, and Callaghan played in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Senior Game in November.

2009 started with a pair of four-goal wins and ended with the team's first trip to the NCAA championship. Despite a loss in the first round of the national tournament, the year was anything but a disappointment. The Continentals finished with an overall mark of 12-5, and earned a share of the league's regular season title for the first time. The team hosted a postseason contest for the first time since 1989, and advanced to their first championship game with a 1-0 win against St. Lawrence University. McDonald and former assistant Cheryl Casey received league co-coaching staff of the year honors, and McNally became the second All-American in program history.

Hamilton finished 2008 with an overall record of 8-7 and qualified for the four-team league tournament for the first time. During the regular season, the Continentals shut out a Rensselaer team that was nationally ranked at the time, and won a thrilling overtime contest at William Smith that clinched the team's first postseason appearance since 1995.

The program was started in 1978 and won four games that fall. Hamilton posted a record of 8-6 the following year in the first season of playing a full varsity schedule. The Continentals reached new heights in 1990 and 1991 when they won 10 games each year. The 1991 team was ranked 10th in the region at the end of the season, and featured third team All-America goalkeeper Anne Hughes '92. Hughes allowed just seven goals on 77 shots for a .909 save percentage and owned a stingy 0.62 goals against average.

Strong academic performance is an integral part of the program. Four student-athletes made the NESCAC fall all-academic team in 2012, and eight players earned a spot on the NFHCA Division III Academic Squad. Hamilton also received the NFHCA National Academic Team Award for the 10th straight year for achieving a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the first semester of the academic year. Callaghan made the 2010 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team for the District I College Division.