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Eva Rosencrans '17 and four seniors lead Hamilton College field hockey into 2014. Rosencrans made the 2013 NESCAC All-Conference second team and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) New England West Region All-Region second team after she finished with eight goals and 17 points in her first year with the Continentals. Victoria Trentini '15 led the conference with more than 10 saves per game last year after she ranked fourth in Division III in the same category in 2012. Sam Sherman '15 topped the NESCAC with five defensive saves in 2013 and has a total of 14 the past two years. Nikki Haskins '14 graduated in the spring and ended up in third place on the team's all-time list with 26 goals. Katey Hopper '15 and Gabriele Lenihan '15 join Trentini and Sherman in the senior class.

Hamilton competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference and plays all 10 of the other conference teams. The NESCAC champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA championship. In 2013, three NESCAC teams played in the tournament and one captured the national title. Three NESCAC programs have combined to win six NCAA championships, and seven have made appearances in the tournament. The Continentals host Trinity College (Sept. 6), Connecticut College (Sept. 20), Bowdoin College (Oct. 11), Middlebury College (Oct. 12) and Williams College (Oct. 29) in conference action at Campus Road Athletic Field. Hamilton plays all eight of its home 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 College 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, earned 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. McNally 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 21st 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 fall 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 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 its first postseason contest since 1989 and advanced to their first league 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 2013 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team and seven players earned a spot on the NFHCA National Academic Squad. Hamilton also received the NFHCA National Academic Team Award for the 11th straight year for achieving a team grade point average of 3.0 or better 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.