The Hamilton offense lost 2009 All-American Erin McNally '12 and Mary Lancaster '12 to graduation. McNally 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 with 62 points and tied for second with 24 assists on the team's all-time list. Lancaster ended up fourth with 23 career goals. Nikki Haskins '14 ranked seventh in the NESCAC with 11 goals and tied for 11th place with 24 points last year. Haskins is already fifth in program history with 21 goals. Caroline Clarke '14 and Gabriele Lenihan '15 should help as well.
On defense, Marisa Spagnolo '12 is gone after a solid career that was capped by all-region and all-conference honors in 2011. Cairns returns after she started all 15 games last year, and Madison Molho '14 started five games in the back. Victoria Trentini '15 (2.32 gaa, .770 save pct.) ranked third in the NESCAC with 117 saves and played every minute of every game in the cage as a rookie.
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 for a career on the NCAA Division III 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 defeated St. Lawrence University 1-0 to advance to their first championship game. McDonald and 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 ended the season ranked 10th in the region 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 2011, and eight players earned a spot on the NFHCA Division III Academic Squad. Hamilton also received the NFHCA National Academic Team Award for the ninth 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.