* 2010 NCAA runners-up
* 2009 NCAA semifinalists
* Three-time NCAA quarterfinalists (2000-01, 2007)
* 23 All-America awards
* 58-8 at home since the start of 2006
* 327 victories all-time
* 2008 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-AmericanThree-year starter Katie D'Antonio '14 leads the Hamilton College women's lacrosse program into yet another season in the ultra-competitive NESCAC in 2014. D'Antonio ranked 10th in the conference last year with 49 points and 36 goals. Hamilton finished 2013 ranked 18th in the Division III Top 20 coaches poll, and the Continentals were one of six NESCAC teams in those final rankings. The team will miss graduated seniors Rachel Friedman '13 and Paige Engeldrum '13. Engeldrum was selected to the NESCAC all-conference first team on defense last year. Friedman was an all-conference pick in 2012 and a two-time all-region honoree, and ended up in third place on the program's all-time list with 179 goals and 235 points.
The NESCAC is one of the top athletic conferences in NCAA Division III, and women's lacrosse is no exception. Four NESCAC teams played in the 2013 NCAA championship, two of those squads advanced to the semifinals and one played for the national championship. The NESCAC boasts seven NCAA titles and eight national runner-up finishes in women's lacrosse. The conference tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA championship.
The Continentals finished with an overall record of 9-8 last year as more than half their games (nine) were against ranked opponents. Hamilton tied for sixth place in the NESCAC standings with a 4-6 conference record and qualified for the NESCAC championship quarterfinals. The Continentals advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year after they upset No. 3 seed Bowdoin College on the road.
On offense, D'Antonio will get help from Margaret Gabriel '16, who scored 17 goals in her first year. Emily Brodsky '14 (15 goals), Lauren Brady '14 (13 goals), Ashleigh Stephan '15 (14 goals), Caroline McCarthy '16 (13 goals) and Kathryn Maiorano '14 (13 points) should provide help in putting the ball in the back of the net. Alice Grant '14, who started all 17 games in 2013, leads the defense. Grant posted 24 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers last year. Kari Koga '15 is the lone returning goalie in 2014. Koga started four games last year and made 26 saves.
With appearances in the NCAA championship every year from 2007 to 2011, including a national title in 2008, Hamilton firmly established itself as a major women's lacrosse power in Division III. The Continentals won 38 straight games at home from April 26, 2006, to May 16, 2010. The team's rich tradition dates back to the program's start in 1979. Hamilton has made 28 postseason appearances, including seven in the NCAA championship, and won more than 300 games. The Continentals are 13-6 in NCAA play and have reached the quarterfinals six times.
Seventeen players have received a total of 23 All-America awards, including two-time first team honorees Sarah Bray '11 and Nicole Tetreault '08, and career goals, assists and points leader Kaillie Briscoe '09. Lauren Sokol '12 was a two-time All-American on the back line and played in the 2012 North-South Senior All-Star Game. Meg Pengue '12 was another recent All-American (2011). Pengue set a program record with 51 caused turnovers in 2011. Head coach Patty Kloidt was selected the 2008 Division III Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).
In 2011, the Continentals won 18 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA championship. Hamilton opened the season with a win against Gettysburg College and the Bullets went on to capture the national championship. Hamilton won 16 straight games at one point, scored 273 goals and allowed just 130 in 20 games.
Twenty-one Hamilton women's lacrosse players made history on May 18, 2008, when the Continentals dominated reigning NCAA Division III champions Franklin & Marshall College by a 13-6 score in a rain-soaked national title game at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Bray was named the most outstanding player of the championship after she posted five goals and one assist against F & M. The amazing run to the championship was no fluke. Hamilton knocked off traditional powerhouse programs Middlebury College and Salisbury University on its way to the final. The Continentals finished their memorable season with a 21-1 mark and set a team record with those 21 victories. The record was matched just two years later when Hamilton won its first 21 games before a one-goal loss against Salisbury in the 2010 NCAA championship game.
Hamilton competed in the Liberty League from 1996 to 2011. The Continentals won six league regular season titles and captured five straight league championship crowns from 2007 to 2011. Bray was selected the league's offensive player of the year in 2011. Pengue was named defensive player of the year and D'Antonio was voted rookie of the year as Hamilton swept the major awards. Tetreault received league player of the year honors in 2007 and 2008, and Liz Longley '07 picked up the hardware in 2006. Kloidt and her coaching staff were honored by the league in 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The Continentals won 49 of their last 50 games against league opponents.
Strong academic performance is important to coach Kloidt. Tetreault was voted a 2008 first team academic All-American on the women's at-large team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Three student-athletes have made CoSIDA's Division III Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team since 2010. In 2013, Friedman was elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. Six players earned a spot on the 2013 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team.
Hamilton plays its home games at Steuben Field on the site's artificial grass surface, which was installed in 2009. The Continentals play six home games in 2014, including the home opener against Colby College on March 8. Other NESCAC home games are against Williams College (April 8), Connecticut College (April 12) and Trinity College (April 19). Hamilton travels to Florida during spring break and plays Amherst College and Babson College.