Field hockey downed by No. 11 William Smith
Nationally ranked No. 11 William Smith College scored four goals in the first half and went on to a 4-1 non-conference win against Hamilton College at William Smith's McCooey Field on Oct. 24.
Margaret McConnell and Sarah Tompson posted one goal and one assist apiece for the Herons, who won their third straight game. Caitlin Moran and Julia Simmons chipped in one goal apiece, and Amy David was credited with one assist. Catherine Hare started in goal and stopped all five shots she faced in the first half. Taryn Little played the entire second half and made three saves.
Charlotte Lescroart '13 scored her first goal this year and the third of her Hamilton career. Aubrey Coon '16 recorded her first collegiate assist. Victoria Trentini '15 made six saves and was relieved by Katie White '16 at halftime. White turned away all five shots she faced.
The Continentals (0-14 overall) came out firing as they earned the first three penalty corners and put the first three shots on goal. But Hare stood tall against the early pressure.
William Smith (14-2) finally broke through with 15:55 left in the half when Simmons deflected David's shot at the back post for her ninth goal of the season. Five minutes later, Tompson unleashed a screaming shot from the left wing that hit the backboard for a 2-0 advantage. The penalty corner score was set up by McConnell.
With just under five minutes to go in the half, McConnell hammered a shot from the top of the circle for her eighth goal of the year. The Herons carried a 4-0 lead into the break thanks to Moran's first tally of the year with 1:37 remaining. Tompson drove a shot from the top of the circle that Moran got a stick on right in front of the cage, and lifted the ball into the top netting.
Hamilton broke up the shutout bid with 12:17 left in the second half when Lescroart converted a penalty corner shot. William Smith enjoyed a 19-9 shot advantage, and both teams were awarded eight penalty corners.
This was the final game of 2012 for the Continentals.