No. 3 women's lacrosse blanks Vassar in league opener
Rachel Friedman '13 scored four goals and had three assists to lead nationally ranked No. 3 Hamilton College to an 18-0 rout of Vassar College in a Liberty League women's lacrosse game at Hamilton's Steuben Field on April 8.
Sam Elie '12 needed to make just two saves to post her first shutout with the Continentals. Elie lowered her goals against average to 6.86. Vassar came into the contest averaging nearly 12 goals per game. Hamilton's last shutout was on April 10, 2010, when the Continentals defeated Clarkson University 17-0 at home.
Friedman leads the team with 30 goals. Sarah Bray '11 chipped in two goals, three assists and five draw controls. Bray's first point of the afternoon was the 200th of her Hamilton career. She is one of four players in program history to reach the milestone. Bray leads the team with 20 assists and 36 points.
Martha Plack '14 came off the bench to post three goals and two assists. Plack entered the contest with three goals. Hannah Hoar '13, Kathryn Maiorano '14 and Mariah Monks '13 added two goals each. Maiorano's goals were the first ones of her collegiate career.
Libby Schultz '12, Anne Graveley '11 and Kate Otley '12 finished with one goal each. Ashley Allen '12, Becca Green '11 and Amy Marchesi '13 were credited with one assist each. Marchesi's assist was her first with the Continentals.
Otley and Paige Engeldrum '13 scooped up four ground balls apiece. Hoar won four draw controls and caused two turnovers. Lauren Sokol '12 and Maiorano picked up three ground balls.
Elizabeth Annis '13 paced the Brewers with two ground balls and two draw controls. Nicole Engelhardt '11 started in goal and made two saves in 15-plus minutes. Heather Kesselman '12 relieved Engelhardt and stopped six shots.
Hoar scored the first goal just 67 seconds into the first half, and Plack made the score 10-0 on an assist from Marchesi with 14:27 left in the half. Hamilton led 14-0 at the break. Maiorano, Plack, Bray and Monks scored one goal each in the second half. Monks' third goal this year put the finishing touches on the shutout with 2:03 remaining.
The Continentals (6-1 overall, 1-0 Liberty) won their fourth straight game, and their 42nd in the last 43 at home. Hamilton has won all 14 meetings with Vassar. The Continentals enjoyed a 32-5 shot advantage, and picked up 26 ground balls to nine for the Brewers. Hamilton was a perfect 12 of 12 on clear attempts.
Vassar (4-5, 0-3) committed 22 turnovers and was successful on just 8 of 16 clears. The Brewers had one last chance to spoil the shutout with eight seconds left, but a shot by Annis sailed wide of the goal.
The Continentals host Rensselaer for another league game on Saturday, April 9. Vassar plays Rensselaer at home on Saturday, April 16.