Utica holds off Hamilton for 2-1 field hockey win
The Hamilton College Continentals gave up a pair of second-half goals and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Utica College Pioneers (12-3 overall) in a non-conference game at Hamilton's rainy Campus Road Athletic Field on Oct. 23.
Louise Steele-Norton ’15 and Alaina Stojkovski ’15 scored for the Pioneers, who withstood a pair of scoring opportunities by the Continentals in the final 90 seconds. A Hamilton shot went past goaltender Kells Casey (six saves) with 1:22 left in the second half but after a conference between the officials, the shot was ruled to have come from outside the circle. The second chance came after a Utica infraction in the final seconds led to Hamilton’s 10th penalty corner. Eva Rosencrans ’17 played the ball to Sam Sherman ’15, whose shot bounded just outside the left post.
Katey Hopper ’15 opened the scoring for the Continentals with 2:37 left in the first half. Hopper took the ball off a defender’s stick and beat Casey for her first goal of the year.
Steele-Norton tied the score 7 minutes, 5 seconds into the second half with her 14th goal of the season after she dribbled around goaltender Victoria Trentini ‘15, who had stopped her initial shot. Trentini finished with six saves.
Stojkovski converted a pass from Emily Gascon ’17 at 53:34 for her third game-winning goal of the season (and eighth goal overall). Gascon’s assist was her fourth. Utica improved its win streak to four games.
Hamilton outshot the Pioneers 14-13, including a 9-3 advantage in the first half. The Continentals were awarded 10 penalty corners to four for Utica.
Hamilton returns to NESCAC play on Saturday, Oct. 26, against nationally ranked No. 3 Tufts University at noon. Utica hosts Washington & Jefferson College for an Empire 8 Conference game at 11 a.m. Saturday.