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Liz Rave '10 celebrates a Hamilton goal in the first half
Liz Rave '10 celebrates a Hamilton goal in the first half
PHOTO: RYAN MURRAY

Women's lacrosse advances to NCAA Division III championship final

Contact Paige Mullin (315) 859-4535
Posted May 22, 2010
Tags Women's Lacrosse
Hamilton College advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship game for the second time in the last three years, as the Continentals defeated Franklin & Marshall College 12-7 in a 2010 semifinal at Gettysburg College’s Clark Field on May 22.
 
The Continentals (21-0 overall) remain the only undefeated lacrosse team in all three NCAA divisions and across both genders. Franklin & Marshall finished its season with a 16-4 overall record.
 
Hamilton will face Salisbury University in the championship final, which will begin at noon on Sunday, May 23, at Clark Field. The game will air live on CBS College Sports Network.

The Continentals were playing in the national semifinals for the third straight year. In 2009, Franklin & Marshall defeated Hamilton in the semifinal. The Continentals defeated the Diplomats for the national title in 2008.
 
Anne Graveley ’11 scored two goals and earned two assists for Hamilton. Audrey Nebergall ’10 and Rachel Friedman ’13 contributed two goals apiece. Sarah Bray ’11 scored one goal, tallied two assists, won three draw controls and caused two turnovers. Nine different Continentals scored at least one goal.

Kate Fowler ’10
made four saves in the second half and finished with a total of five. Lauren Sokol '12 picked up a team-high three ground balls and won three draw controls.
 
Bray gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead 2 minutes, 29 seconds in. Fowler sent a pass ahead to Bray for a successful clear. Bray then carried the ball into the offensive zone, made a spin move in the 8-meter and sent a high shot into the back of the net.
 
Franklin & Marshall tied the score at the 26:28 mark. The Continentals took control of the game by scoring the next five goals. Friedman scored both of hers during the run. 

With 23:40 left, Friedman took the ball into the offensive zone after a clear, made a move around a defender and fired a shot into the goal. Graveley gave Hamilton a 3-1 lead with her 40th goal of the season. She sent a rocket into the back of the net from the 8-meter. The Continentals came close to scoring again when Mariah Monks ‘13 fired a free-position shot that hit the right post at 17:40.
 
Libby Schultz ‘12 scored her 29th goal of the year with 15:58 left to put Hamilton up 4-1. Graveley came around the left side of the goal and passed to Schultz who found the back of the net on a high shot from just outside the crease.
 
The Continentals took a 5-1 lead at 14:57. Graveley carried the ball into the offensive zone after a clear and passed to Hilary Saverin ‘10, who scored from the left side from about five yards out.
 
Friedman stretched Hamilton’s lead to five with her second goal of the game and 41st of the year at 13:52. Friedman carried the ball to the top of the 8-meter, made a spin move and took a shot that bounced into the goal.
 
Franklin & Marshall scored the next two goals to get within three. The Diplomats sent a shot into the back of the goal at the 12:15 mark, and then again with 8:26 left in the first half to make it 6-3.
 
Hamilton took a 7-3 lead on Nebergall's 35th goal of the year. Bray had the ball behind the goal and sent a jump pass that found Nebergall just outside the crease for a one-timer to give Hamilton the four-goal lead.
 
Nebergall put the Continentals up by five at the half with her 36th goal with just eight seconds left. Nebergall picked up a loose ball left of the goal, and fired a shot past the F&M goalie from the edge of the crease. The Continentals outshot the Diplomats 13-4 in the first half, and held a 9-3 advantage in draw controls.
 
The Continentals started the second half with a goal 3:21 in. Bray sent a pass from behind the goal to Graveley who shot the ball in one motion from just outside the crease. Just 37 seconds later, Rave scored her 43rd goal of the year on a free-position shot from the left side to give Hamilton its largest lead of the game at 10-3.
 
With 18:24 left, F&M fired a shot into the goal, but it was disallowed due to a crease violation. The Diplomats rallied with back-to-back goals. Franklin & Marshall made the score 10-4 at 18:24, and cut its deficit to five with 17:48 left.
 
Hamilton opened its lead back up to six as Kate Otley ‘12 sliced down the middle of the arc and sent a high shot into the back of the net from seven yards out at the 15:41 mark. Franklin & Marshall capitalized on a free-position opportunity to make the score 11-6 at 14:51. The Diplomats climbed within four goals 24 seconds later.
 
With 5:20 remaining, Ashley Allen ’12 scored her 15th goal of the season. Allen came across from the left side and sent a high shot into the net from seven yards out to clinch the victory.

The Continentals enjoyed a 28-14 advantage in shots. Hamilton dominated with 13 draw controls while the Diplomats won eight. Franklin & Marshall held a slight 18-17 edge in ground balls. Hamilton was successful on all 21 of its clear attempts, while the Diplomats were successful on 15 of 20.
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