Field hockey explodes for four goals in win
Mary Lancaster '12 scored two goals to lead Hamilton College to a 4-1 non-conference win against SUNY Geneseo at Hamilton's Campus Road Athletic Field on Oct. 11.
Lancaster leads the Continentals with eight goals in 2011, and she is in fourth place on the program's career list with 23. Caitlin Livsey '12 notched her second goal and Nikki Haskins '14 added her seventh. Haskins and Lancaster are tied for the team lead with 16 points apiece.
Erin McNally '12 was credited with two assists and Erin Bessette-Kirton '12 had one. McNally is tied for second all-time in assists at Hamilton with 24, and is tied for third all-time in points with 60. Victoria Trentini '15 made four saves.
Kayla DeAngelis '14 scored her team-best 10th goal, and Kerry Hosford '14 picked up her fourth assist this year for Geneseo. DeAngelis leads the Blue Knights with 27 points.
The Continentals (5-4 overall) grabbed a 1-0 lead on Livsey's goal after a nice pass from McNally with 16:05 left in the first half. Lancaster made it 2-0 nearly five minutes later. McNally took a shot that was blocked, and Lancaster was there to whack the loose ball past Geneseo goalie Nicole Zito '13. Hamilton led 2-0 at the break.
The Blue Knights (7-6) cut their deficit in half just 2 minutes, 41 seconds into the second half. Hosford played the ball into the goal mouth and DeAngelis one-timed the pass into the back of the cage.
Haskins restored the Continentals' two-goal cushion with 26:49 remaining. On a penalty corner, Bessette-Kirton took the entry and passed over to McNally on the right, who unloaded a hard shot towards the cage. Haskins deflected the ball as it whizzed by, and redirected it past Zito.
Lancaster accounted for the final margin during another flurry in front of the cage following a penalty corner. McNally hammered a shot that was blocked, and the ball bounced over to the left side of the cage. Lancaster took a shot that was kicked away by Zito. A number of players hacked at the loose ball and it ended up back over by Lancaster, who swept the ball into the cage.
Hamilton held a 13-12 edge in shots. Geneseo was awarded six penalty corners to three for the Continentals. The all-time series is tied at six wins apiece, but Hamilton has won the last four meetings by a combined score of 17-4.
The Continentals travel to nationally ranked No. 3 and undefeated Bowdoin College for a NESCAC game on Saturday, Oct. 15. The Blue Knights travel to SUNY New Paltz on Friday, Oct. 14.