Field hockey holds off Rensselaer to start 2015
Hamilton College's Casey Brown '16 and Margaret Revera '18 scored one goal apiece in the Continentals' 2-1 non-conference victory against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hamilton's Campus Road Athletic Complex on Wednesday night.
The Continentals (1-0 overall) played on their new field for the first time after it was completed in late July. Rensselaer (3-1) lost for the first time after opening the season with three straight wins.
Brown gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead with 12:38 left in the first half when her shot from the right side beat the goalkeeper to the lower left corner. The Continentals maintained the one-goal lead into the half.
Revera gave Hamilton a two-goal cushion just 1:14 into the second half. She took a pass from Merisa Dion '17 off a penalty corner and hammered a shot from the top of the circle.
Eva Rosencrans '17 nearly made it 3-0 for the hosts with 17 minutes to go but her shot was stopped by defender Mac Reininger '18.
Mikaela DiBello '19 ended the Continentals' shutout bid with 4:26 remaining when she scored an unassisted goal -- her first this season. DiBello's original shot was stopped but she collected the rebound and scored from the right side.
Julia Booth '19 made four saves in her first collegiate start for Hamilton. Rachel Kaufman '19, who has played all but one period this year, turned away five shots.
The Continentals held an 18-12 shot advantage while Rensselaer held a 7-5 edge in corners. Hamilton leads the all-time series, 14-10. This was the first time the teams had played each other since 2010 when the Continentals were still in the Liberty League for field hockey.
Hamilton hosts Bates College for a NESCAC game on Saturday, Sept. 12, at noon. The Engineers host Utica College in another non-conference contest on Saturday at 1 p.m.