No. 11 women's lacrosse drops shootout at Oneonta

Ashleigh Stephan '15
Ashleigh Stephan '15

SUNY Oneonta's Caroline Tulley scored four goals and added two assists and the Red Dragons handed nationally ranked No. 11 Hamilton College its first setback with a 16-13 non-conference victory at Oneonta's All College Field on March 20.

Kiera McNally also scored four goals for the Red Dragons. Jillian Donodeo chipped in three goals and four caused turnovers. Casey Sarle tallied two goals and won five draw controls. Chelsea Collins posted one goal and three assists, Nicole Boylan registered one goal and one helper and Nikki Fioretti added a goal. Marissa Makar scooped up five ground balls and Laura Grose made six saves.

Ashleigh Stephan '15 paced Hamilton with three goals, one assist and three ground balls. Lauren Brady '14, Rachel Friedman '13, Caroline McCarthy '16 and Madison Beres '15 scored two goals each. Katie D'Antonio '14 finished with one goal and one assist, Sara Berthiaume '15 had a goal and Margaret Gabriel '16 was credited with an assist.

Gabriel, Friedman and Hannah Withiam '16 won four draw controls each for the Continentals. Paige Engeldrum '13 picked up three ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers. Kari Koga '15 made her first career start in goal and made 10 saves. Regular starter Dewi Caswell '14, who is ranked 13th in Division III in save percentage, was injured and did not play.

Oneonta (4-1 overall) led 7-3 and 8-4 in the first half, but Hamilton rallied to tie the score just before the break. Stephan found Friedman for a goal that made the score 9-9 just 3 seconds before halftime.

McNally put the Red Dragons back on top 10-9 on a goal with 23:30 left in the second half. Beres and Friedman responded with goals for the Continentals and Hamilton led 11-10 with 21:14 remaining. Oneonta tied the score on a goal by Donodeo 32 seconds later.

The Continentals (3-1) went back in front on a goal by Stephan with 16:54 left. McNally scored on a feed from Tulley a little more than two minutes later and it was tied again at 12-12. Hamilton took its last lead on Stephan's third goal of the day with 13:59 remaining.

The Red Dragons recorded the upset by scoring the final four goals. Fioretti tied the score one more time on an assist from Tulley with 12:57 left, and Sarle's goal with 8:50 remaining put Oneonta in the lead for good. Tulley and Donodeo added two insurance goals down the stretch.

The Red Dragons held a 33-24 shot advantage, and picked up 27 ground balls to 18 for the Continentals. Hamilton had just 13 successful clears out of 21 attempts.

The Continentals host No. 9 Bowdoin College in NESCAC action on Friday, March 22.

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