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The nationally ranked No. 16 Hamilton College Continentals closed out their spring trip with a 9-6 NESCAC loss against the No. 8 Amherst College Lord Jeffs in Clermont, Fla., on Thursday afternoon.

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All three losses for the Continentals (2-3, 1-3 NESCAC) have come to nationally ranked opponents. After Amherst (5-0, 3-0) scored the first four goals, the Continentals pulled within 4-3 with 9:45 left in the half. The Lord Jeffs scored the last two goals before intermission and led by at least two goals for the rest of the afternoon.

Casey File ’17 put Hamilton on the board 12:53 in with her fifth goal of the spring and Kathryn Maiorano ’14 followed with a pair of goals to cut Amherst’s lead to a goal. Free-position goals 1:14 apart by Meghan Mills ’15 and Krista Zsitvay ’14 gave the Lord Jeffs a 6-3 halftime lead.

Zsitvay scored the first goal of the second half to stretch Amherst’s lead to four. Katie D’Antonio ’14 followed with her seventh goal for Hamilton and Nora Klemmer ’17 notched her third before Amherst sealed the win with two of the game’s final three goals. Emily Brodsky ’14 closed out Hamilton’s scoring, collecting her team-leading eighth goal with 2:26 left.

Margaret Gabriel ’16 assisted on two of Hamilton’s first-half goals, raising her total to a team-high six. D’Antonio finished with a goal – the 93rd of her career – and an assist. File led the Continentals with a season-high four draw controls and Alice Grant ‘14, Ann Pooley ’16 and Hannah Withiam ’16 picked up two ground balls each. Kari Koga ’15 stopped six shots for Hamilton.

Mills led all players with three goals and three ground balls, Rachel Passarelli ’16 scored twice and Priscilla Tyler ’15 controlled three draw controls. Christy Forrest ’16 made 14 saves to earn the win in goal.

The Continentals return to action on Tuesday, March 25, with a non-conference game at Skidmore College at 5 p.m. Amherst plays a non-conference game at Wheaton (Mass.) on Wednesday.

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