Hartford, Conn. - A second half goal by Michaela Giuttari (Warwick, R.I.) stood as the difference as the No. 15-ranked Hamilton College Continentals defeated the No. 12-ranked Trinity College Bantams, 3-2, on Saturday morning in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action at Sheppard Field on Trinity's campus. The Bantams fall to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in league play while Hamilton improves to 3-1 on the year and remains unbeated at 2-0 in conference action.
Giuttari's second half game-winner was her second of the game after she scored at the 24:21 minute mark in the opening half to give the Continentals a 2-1 lead. Julia Booth (Greenwich, Conn.) picked up her third win of the season in the cage. Trinity senior captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) and rookie Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) each scored goals for Trinity, the latter of which was the first of her collegiate career. Senior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made 13 saves, but Hamilton out-shot Trinity 17-8, keeping possession for a large part of the second half.
Hamilton wasted no time getting on the board, scoring off a penalty corner just 59 seconds into the game. Tatiana Bradley (West Newbury, Mass.) inserted the ball off the corner to Liz Wagenbach (Summit, N.J.) who set it for Lizzie Clarke (Larchmont, N.Y.) who then beat Berger to put the visitors up, 1-0.
Trinity answered at the 10:47 mark when Finn scored her fifth goal of the year off an assist from junior Alison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.). Both defenses held strong for the next 14 minutes before Giuttari scored her first goal of the day, firing a shot from just inside the arc that bounced before hitting the back of the cage. A late first-half goal from Brown, via an assist from junior Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.), knotted the game at 2-2 as the teams entered halftime.
Both sides picked up the intensity in the second half despite a lack of goals. Giuttari scored the eventual game-winner at the 49:54 mark to put Hamilton up by one, but Trinity had its chances late to tie, the first of which came via a penalty corner with 4:12 remaining. First-year Katherine Devaney (Andover, Mass.) inserted the ball off the corner to Finn, who fired a rocket on goal, but Booth came up with the stop to preserve the lead. One minute later, Trinity worked another corner which produced a nearly identical result, with Finn burying a shot off of Booth's leg pad. Trinity called a timeout with less than three minutes to play, but a stingy Hamilton defense kept the hosts off the scoreboard for the final 2:11 to preserve the victory.