Clinton, N.Y. - JUnior forward Michaela Giuttari had two goals and an assist to lead the Hamilton College Continentals to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action this afternoon. Trinity, ranked No. 14 in the nation, falls to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the league with its second setback in a row. No. 16-ranked Hamilton improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference. The Bantams visit Keene State on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., while Hamilton hosts top-ranked Middlebury tomorrow at noon.
Trailing, 2-0, in the first half, the Bantams got on the board with 11:09 on the clock when senior tri-captain Alison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.) fed sophomore forward Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) to cut the Trinity deficit in half. Junior Jordan Ragland and senior tri-captain Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) peppered Continental backstop Julia Booth with early shots out of halftime, but the home team went ahead, 3-1, just 7:01 into the second stanza when Giuttari knocked in a rebound of her own shot. Solimine answered with a goal from Ragland 1:02 later to make the score, 3-2, but the Bantams did not put another shot on goal the rest of the way. Trinity senior goalkeeper Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made five of her seven saves down the stretch to keep the Bantams within a goal. Booth made eight saves for Hamilton.