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W. Lax takes down No. 16 Ithaca

By Sterling Xie '16

April 24, 2014

Although the women’s lacrosse team will not be going to the NESCAC playoffs, the Continentals finished out their season in promising style with a dominating 15-8 victory over 16th-ranked Ithaca College.

The scoring outburst tied Hamilton’s highest offensive output of the season, while also snapping the Bombers’ nine-game winning streak.  After falling behind 4-1, the Continentals rallied for nine consecutive goals over a 24-minute span, stunning Ithaca and snatching a commanding 10-4 halftime lead.

Although Ithaca threatened after the intermission with three straight goals slicing the lead in half, a goal by Casey File ’17 less than two minutes later extended the lead back to four, sealing the win.

Seniors Lauren Brady and Katie D’Antonio  provided the key spark during the decisive first-half run.  Brady tallied two consecutive goals to tie the game, and D’Antonio snuck home two more goals in the final 38 seconds to provide some much needed separation.  D’Antonio, who led all players with four goals and five total points, finishes her career with 162 career points and 112 goals.  Those marks rank 10th and 12th, respectively, on the school’s all-time list.

The win put Hamilton’s final record at 6-8, providing a glimpse into the program’s future. Despite the loss of five seniors, a number of returning underclassmen should provide a strong core for next year.  Up front, Margaret Gabriel ’16 finished second on the team in goals and points with 21 and 35, respectively.  File, Ashleigh Stephan ’15 and Taylor Ryan ’17 will anchor the midfield, while Kari Koga ’15 will be back in net for her senior season.

Undoubtedly, 2014’s bottom-line result is less than the Continentals were hoping for.  However, as the dazzling all-around display against Ithaca illustrated, Hamilton’s playoff absence could simply be a one-year dip.

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