Hamilton rallies for win in season opener

September 3, 2013

Hamilton College's Halle Becker '15 scored two goals and the Continentals rallied for a 4-2 non-conference win against the SUNY Oswego Lakers at Hamilton's Love Field on Sept. 3.

The Continentals fell behind 2-0 in the first half in their season opener, but three goals in a five-minute span midway through the second half led Hamilton to its 13th straight win against Oswego. The Lakers last win in the series was back in 2001. The Continentals lead the all-time series, 16-5-1.

Victoria Freeman '16 and Kendall Daly '17 added one goal apiece for Hamilton. Lauren Brady '14 was credited with two assists and Rachel Hirsch '15 had one. Liza Gergenti '14 made four saves for her 23rd career win in goal.

Kelly Granteed '17 and Nikki Liadka '14 scored the goals for Oswego. Liadka netted four goals in a 6-0 win at SUNY Institute of Technology on Saturday. Bailey Waterbury '16 picked up an assist and Alyssa Glasshagel '16 made seven saves.

The Lakers (1-1-0 overall) grabbed a 1-0 lead just 25 seconds into the first half. Granteed stole the ball from a defender, took a couple dribbles and fired a shot over the keeper's head from well outside the box.

Oswego made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute. Waterbury crossed the ball from the right flank to the middle of the box where it was redirected by Liadka from about 10 yards out.

The Continentals (1-0-0) got on the scoreboard in the 42nd minute on Daly's first goal at Hamilton, which looked similar to Liadka's tally. Brady sent a cross from the left side into the middle of the box and Daly redirected it from around the penalty kick spot. The Lakers led 2-1 at the half.

Hirsch nearly tied the score in the 70th minute with a clear shot from the center of the box. Glasshagel dove to her left and made the save that kept Oswego in the lead for the moment. Hirsch earned her redemption in the 72nd minute when she lofted a short pass from the right side of the box that was headed in by Becker.

The Continentals took a 3-2 lead in the 74th minute when Becker stole the ball and hammered a shot from at least 25 yards out that rippled the net. Freeman wrapped up the scoring in the 77th minute. Brady's pass from the left side found Freeman ahead in the box and she one-timed a shot from about 15 yards out.

Hamilton dominated play in the second half as the Continentals finished with a 12-1 shot advantage in the final 45 minutes. For the afternoon, Hamilton outshot the Lakers 20-6, and took three corner kicks to Oswego's two.

The Continentals travel to Trinity College on Saturday, Sept. 7, for their first NESCAC game of 2013. The Lakers take on Bard College in a tournament at SUNY Plattsburgh on Friday, Sept. 6.

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