Middlebury Falls to Hamilton

Audrey Quirk scored her second goal of the season against Hamilton.
Audrey Quirk scored her second goal of the season against Hamilton.

The Middlebury field hockey team suffered its first setback of the season, as visiting Hamilton held off the Panthers 3-2 in NESCAC action Sunday on Kohn Field. Fifth-ranked Middlebury (3-1, 2-1) continues conference play at 11:00 a.m. Saturday with a road game against Bowdoin, while the 15th-ranked Continentals (4-1, 3-0) host Utica Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The visitors opened the scoring 12:16 into the game when Margaret Rivera capitalized on penalty stroke, tucking a shot inside the left post. The goal came seconds after Middlebury's Lauren Schweppe made a defensive save. Hamilton doubled its lead 1:37 later when Tatiana Bradley collected a loose ball in front of the Panther cage and directed a shot into the left side of the cage.

The Panthers got onto the scoreboard with 11:07 left in the first stanza when Emma Johns poked in a rebound after Hamilton's Cat Donahue had just made a defensive save.

In the second half, each team scored in the final 10 minutes with the Continentals getting an insurance goal with 7:11 on the clock. Lizzie Clark crossed the ball into the arc and Bradley quickly settled the pass and netted her second goal of the contest, making the score 3-1.

Middlebury made it a one-goal game with 1:18 remaining when Audrey Quirk tipped in a pass from Molly Freeman, closing the gap to 3-2. Hamilton prevented the hosts from getting the equalizer, running out the remaining time following the restart.

Panther goalie Megan Collins made a career-high seven saves, while Julia Booth had four for the Continentals. Hamilton held a 14-10 edge in shots and Middlebury had a 10-5 advantage in penalty corners.