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No. 15 Hamilton rallies to edge field hockey 3-2 in overtime

Senior Caroline O'Reilly dished out an assist in a close 3-2 overtime loss to Hamilton on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)  

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Sophomores Ally Leahy and Victoria McGee found the back of the net for the Bates field hockey team but the No. 15 nationally ranked Hamilton Continentals prevailed 3-2 in overtime Saturday afternoon at Goodfriend Field.

The back and forth battle saw the Bobcats (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) outshoot the Continentals (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC) by a count of 17-14. Bates held a 2-1 lead until the 69th minute when Sarah Stinebaugh snuck the ball into the right side of the goal on an assist from Sarah Pierpont to tie the game at two.

In overtime, the Bobcat defense made a pair of spectacular saves. In the 78th minute, Michaela Giuttari appeared to have a clear shot at the goal from just a few feet out, but senior Samantha Reiss (New Haven, Vt.) slid and denied her attempt. Then in the 80th minute, junior goalkeeper Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) came charging out of the box to clear the ball away from Pierpont who had a break-away opportunity after beating her defender. Durand made four saves on the afternoon.

But the Continentals finally scored the game-winner in the 81st minute when Pierpont was able to go top shelf from a tricky angle close to the cage, giving Hamilton the golden goal. 

Hamilton grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the contest in the second minute of action when Michaela Giuttari found Pierpont who hit somewhat of a knuckleball that rolled into the net.

Bates dominated the shot battle in the first half, tallying 11 shots to Hamilton's six. 

But the Bobcats didn't get on the board until the second half.

In the 48th minute, senior Caroline O'Reilly (Longmeadow, Mass.) found Leahy (Cohasset, Mass.) and the forward scored the fourth goal of her young career, tying the score at one.

Then in the 55th minute, junior Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) connected with McGee (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and McGee gave Bates the 2-1 lead with her first career goal. 

The lead didn't hold up but the Bobcats have a chance to bounce back right away Sunday afternoon when they take on No. 12 nationally ranked Montclair State at 1:00 p.m. on Hamilton's campus.