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Lady Continentals roll into Elite Eight

By By HAMILTON ATHLETICS

CLINTON, N.Y. - Nationally ranked No. 1 Hamilton College led 13-0 at the half and cruised to a 15-3 win against Kenyon College in a 2010 NCAA Division III women's lacrosse championship regional semifinal at Hamilton's Steuben Field Saturday.

Hamilton (19-0 overall) advances to the regional final for the fourth straight year. The Continentals will play Colby College on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Steuben Field.  Colby defeated SUNY Cortland 10-9 the second regional semifinal, on a game winning goal by Anne Geraghty.

The Continentals extended their home win streak to 37 games. Hamilton -- owners of the top scoring defense in NCAA Division III -- allowed three goals for the third straight game. The Continentals won the 2008 NCAA championship.

Twelve Hamilton players scored at least one goal. Kriti Dave '11 led the offense with two goals and one assist. Liz Rave '10 and Rachel Friedman '13 chipped in two goals apiece and Hilary Saverin '10 added one goal, two assists and three draw controls. Kate Fowler '10 and Sam Elie '12 combined to make four saves for the Continentals. Sarah Bray '11 picked up four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Lauren Sokol '12 won three draw controls and forced two turnovers.

Kenyon (15-3) was making its first appearance in the NCAA women's lacrosse championships. Leah Sack '13 paced the Ladies with one goal and one assist. Emily Nichols '13 notched her 55th goal this year late in the second half. Chase Kreuter '10 stopped 14 shots and caused three turnovers. Taylor Verderame '10 collected four ground balls.

Friedman gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead 2 minutes, 11 seconds into the first half. Saverin added the second goal 48 seconds later and the Continentals were rolling. The lead was 5-0 with 23:10 left and 8-0 at the midway point of the first half. Caroline Morgan '13 capped the first half onslaught with her fifth goal with 23 seconds remaining. Kenyon committed 17 turnovers in the first 30 minutes.

Hamilton pushed the advantage to 15-0 in the second half before Kenyon scored the final three goals in the last 12 minutes.

The Continentals held a commanding advantage in shots (32-9), ground balls (26-15) and draw controls (13-6). The Ladies were successful on just 8 of 21 clear attempts, while Hamilton was successful on 12 of 13.

Kenyon -- from the North Coast Athletic Conference -- defeated conference rival College of Wooster 19-14 in a first round game on May 12.

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NEWSCHANNEL 2 WEEKEND SPORTS ANCHOR MIKE LEVIN WILL BE TWEETING SUNDAY FROM THE COLBY-HAMILTON REGION FINAL AT STEUBEN FIELD.  YOU CAN CHECK OUT HIS UPDATES AT: twitter.com/mikelevin2 

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