Women's Hockey Knocked Off By Hamilton

February 6, 2010

Riley Smith scored with 45 seconds left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and lift Hamilton to a 3-2 upset win against fifth-ranked Middlebury in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink. Middlebury had won 40 straight vs. the Continentals, dating back to a 2-1 loss in '82-'83.

Smith's fifth goal this season was assisted by Emily Baxter and Rachel Rapoza. The Continentals (8-8-3 overall, 3-6-3 NESCAC) tied the score with 2:56 remaining in the third when Laura DiCarlo tallied a power-play goal. The goal was DiCarlo's seventh this season.

Amy Allen staked Hamilton to a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the second period with her team-leading 10th goal. Katie Zimmerman picked up the assist. Ashley Bairos single-handedly put the Panthers in front with two goals later in the period. The first one came at 6:09 while the teams skated 4-on-4. Bairos' ninth goal of the season was scored unassisted on the power play with 6:42 left in the second. Middlebury (13-5-1, 10-3-1) had pulled their goalie before Bairos' goal due to a delayed tripping penalty call on the Continentals.

Allen finished with one goal and one assist, and Rapoza was credited with two assists for Hamilton. Becca Hazlett '13 kept the Continentals in the game with 40 saves. Hazlett has a 2.02 goals against average and is ranked in the top five in Division III with a .940 save percentage.

Lani Wright '10 stopped 22 shots for the Panthers, who had gone 6-0-1 in their previous seven games. Middlebury was 1-for-4 on the power play and Hamilton was 1-for-5.