Field hockey scores four goals in season-opening win over RPI

Hamilton College Tracey Stafford ’23 scored two goals and the Continentals earned a 4-1 non-conference victory over the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers at Goodfriend Field in Hamilton on Tuesday night.

Season Update

Hamilton were playing their opener of the 2022 season as RPI fell to 1-2 on aggregate.

How did it happen

  • Hannah Dillon ’24 slapped a shot that was stopped by the goalie and took control of the rebound. Dillon rolled and sent the ball towards the cage a few feet to the right of the penalty stroke spot. Stafford, who was positioned next to the goalkeeper, tipped the ball past the goalkeeper’s feet 4:16 into the first quarter.
  • Delaney Grace ’25 inserted the ball on a penalty corner to Dillon, who was standing a few yards to the right of the top of the shooting area. Dillon took a forward dribble and hammered a shot into the back of the cage with 6:50 left in the first.
  • Neither team has scored yet, with 4:53 left in the third quarter. Maura Holden ’23 stuffed the loose ball into the cage after a shot from Alana King ’24 was stopped, and the Continentals led 3-0.
  • Rachel Banister ruined Hamilton’s shutout offer with 9:52 left in the fourth quarter when she swept a backhand shot from just feet above the penalty stroke spot.
  • Stafford took the win with a fantastic individual effort just 68 seconds later. She carried the ball into the shooting zone on the right side, maneuvered past two defenders along the baseline and fired a shot into the back of the cage.


  • During his first academic year, Abby Griffin ’26 only needed to make one save – early in the third quarter – for the Continentals.
  • Stafford recorded his second multi-goal game in Hamilton. She has 27 career points on 12 goals and three assists.
  • Dillon posted a career-high three points with his goal and assist.
  • Holden leads all active Continentals with 14 career goals and 33 career points.
  • Jen Richardson made nine saves for the engineers.
  • Hamilton took advantage of a 15-3 advantage on shots and a 5-4 advantage in penalty corners.
  • The Continentals lead the all-time series 19-12. They have won five in a row against RPI and nine of the last 10 meetings.
  • Hamilton received votes in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s Division III preseason poll.
  • Engineers head coach Bre Lowe was an assistant coach at Hamilton from 2016 to 2019.

next game

Hamilton travels to Trinity College, ranked No. 5 nationally, for his first NESCAC match this year on Saturday, September 10. Start time is set at 11 a.m.

Catherine J. Martinez