No. 8 women's lacrosse falls at top-ranked Trinity
Trinity College's Abby McInerney and Martha Griffin scored four goals apiece and the nationally ranked No. 1 Bantams posted a 15-7 NESCAC win against the No. 8 Hamilton College Continentals at Trinity's Sheppard Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Bantams (10-1, 6-1 NESCAC) broke open a close game with eight straight goals that spanned the first and second halves. Trinity, which extended its win streak to 10 games, led 7-3 at the break and 13-3 midway through the second half.
Molly Cox added two goals and one assist for the Bantams. Renee Olsen and Clare Lyne notched two goals apiece and Nicole Stauffer chipped in one goal and one helper. Meghan Collins was credited with five of the team's 15 draw controls and three ground balls. Zoe Ferguson started in goal and made two saves in the first half. Emily Mooney played the final 30 minutes and made three stops.
Morgan Fletcher '17 paced Hamilton (8-2, 4-2) with three goals, one assist and two draw controls. Darby Philbrick '18 contributed two goals and one assist, and Taylor Ryan '17 and Caroline McCarthy '16 scored one goal apiece. Ashleigh Stephan '15 scooped up three ground balls and Hannah Withiam '16 caused three turnovers. Hannah Rubin '17 turned away five shots.
The Continentals, who had won their previous five games, entered the day ranked 11th in Division III in scoring defense with 6.44 goals allowed per game.
Trinity used a 3-0 run early in the first half to gain a three-goal cushion at 4-1. The Bantams scored the first six goals of the second half and put the game away at 13-3 before Hamilton scored four goals in the final 11:40.
Lyne scored from Allie Barrett to give Trinity the lead for good at 2-1 at 4:46 in the first half, and Cox scored two in row over the next 4:24. McCarthy brought the Continentals to within two goals with 18:04 left in the first. Trinity answered with three of the final four tallies before the break with all three goals coming on free-position shots. McInerney scored her first of the day with 33 seconds to go for a 7-3 lead.
Griffin and McInerney broke things open with five goals between them during the first 11:12 of the second half. Philbrick and Fletcher scored twice each for the Continentals in the last 11:40.
Hamilton travels to No. 16 Williams College for another NESCAC game on Wednesday, April 8, at 5 p.m.