Williamstown, Mass. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams downed the Williams College Epgs, 16-10, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this afternoon. Trinity, ranked No. 6 in the nation, improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the NESCAC with its 16th consecutive regular-season victory The Ephs stand at 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Four Bantams scored hat-tricks, as senior attacker Caite Irvine (Westwood, Mass.), juniors Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) and Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.), and first-year Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) combined for 12 goals. Rookie Lilly Wellenbach led the way for Williams with three goals, with Sam Weinstein and Katie Ellis chipping in two each. Trinity junior netminder Olivia Whitney (Danvers, MAss.) had eight saves, while Williams' Ali Piltch stopped ten shots. Five of Trinity's goals came off free-position attempts.
The first 20 minutes of the contest were hotly contested. Trinity made its way onto the board first with a goal only 1:10 into the game on a free position shot from Irvine, but Williams came right back with an unassisted goal from Weinstein 1:20 later before taking the lead with 21:27 to play in the half on a man-up opportunity, scoring on another solo effort by Weinstein. Leadign, 4-3, Trinity ripped off five goals in the final 5:27 of the first half to enter the break up, 9-3. The goals included two unassisted forays to the net by Duncan and a free-position shot from Irvine.
Wellenbach opened the second-half scoring 2:02 into the half with a slashing left-to-right run to the net that finished with a shot past Whitney. Trinity responded with a three-goal run capped by Irvine's final goal of the game with 24:05 to play. Williams went on a four-goal run between the 21-minute and nine-minute mark to make the score, 12-8, highlighted by two unassisted goals from Ellis. Trinity put the game out of reach, as they pulled the ball out wide and forced the Ephs to press defensively which resulted in a four-goal Bantam between the eight- and three-minute marks. Williams scored two in the closing minutes of the game, making the final 16-10.