Washington, D.C. - First-year midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) scored a career-high four times to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 20-2victory over the Catholic University Cardinals in women's lacrosse action this afternoon at Cardinal Stadium. The top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Bantams improve to 4-0 with their 12th consecutive win against a team that went toe-to-toe with them last season in a 14-13 Trinity victory. The Cardinals, ranked No. 18 nationally, fall to 2-4.
Following a scoreless opening five minutes, the Bantams scored the first five goals of the game and jumped out to a 12-1 halftime lead. Five Bantams had two goals apiece at the break, and Trinity added six more tallies before Catholic sophomore Lindsay Brophy recorded her second point of the game with her first goal 21:43 after intermission. Consecutive goals by sophomore midfielders Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) and Lindsay Mullaney (Boston, Mass.), and senior attacker Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) in a 2:14 span in the middle of the first half following the first Cardinal goal junior midfielder Theresa Ciletti put the game firmly in the Bantams' hands with an 8-1 lead.
Trinity finished with a 36-9 advantage in shots and an 18-5 edge on draws, while forcing 22 turnovers and committing only 11. Duncan and classmate Kaitlin Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) joined Griffin with four-point afternoons on three goals and one assist and two goals and two assists, respectively, while Hayes finished with two goals and one assist, and sophomore attackman Elizabeth Heimann (Wyncote, Pa.) had one goal and two assists for the Trinity offense. Hayes also notched a game-high five draw controls, while senior defender Hillary McNamara (Milton, Mass.) recorded three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and senior tri-captain Olivia Whitney and rookie Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) combined for four Trinity saves. Megan Gormley, Adair Douglas and Brophy scooped up three ground balls apiece for the Cards, while Maddy Nowakowski, Katie Miller and Gormley caused two turnovers apiece. Tricia Pehnke stopped 10 shots in goal for CUA, before giving way to Yasmeen Ajdari for the final 11 minutes.