Trinity Women's Lacrosse Escapes Connecticut College With Close Victory
New London, Conn. - The top-ranked Trinity College Bantams earned a 9-7 victory against the Connecticut College Camels this evening in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this evening. The defending NCAA Champion Bantams improve their record to 6-0 and are 3-0 in NESCAC play with their 14th win in a row. The Camels slip to 2-5 with a 0-5 record in league action.
Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) and Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) both had two goals and an assist for the winning side. Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.) chipped in with two scores. Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) collected a game-high five draw controls. Sophomore Bridget Kitchen (North Andover, Mass.) stopped one shot in the opening half while rookie net-minder Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) finished with one save in 31:42 of relief duty. Senior Bri Miller (Sudbury, Mass.) scored three second half goals for Connecticut College. Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) had a goal and an assist. Maggie Hogan (Arnold, Md.) corralled three ground balls for the hosts. Junior Caitlin Cataldo (Orange, Conn.) made nine saves for the hosts.
Trinity built a 4-2 lead when Kusiak scored in an unsettled situation for the visitors, collecting a ground ball and sprinting to the cage for a goal with 13:20 left in the opening half. Exactly two minutes later, the Bantams tacked on another score when Kathleen Timmons (Branford, Conn.) connected with Duncan at the far post side of the goal in a 2-on-1 situation versus the keeper. But Haley Dumke (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Abbott scored the next two goals for Connecticut College to trim the deficit to 5-4. With 1:42 to play in the first stanza, Haley Thompson (Ipswich, Mass.) netted a free position goal and it was a 6-4 Trinity advantage in the break.
With just over nine minutes left in the second stanza, Hogan collected a ground ball and cleared the Trinity zone, pushing the ball ahead to Abbott, who assisted Miller for her third goal of the game and it was an 8-7 contest with 9:12 to play. But the Bantams did not lose focus and with 6:07 left, Cox collected a rebound and flicked it in in one motion to push the lead to 9-7. The Camels could not get any closer and the visitors escaped with the 9-7 win. Trinity held an 18-to-15 advantage in ground balls and owned a 12-to-6 edge in draw