CLINTON, N.Y. – Seven different Trinity College players scored goals and the nationally ranked No. 6 Bantams defeated the Hamilton College Continentals 11-5 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action at Steuben Field on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity (11-2, 8-1 NESCAC) won its seventh straight game and third in a row away from home. The Bantams are in sole possession of second place in the conference standings with one game left to play. Trinity hosts undefeated Amherst College in the regular season finale on Wednesday, April 23. The winner of that contest will be the No. 1 seed for the 2014 NESCAC Championship.
The Continentals (5-8, 2-8) will miss the postseason for the first time since 1998. Hamilton hosts Ithaca College for a non-conference game that will close out the season on Tuesday, April 22, at 5 p.m.
Junior Renee Olsen (Ridgewood, N.J.) led the Bantams offense with two goals and an assist. Senior Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.), junior Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) and junior Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.) all scored two goals for the visitors. Sophomore Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) and senior Kathleen Timmons (Branford, Conn.) chipped in one goal and two assists apiece, and freshman Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) added one goal and one helper.
Ashley Stewart (Dover, Mass.) scooped up six ground balls and Lindsay Mullaney (Boston, Mass.) added four of her own for Trinity. Hayes won five draw controls, Midge Daniel (Wellesley, Mass.) caused four turnovers and Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) made six saves to earn the victory.
Emily Brodsky paced the Continentals' offense with three goals. Katie D'Antonio had a goal and an assist, Margaret Gabriel was credited with two assists and Nora Klemmer scored her fourth goal. Gabriel leads the team with 14 assists and is tied with D'Antonio for the team lead with 32 points.
The Bantams were clinging to a slim 4-3 lead after Brodsky scored on a feed from D'Antonio with 12:13 left in the first half. Trinity ran off the next five goals and took control early in the second half.
Simpson started the run on her second goal this year with 9:45 remaining in the half. Olsen made it 6-3 with 7:41 to go in the opening half and Griffin tallied her team-leading 26th goal 52 seconds later on a free-position shot. Kusiak's 10th goal gave the Bantams an 8-3 advantage with 3:38 left and Trinity led by five at the break. Hayes increased the Bantams' cushion to six goals with 26:57 remaining in the second half.
Hamilton's Brodsky and D'Antonio scored goals and cut the Continentals' deficit to 9-5 with 19:23 to go. Trinity quickly restored its six-goal lead after Timmons found Kusiak and then Timmons scored unassisted for her 11th goal. Neither team found the back of the net in the final 15 minutes. The Bantams won their fifth straight game against Hamilton and lead the all-time series, 8-1.