Middletown, Conn. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams, ranked No. 8 nationally, got a pair of goals each from junior midfielders Caroline Hayes (Greenfield, N.H.), who also had an assist for a three-point day, and Lindsay Mullaney (Boston, Mass.), keeping Wesleyan winless in New England Small College Ahtletic Conference (NESCAC) action this season by securing a 9-3 women's lacrosse victory this evening. Trinity, now 6-1 in league play, is in the thick of a battle with Amherst, Middlebury and Williams for the top spot as the season winds down to the final three games. In its next contest, Trinity travels to Middlebury on Saturday, April 12 in a showdown between a pair of 6-1 squads. The Bantams end the regular season hosting undefeated Amherst in a game that might decide the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament. Wesleyan, now 0-7 in the conference, must win its final three NESCAC games to qualify for the post-season. Trinity is 9-2 overall and owns a five-game winning sreak. and Wesleyan is 5-7.
The Bantams got a pair of goals in the opening 4:31 of the contest at Wesleyan with junior attacker Renee Olsen (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Mullaney each scoring her 10th of the season. Olsen converted a pass from the right side by Hayes with a bouncer while Mullaney used a run down the middle of the Cardinal defense to get on the board. Trinity pushed the margin to 4-0 as Hayes scored on the first of her two free-position markers at 14:42, followed by sophomore Abby McQuillan's (Medfield, Mass.) goal at 9:26 off a feed from behind the net on the right from senior tri-captain attacker Kathleen Timmons (Branford, Conn.). Olsen nearly scored again with 2:05 left in the opening stanza, but her bouncing shot from close range in front of the net caromed off the post. Wesleyan broke the ice on its scoring with 50 seconds left in the first half as freshman Morgan Moubayed caught a pass from the right side by freshman Meredith Smith and put one home in traffic. It was the first and only shot of the half by Wesleyan.
Trinity also got the opening four goals of the second half to push out to an 8-1 lead with 21:21 left. Mullaney and Hayes began the scoring and sophomore midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.), with her team-leading 25th goal of the season, and junior attacker Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.) added to the Trinity goal parade. Wesleyan got two of the final three goals with senior Abby D'Angelo and freshman Abby Wheeler both scoring on strong runs through the Bantam defense. Freshman midfielder Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.) got the final Trinity goal.
Trinity had an 18-8 edge in total shots for the game, as the Trinity defnese led by senior tri-captain Lyndsey Shepard (Hamilton, Mass.), senior Midge Daniel (Wellesley, Mass.), sophomore Ashley Stewart (Dover, Mass.), and first-year Kathryn DeLillio (Wilmington, Del.) was nearly unpenetrable. Wesleyan sophomore keeper Nina Labovich made five saves. Sophomore Emily Mooney covered the Trinity net for 56:15 and had two saves with two goals allowed. Junior Bridget Kitchen allowed the last Wesleyan tally in the final 3:45. Trinity is now 33-4-2 all-time vs. Wesleyan and has captured the last eight meetings between the squads.