Northampton, Mass. - Junior midfielder Caroline Hayes (Greenfield, N.H.) had three goals and three assists to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 13-10 victory over the Williams College Ephs in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this afternoon at Smith College. Trinity, ranked No. 2 in the nation, improves to 2-0 overall and in the NESCAC, while Williams falls to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the league.
At the end of tight first half in which neither team led by more than two goals, Trinity trailed, 7-5. Becca McGovern gained an initial lead for the Ephs less than two minutes into the contest and Rebecca Bell put in a second goal moments later. Nine minutes into the contest, senior tri-captain Kathleen Timmons (Branford, Conn.) got the Bantams on the board on a free-position shot. Answering back, McGovern drove hard to goal, dodging past a series of Trinity defenders to score her second unassisted goal at the 19:23 mark to regain a two-goal lead for the Ephs.
The Bantams then took the lead with three consecutive goals. The first was off a man-up goal by Hayes and the second off a series of passes in front that resulted in a goal for sophomore defender Ashley Stewart (Dover, Mass.) from classmate Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.). Trinity junior Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.) then scored another goal to put the Bantams ahead, 4-3, midway through the first half. Williams scored four of the game's next five tallies, except for the second goal of the game for Stewart, to lead, 7-5, at the break.
Trinity roared out of halftime with five goals in a row, including the game-tying goal from Hayes to Griffin 4:36 into the second half and the game-winner by junior midfielder Lindsay Mullaney (Boston, Mass.) with Trinity a man up from Hayes just 1:24 later. Trinity held a 10-7 lead when Stephanie Gallo scored for Williams at the 15:14 mark, but Timmons found junior attacker Renee Olsen (Ridgewood, N.J.) on back-to-back goals less than a minute mark to put the Bantams back ahead, 12-8, with 11:12 remaining. Williams scored twice more, sandwiched around Hayes' third goal with 8:32 left in the game, but neither team found the back of the net over the final six minutes. Sophomore Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) made five saves to earn the win in the Bantam goal.