Medford, Mass. - The Trinity College women's lacrosse team scored the first four goals of the game and never looked back as the No. 6-ranked Bantams defeated the No. 18-ranked Tufts University Jumbos, 11-7, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action this afternoon. Trinity improves to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the NESCAC with its second consecutive victory, while Tufts drops to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the league.
The Bantams opened the scoring just 1:52 into the contest as junior midfielder Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) scored the first of her three goals with an unassisted tally. Classmate Lindsay Mullaney (Boston, Mass.) followed with a pair of goals in the next 1:53 for a 3-0 Trinity lead. Senior tri-captain attacker Kathleen Timmons (Branford, Conn.) assisted on the first Mullaney goal and the second was a free-position shot. Trinity sophomore midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) moved the advantage to 4-0 with a free-position shot before Tufts got a free-position goal from Kate Applegate (Chadds Ford, Pa..) to cut the deficit to three with 19:33 remaining in the opening stanza.
The lead moved back to four when Hayes netted her second goal of the game on an assist from rookie Emma Malicki (Loudenville, N.Y.). Tufts then went on a 3-0 run to close the gap to 5-4 with 10:20 left in the period. Junior attackwe Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.) tallied her first of two goals on a free-position shot just over two minutes before halftime, and Hayes completed her hat trick with a free-position tally with two ticks left on the first-half clock for a 7-4 Bantam lead.
It took Trinity just 59 ticks off the second half clock to raise the lead to 8-4 as Cox netted her second goal off Timmons' second assist. Bowser netted an unassisted marker less than three minutes later to draw the Jumbos to within three, but that was as close as Tufts got the remainder of the afternoon as Griffin found net with an unassisted goal and then a free-position shot for a 10-5 Bantam lead. Tufts pulled to within 10-7 with 3:23 remaining, but Mullaney notched her third score of the day for the 11-7 final. Trinity won 20 of 33 ground balls during the day, and had 13 turnovers to 18 for the Jumbos. The Bantams held a 23-22 edge in shots. Rachel Gallimore (Hanover, N.H.) made seven saves for Tufts, while sophomore Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) stopped five Jumbo shots.