No. 1 Women's Lacrosse Erases Early Four-Goal Deficit to Beat No. 8 TCNJ, 15-8

No. 1 Women's Lacrosse Erases Early Four-Goal Deficit to Beat No. 8 TCNJ, 15-8

Ewing Township, N.J. – The No. 1 Trinity College women's lacrosse team erased an early four-goal deficit to score a 15-8 victory over No. 8 TCNJ in non-conference action on Wednesday evening at Lions Stadium. With their 12th straight triumph, the top-ranked Bantams improved to 12-1 on the year, while the Lions moved to 10-3 with the loss.

Junior Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) continued her stellar season and led the Trinity attack with a game-high five goals, two assists and seven draw controls. Griffin registered seven points for the second straight contest and scored five markers in a game for the sixth time this spring. Four other Bantams registered multi-goal tilts as senior Renee Olsen (Ridgewood, N.J.), junior Abby McQuillan (Medfield, Mass.) and first-year Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) and sophomore Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) all netted two tallies apiece. McQuillan also recorded two assists for a season-high four points.

Offensively, Kendal  Borup led the TCNJ attack with three goals. Mia Blackman and Cortney Natalicchio each scored two markers apiece and Amanda Muller added two assists for the Lions.

TCNJ got off to a quick start, scoring three goals in the first eight minutes of play. With 19:39 left in the first half, McQuillan scored an unassisted goal to put Trinity on the board and cut the Bantams deficit to two. Following McQuillan's seventh goal of the season, the hosts scored two unanswered goals over the next minutes to stretch their lead to four at 5-1. Over the final eight minutes of the first half, Trinity stole back the momentum with six straight tallies to hold a 7-5 advantage going into halftime. During the run, Griffin scored three goals, including two in the final 90 seconds of play, to fuel the visitors.

TCNJ weathered the run and netted the first two goals, courtesy of a pair of unassisted Borup markers, of the second half to tie the game seven with 25:38 left in regulation. Just over a minute after Borup's second goal, Lyne converted a pass from classmate Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) to give the Bantams a lead they would not surrender. Lyne's goal was the first of eight unanswered tallies for Trinity as the visitors blew the game open. Over the final 24 minutes of action, Griffin and Olsen scored twice as Trinity won eight of nine draw controls to close out the Lions.

Between the pipes, first-year Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) got the start for the Bantams and made six saves in the first half. Junior Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) turned aside six shots in relief of Ferguson in the second half to earn her sixth win of the season. On the opposite end, Kelly Schlupp made three saves in a losing effort for TCNJ.

Defensively, senior Lindsay Mullaney (Boston, Mass.) and Ferguson both had one caused turnover apiece for Trinity. Griffin grabbed a team-high three ground balls and both Simpson and Ferguson had two apiece. Griffin had seven draw controls for Trinity, while Lyne had six and sophomore Meghan Collins (Marblehead, Mass.) won two for the Bantams.

TCNJ held a slight 27-22 advantage in shots and had 14 ground balls to Trinity's 12. The Bantams won 15 of 25 draw controls and converted three of four free-position goals.

Trinity returns to action on Saturday, April 18, with a home New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) contest versus No. 2 Middlebury at 2:00 p.m. The game will be streamed live at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/trincoll/.