Hartford, Conn. - After allowing a goal just 2:46 into the opening half, the Trinity College women's lacrosse team outscored the Springfield College Pride, 13-2, the rest of the way en route to a ten-goal victory on a rainy Tuesday evening at Robin Sheppard Field in Hartford. The Bantams, ranked No. 3 in the country, improve to 2-0 to start the season while the Pride fall to 2-1 overall. Trinity returns to action on Saturday of this weekend when they travel north to take on New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe Colby in Maine.
Junior Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) led the way for the Bantams as she finished with three goals, two assists, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Senior captain Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) tallied a game-high four goals for Trinity while junior Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) added two of her own as seven Bantams found the back of the net at least once. Junior goalie Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) picked up her second win of the season, making six stops on the evening before giving way to classmate Caroline Cranley (Summit, N.J.) who saved the lone shot that came her way in her first appearance between the pipes this season. Trinity outshot the Pride, 26-11, and won seven more draw controls than Springfield on the evening.
Springfield junior Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) kicked off the game's scoring with a goal just 2:46 into the first period on a free-position shot. Trinity responded a few minutes later by converting a pair of free-position shots of their own, one by junior Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) and one by Coffey. Barrett assisted on Lyne's first score of the evening with 16:52 remaining before Lyne dished a helper to McInerney who found netting with 15:31 to go in the first half as Trinity scored four goals unanswered. Sophomore Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) finally ended the Pride scoring drought at the 7:15 mark on a goal assisted by Corsano but Lyne and Coffey added a goal each to close out the half as Trinity entered the break ahead, 6-2.
McInerney and Lyne each scored once in the first ten minutes of the second half to open up an 8-2 advantage before a Springfield goal by Kristen Streidler (Somers, Conn.) cut the Bantams lead to five. That's as close as it would get as Trinity finished the game on a 5-0 run, courtesy of goals by senior captain Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.), Lyne, McInerney, sophomore Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.) and senior Emma Malicki (Loudonville, N.Y.).