Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's lacrosse team cruised to a 14-4 victory over the Wheaton College Lyons on Sunday afternoon for its fifth-straight victory, at a cold and rainy Robin Sheppard Field. The Bantams, ranked No. 7 nationally, improve to 8-1 overall while Wheaton falls to 3-4. Trinity returns to action next Saturday for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup in Maine against Bowdoin College.
Trinity's defense dominated in the game, holding the Lyons to just six shots on goal. Bantam starting goalie Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) needed to make just one save in the first half en route to her eighth win of the year before giving way to junior classmate Caroline Cranley (Summit, N.J.) in the second half who also finished with one save. Offensively for the Bantams, senior captain Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) tallied a game-high four goals while junior Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) scored three times and senior captain Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) and sophomore Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.) tallied a pair of goals each. Junior Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) proved to be a nuisance for the Lyon offense, leading Trinity with four caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Wheaton was paced by senior captain Angela Mallis (Falmouth, Maine) and rookie Molly Covarrubias (Framingham, Mass.) who both tallied two goals. Senior Hannah Gasperoni (Hampton, N.H.) recorded assists on both goals by Mallis and sophomore Maddy Lahm (Lyme, Conn.) finished with a game-high five draw controls.
Two Coffey goals and one by senior Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.) in the first five minutes of the opening half put the Bantams up, 3-0 early. Gasperoni and Mallis connected for their first score of the game to end the Trinity run but the hosts answered with a 5-0 run to stretch the lead to seven. Mallis scored her second goal of the game with 3:29 to play in the half but French responded with a tally with just seven seconds left before halftime to make it a 9-2 Bantam advantage at the break.
Covarrubias scored the first and last goals of the second half, but Trinity found the back of the net five times between them en route to the ten-point victory. Lyne scored twice unassisted, Simpson converted a pair of free-position shots and junior Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) got on the board thanks to a helper by senior Emma Malicki (Loudonville, N.Y.).