Hartford, Conn. - The No. 6-ranked Trinity College Bantams fell to the No. 11-ranked Hamilton College Continentals on Saturday afternoon in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse matchup at Robin Sheppard Field in rainy Hartford. The loss drops the Bantams to 11-3 overall and 7-2 in NESCAC play while Hamilton improves to 11-4 on the year and 8-2 in conference action. Trinity honored senior class before the game, the team's final home game of the year, which features nine players who have compiled a 70-12 record in their four years, won three NESCAC championships and reached the NCAA Division III Championship game the last three-straight seasons.
The game was evenly matched as both sides put 18 shots up on the afternoon with Trinity winning the ground-ball battle, 13-12. The Bantams also won eight of 15 draw controls, paced by junior Clara Nowlan (Needham, Mass.) who had two, while senior Kathryn DeLillio (Wilmington, Del.) led all players with three caused turnovers. Trinity senior tri-captain Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) led the Bantam offense with three goals and an assist while junior Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) chipped in a pair of scores as well. Hamilton was led by Casey File (Huntington, N.Y.) and Morgan Fletcher (Wayland, Mass.) who each netted two goals. Darby Philbrick (Alexandria, Va.) led the Continentals on the draw, scooping up a game-high three draw controls.
Hamilton found themselves ahead of the Bantams, 4-2, after the first 30 minutes of action. Fletcher scored the first two goals of the game, coming at the 23:18 and 19:43 marks before Kara Pooley (Wexford, Pa.) got involved in the scoring with Hamilton's third goal of the game at the 16:50 mark. The Bantams ended the shutout with 15:35 left to play in the half when senior tri-captain Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) sent a nifty pass from behind the net to Lyne, positioned just a few feet in front of Hamilton goalie Hannah Burrall (Geneva, N.Y.), who took care of business for her 32nd goal of the season. Philbrick found File near the net who scored to open up a 4-1 lead for the visitors, before Coffey converted on a free position shot with just over five minutes to play to cut the deficit to two as the teams headed to the break.
Lyne got things going for Trinity's offense early in the second half with her second score of the day to make it a one-goal game, but the Continentals answered just over four minutes later when Philbrick beat Bantam junior goalie Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) on a free-position shot. After a Hamilton penalty, Lyne connected with Coffey who scored her second goal of the game to once again cut the deficit to one, but the Continentals once again had an answer. File and Alex Hendry (Plainsboro, N.J.) netted consecutive goals to give the guests a 7-4 lead with 12:30 to go. After nearly ten minutes without a score, the Bantams made things interesting with back-to-back goals just 32 seconds apart, starting at the 2:54 mark when junior Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) found the back of the net. Lyne scored on a free-position attempt with 2:22 remaining to make it a 7-6 game, but the Continentals held off a furious last minute rally from Trinity to come away with the one-goal victory.
Trinity returns to action for its regular-season finale on Wednesday when it travels to Amherst for a 6 p.m. matchup.