Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College defense held visiting Babson College to 12 shots and forced 14 turnovers, as the Bantams led wire to wire in a 16-5 win over the Beavers in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 10 in the nation, improves to 15-4 and advances to the third round against Franklin & Marshall next weekend at a site to be determined. Babson ends its year with a 14-6 record, falling on the road to the Bantams after a 17-8 victory over Johnson & Wales yesterday in the first round of the tournament.
Trinity jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after goals by juniors Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.), Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and senior captain Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.). Babson snapped the Bantam run with a goal at the 21:22 mark by Emily Bresnahan (Wenham, Mass.) but an 8-0 run by Trinity to cap off the first half put the hosts ahead, 11-1 at intermission. Coffey scored twice more to record her fifth-straight hat-trick while McInerney also finished the first half with three scores. Simpson and sophomore Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.) tallied two goals each in the first 30 minutes while senior captain Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) scored at the 15:18 mark on an assist from classmate Emma Malicki (Loudonville, N.Y.), her first of two in the half.
McInerney scored her fourth goal of the game just over three minutes into the second half on a free-position shot to open up a 12-1 lead before a Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) goal for Babson ended the scoring drought at 21:21. Roughly two minutes later, Bantam junior Jennifer Cook (Manhasset, N.Y.) beat Beaver goalie Stevie Burger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) via an assist from sophomore Brooke Swan (Wellesley, Mass.) to reclaim an 11 point advantage for Trinity. After six minutes without a goal by either side, Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) scored on a free-position shot for Babson to make it a 13-3 game but Trinity answered with three-straight goals, by junior Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.), senior Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.) and first-year Caroline Toomey (Wrentham, Mass.), to capture a 13-point advantage. Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) and Mairead Williams (Hingham, Mass.) scored on free-position shots with under five minutes remaining to account for the 16-5 final score.
The Bantams finished with a 25-12 shooting edge as McInerney, Coffey, Simpson and French all turned in multiple goal efforts. Trinity starting goalie junior Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) picked up her 16th win of the season in net as she saved five of the eight shots on net she faced. Junior Clara Nowlan (Needham, Mass.) led Trinity's defense with three caused turnovers to go along with three ground balls while senior Kathryn DeLillio (Wilmington, Del.) and junior Grace O'Donnell (Yarmouth, Maine) tallied a pair of caused turnovers as well. All of Babson's goals came from different players while Christine Gill (Hingham, Mass.) and Delaney Carroll (Acton, Mass.) caused a pair of turnovers each on the afternoon. McKenna led the Beavers with a game-high five draw controls.