Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College women's lacrosse senior tri-captain Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) was named as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Division III Attacker of the Year and joined Bantam juniors Clara Nowlan (Needham, Mass.) and Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) on the IWLCA Division III All-American Teams. Lyne was an IWLCA All-American First Teamer, while Ferguson and Nowlan each graced the second team. The trio also joined Bantam junior Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) on the IWLCA Division III All-Berkshire Region First Team and senior tri-captain Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) and junior Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) graced the IWLCA All-Berkshire Region Second Team. Lyne, Nowlan and Ferguson were named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference First Team.
Coached by Katy Dissinger (3rd Season), the Bantams qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the 13th time and the eighth year in a row, downing Babson, 16-5, Franklin and Marshall, 13-12, and York (Pa.), 10-5, to reach the NCAA Final Four for the sixth consecutive spring before falling, 8-4, against eventual champion Gettysburg in the semifinals at Roanoke College's Kerr Stadium.
Lyne, a three-time All-NESCAC First Team selection, led Trinity in assists (25), scoring (73 points), shots (105), man-up goals (4), free-position goals (16 in 35 attempts), and added 51 draw controls, 48 goals, three game-winning goals, 19 ground balls, and nine caused turnovers in 22 games and 21 starts this spring. Lyne, a three-time All-American and All-Regional selection, was named as a Division III "Player to Watch" this spring by both the New England Lacrosse Journal and Lacrosse Magazine. Lyne is Trinity's all-time leader in draw controls with 229 and notched 145 goals and 55 assists (T7th all-time at Trinity) to become the 11th Bantam to reach the 200-point milestone (200). She added 61 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers in 87 games and 81 starts. An alum of the Middlesex School, Lyne graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in psychology. She is the daughter of James and Tracy Lyne.
Nowlan anchors the Bantam defensive unit, leading the team with 24 caused turnovers to go with 30 ground balls in 19 games and 18starts this spring. Also an IWLCA All-Berkshire Regional selection this spring and a NESCAC All-Academic honoree in 2016, Nowlan is a political science major and a graduate of Needham High School. She is the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Nowlan.
Ferguson, in her third season as Trinity's starting goalie, was 17-4 in 1,269 minutes and made 163 saves with a NESCAC-best .514 save percentage, a 7.28 GAA. She also had 19 ground balls this spring while starting all 22 games. A psychology major and graduate of Ridgewood High School, she is the daughter of Thomas and Ezra Ferguson.
Coffey, a two-year starter, led the Bantams with 58 goals and five game-winners, while setting a new conference record for goals in a NESCAC game with seven in the league finals and goals in the NESCAC tournament as she found the back of the net 17 times in the three games. Coffey added one assist for 59 points, 99 shots, 10 free-position goals, 13 ground balls, and 43 draw controls in 21 games and 21 starts. She is also a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree. A political science major and graduate of Governor's Academy, she is the daughter of Jill and Thomas Coffey.
Simpson, a three-year starter and also an All-Berkshire Region Second Teamer as a sophomore in 2015, scored 44 points on 29 goals and 15 assists with 67 shots, 26 ground balls, 16 draw controls, and 16 caused turnovers in 22 games and 21 starts. A three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Simpson was named to the all-tournament team at the 2017 NCAA Final Four. She totaled 91 goals and 51 assists for 142 points with 199 shots, 23 free-position goals, 81 ground balls, 54 draw controls, and 37 caused turnovers in 84 games and 65 career starts. An alum of the Williston-Northampton School, Simpson graduated from Trinity in MAy with a degree in public policy & law. She is the daughter of Pamela and Jeff Simpson.
McInerney, a two-year starter, lands on the All-Berkshire Region Second Team for the second consecutive season. She notched 37 goals and 13 assists for 50 points, taking 70 shots and recording nine free-position goals, 19 ground balls, and a team-high 53 draw controls in 22 games and 21 starts this spring. A mechanical engineering major and graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School, she is the daughter of Heidi and Tom McInerney.
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