Brunswick, Maine - The Trinity College women's lacrosse team held off a late Bowdoin College rally to take a 12-7 victory in a battle of top-10 teams on Sunday afternoon at Ryan Field. The No. 6-ranked Bantams improve to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), while the No. 8-ranked Polar Bears fall to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the league.
Trinity jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes and rode the hot play of junior goaltender Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) to carry a four-goal lead into the break. Junior midfielder Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) scored three first-half goals and Ferguson made 10 saves in the opening half for the Bantams. Hannah Hirschfeld accounted for the lone Bowdoin goal as Trinity carried a 5-1 lead into intermission.
Clare Lyne sparked a 3-1 run out of the break to extend the visitors' lead to 8-2 before Bowdoin begana comeback. Kelsey Gallagher opened a 5-1 run for Bowdoin which saw her score three times, including a goal with 8:02 remaining that trimmed the lead to 9-7 with 8:02 to go. Trinity won the ensuing draw control, however, and finished a long possession with a Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) goal at 6:17 to regain a three-goal lead and Lyne added another score just 15 seconds later to put the contest out of reach.
Trinity won despite a 29-19 disadvantage in shots and 18 turnovers, place maintaining sole possession of firstbut couldn't overcome a 15-save effort by Ferguson. Lyne led all scorers with four goals and three assists for Trinity while Barrett ended with four goals, and McInerney had a game-high four draw controls.