Trinity Women's Lacrosse Doubles Up Williams In Season Opener

Zoe Ferguson '18 made nine saves
Zoe Ferguson '18 made nine saves

Hartford, Conn. - Junior attacker Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) had three goals and an assist to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 12-6 victory over the visiting Williams College Ephs in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse season opener for both teams this afternoon in bitter cold and windy weather on Sheppard Field.  The Bantams, ranked No. 3 in the nation, downed Williams for the 10th time in a row.  

The teams traded goals over the first five minutes, but the Bantams scored three of the last four goals of the first half and never trailed.  McInerney netted the clincher off a feed by senior co-captain midfielder Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) at the 12:56 mark, snapping a 12:44 stretch of no scoring, and Bantam junior attacker Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) scored unassisted 23 seconds later.  Williams sophomore midfielder Eliza Quigley (Marblehead, Mass.) converted on a free-position shot to cut the home team's lead to 4-3 with just under 10 minutes on the clock, but Bantam senior co-captain attacker Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) scored twice in the final 8:44 to push the score to 6-3 at the break.

McInerney returned the favor to Simpson with an assist to her on the opening tally of the second half just 23 seconds after intermission, and the Bantams scored three of the next four goals including a pair by McInerney to go ahead, 9-3, at the 20:54 mark.  The Ephs got within four with 13:59 on the clock thanks to back-to-back goals by sophomore Emma Tenbarge (Baltimore, Md.) and senior co-captain midfielder Jenna Chodos (Wilmington, Del.), the second tallies of the game for each.  Trinity junior midfielder Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) secured the victory with three goals in the last 12 minutes.

Trinity junior Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) made nine saves and Williams senior goalie Margaret Draper (Belmont, Mass.) stopped five shots.  The Ephs were called for three yellow cards and Lyne's first goal came with Williams playing down two players.  Williams scooped 15 ground balls to 11 for the Bantams, but Trinity won 12 of 20 draws.  Coffey had four draw controls and Lyne had three, while Barrett registered three caused turnovers.  Chodos had three draw controls and two caused turnovers for the Ephs.