Amherst, Mass. – Senior co-captain attacker Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) amassed five goals and two assists to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 14-7 victory over the Amherst College Mammoths in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s lacrosse regular-season finale for both teams this evening on Pratt Field. Trinity, ranked No. 11 nationally, ends a two-game losing skid to close the regular slate at 12-3 and secures a first-place tie with Colby, Hamilton, and Middlebury in the NESCAC with an 8-2 mark against league teams. The Bantams will open post-season play as the No. 3-seed in the NESCAC Tournament and will host No. 6-seeded Tufts on Saturday at noon in the opening round. The Mammoths are now 6-8 overall and 3-7 in the conference, having lost their fifth-straight game against the Bantams, and will face top-seeded Middlebury in the NESCAC Championship Tournament as the No. 8 seed this weekend.
Trinity fell behind, 3-0, early, as Amherst rookie midfielder Hannah Fox (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) found senior Kate Wyeth (Concord, Mass.) for back-to-back scores in a span of less than two minutes, and senior midfielder Claire Cagnassola '(Summit, N.J.) scored at the 21:36 mark for the home squad. The Bantams turned the tables on the Mammoths with a six-goal run. Lyne scored three times during the stretch, while junior attacker Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) added two markers. Lyne stated the spurt with a bouncing free-position shot past Mammoth junior goalie Kyra Gardner (Darien, Conn.) after a shooting space call against Amherst, and she fed junior attacker Georgia Mergner (West Caldwell, N.J.) with a pretty pass over the Mammoth defense to tie the game at 3-3 with 9:03 on the clock after Coffey had scored the first of her three goals on a free position just 1:06 earlier. Lyne won the draw and put the Bantams up for good with another bouncing free-position shot past Gardner just 25 seconds after Mergner’s goal, and she scored her third of the half with a low a shot from close on the goalie’s right to make it 5-3 with 6:34 left before the break. Coffey scored with 5:23 remaining before intermission and Mammoth senior Kelly Karczewski (Darien, Conn.) converted on Fox’s third helper of the first 20 minutes to cut the Amherst deficit to 6-4 at the half and end almost an 18-minute scoring drought for the home squad.
Early in the second frame, Lyne and Amherst junior Julia Crerend (New Canaan, Conn.) exchanged goals, but the Bantams scored five straight to make it 12-5 midway through the second stanza. Trinity senior co-captain midfielder and junior attacker Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) scored twice each, while junior attacker Grace O'Donnell (Yarmouth, Maine) assisted on two goals during the 5-0 run. Each team scored twice in the final 12:11.
Lyne lit up the stat sheet with two ground balls, two draw controls, and a caused turnover to add to her seven points, while fellow senior Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.) led the Bantams with three draw controls, and first-year defender Morgan Strabley (Summit, N.J.) chipped in three caused turnovers. Trinity junior goalie Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) had seven saves and a pair of ground balls, and senior defender Lara Guida (Mendham, N.J.) picked up a team-high four ground balls.