Trinity Women's Lacrosse Hammers Hamilton To Advance To Seventh NESCAC Finals In A Row

Trinity Women's Lacrosse Hammers Hamilton To Advance To Seventh NESCAC Finals In A Row

Middlebury, Vt. - Junior attacker Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) had five goals and one assist to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 12-3 win over the Hamilton College Continentals in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Lacrosse Championship Semifinals this afternoon on Middlebury College's Kohn Field.  The Bantasm, seeded No. 3 in the tournament field, improve to 14-3 and will face the Colby College Mules in the NESCAC Finals tomorrow at Middlebury at 1 p.m.  Trinity, which is also ranked No. 12 nationally, will be playing in its seventh consecutive NESCAC Finals, having won every title from 2011 to 2015 before losing to Middlebury in last year's title game.  Colby last won the league crown in 2008, when they defeated Trinity, also at Middlebury, in the finals by a score of 14-12.  No.4-seeded Colby won, 10-9, over Middlebury in its semifinal game today.

Junior attacker Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) got things going for Trinity at the 22:37 mark, before senior tri-captain attacker Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) scored with a player advantage. Hamilton's Kara Pooley put her team on the board, coming from behind the net to make it a 2-1 game.  The Bantams ripped off the next five goals, holding a 7-1 lead with 1:55 remaining in the half. Coffey scored three times during the run, while sophomore Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.) and senior tri-captain midfielder Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) each tallied solo markers. Hamilton's Kara Pooley found Casey File cutting to the goal with 1:29 remaining to make it a 7-2 game at the break.  Coffey continued her run in the second half, scoring the first two goals to put her team on top 9-2 with 17:21 remaining. Skyler Simson converted a free position for Hamilton before the Bantams recorded the game's final three goals, including a player-down tally from senior midfielder Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.).

Coffey's six points led all scorers and she added four draw-controls. McInerney contributed two goals and two assists, while senior attacker Emma Malicki (Loudonville,N.Y.) had three helpers. Junior Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) picked up the win for the Bantams in goal with nine saves.  Hannah Burrall made 18 saves and had a team high three groundballs for Hamilton. File paced the Continentals with three draw controls, while Maddie Fitzpatrick caused three turnovers.