Nashville, Tenn. – Senior tri-captain attacker Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) had a hand in all six Bantam goals in the second half to help Trinity College pull away from the Dickinson College Red Devils for a 12-7 victory in women’s lacrosse action this afternoon on Natchez Field on the campus of Vanderbilt University. Trinity, ranked No. 2 nationally, bounced back from an 11-10 loss to No. 17-ranked Ithaca on Tuesday to improve to 4-1, while the Red Devils fall to improves to 2-3 with their first loss in three games.
With the game tied, 6-6, at halftime, Lyne took matters into her own hands with a goal off a free-position shot 5:27 into the second half to give Trinity a 7-6 lead, an assist on the game-winning tally by senior tri-captain midfielder Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.), and four goals in the last 12 minutes to turn an 8-7 advantage into a 12-7 final score. Ashley Conner had scored for Dickinson with 19:38 on the clock to tie the score at 7-all, but Simpson gave the Bantams the lead for good just 42 seconds later after Lyne won the ensuing draw and fed her the ball.
Trinity opened up a 4-2 lead with 12:43 left in the first half thanks to a pair of goals by junior attacker Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) sandwiched around Lyne’s first score of the game after Dickinson had taken an early 2-1 lead. The Red Devils scores three of the next four goals to tie it 5-5 with 6:31 before the break, and Trinity junior attacker Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) and Red Devil senior midfielder Sophie Waine traded goals before intermission.
Trinity finished with a slim shooting edge (21-19), but scooped 20 ground balls to 12 for the Red Devils and forced 14 turnovers. Lyne led all scorers with six goals and one assist, while Coffey had a hat trick, and Simpson totaled a goal and two assists. McInerney and Lyne both notched three draw controls for Trinity, while rookie defender Sarah Montalbano (Huntington, N.Y.) registered two ground balls and three caused turnovers, and junior Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) made six saves in goal. Dickinson’s Sam Marmo scored four times, while Maddy Siebold grabbed a game-high seven draw controls, and Tara Cuddihy stopped seven shots in the Red Devil goal.