Lewiston, Maine - Junior goalkeeper Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) saved 11 of 16 shots on goal to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 9-5 victory over the Bates College Bobcats in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action at Garcelon Field this afternoon. Trinity, ranked No. 2 in the nation, improves to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the NESCAC, while the Bobcats fall to 3-3 overall and 0-3 in the league. Senior midfielder Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.), ans juniors Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.), Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.), and Grace O'Donnell (Yarmouth, Maine) scored twice each, while senior tri-captain attacker Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) added a pair of assists for the Trinity offense. Defensively, junior Clara Nowlan (Needham, Mass.) caused three turnovers for the Bantams while classmate Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) added a goal and four draw controls.
Barrett and Coffey both scored twice in the first half to lead Trinity to a 6-2 lead at the break.
Barrett struck first, catching a quick flip down the middle from Lyne and finishing the play 70 seconds into the game. Bates junior Allison Dewey answered with a tying goal 16 seconds later after junior Camille Belletete controlled the draw. Trinity held Bates off the scoreboard for the next 16 minutes, meanwhile getting goals from McInerney and O'Donnell for a 3-1 lead. Bates closed the gap to 3-2, but Barrett doubled the lead with 8:51 to go, spinning away from a defender and finding herself unguarded against Bobcat goalie Eliza Statile. Coffey scored her first goal with 8:07 to go, then bounced in a shot from a high-release point to make it 6-2 with 4:12 left, as Trinity closed out the half on a 3-0 run.
Statile stopped a free-position shot by senior tri-captain midfielder Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) three minutes into the second half, and shortly after Belletete scored on a charge up the middle. With 25:29 to go, Teal Otley finished off an impressive solo move and a herky-jerky shot into the top left corner to close the Bates deficit to 6-4. Trinity responded with three unanswered goals while holding Bates scoreless over 25 minutes. Stauffer gave Trinity more breathing room after an extra pass made by junior midfielder Georgia Mergner (West Caldwell, N.J.). With 21:46 left, Lyne's laser pass from the right wing to O'Donnell near the left post made it 8-4. Trinity put the game nearly out of reach with 11:44 to go, with Simpson assisting Stauffer to make it 9-4.
Otley's free-position goal with 15 seconds left closed the final deficit to 9-5.