Clinton, N.Y. - The Trinity College Bantams scored six goals in the first half in a 9-5 victory over the Hamilton College Continentals in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse matchup in Upstate New York on Saturday afternoon at Stueben Field. Trinity, ranked No. 8 in the country, improves to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the NESCAC while Hamilton falls to 4-6 on the year and 2-4 in conference play.
Darby Philbrick gave the Continentals the 1-0 lead just over two minutes after the opening draw. Hamilton worked the ball around the back of the net and passed to Philbrick on the left side of the arc who spun around the defender for the open lane and fired the ball inside the left post at 27:57.
Bantam rookie Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) responded for Trinity with a free position goal at 25:25, and the Bantams added goals from first-year Kendall Milligan (Needham, Mass.) and senior Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) to build a 3-1 edge.
The Continentals took back the lead when they scored three-straight free position goals. Charlotte Wynn scored at the 18:28 mark, Kara Pooley tied the game at 3-3 at 17:07, and the Continentals took the 4-3 lead with 13:29 remaining in the first half when Philbrick notched her second goal of the afternoon.
Led by Berger, the Bantams scored six straight goals, starting with 11:45 left in the first half and extending to 8:36 in the second to make the score 9-4 as the Bantams cruised to the victory. Berger contributed either a goal or an assist for seven of Trinity's goals to finish the game with a season-best five goals and two assists.
Pooley scored the final goal of the contest off a free position shot with 1:39 remaining in the second half, and she finished the game with two goals, four caused turnovers and two draw controls. Philbrick tallied two goals, five draw controls and two caused turnovers. Trinity was led by Berger and senior tri-captain Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) who scored twice and added an assist on the afternoon.
Hannah Burrall finished with six saves in net for Hamilton, and Trinity senior tri-captain Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) made six of her 10 saves in the second half alone. Both teams totaled 19 turnovers, 25 shots and 15 shots on goal. Hamilton had the 11-5 advantage on the draw, including winning all five in the second half.
Trinity returns to action Tuesday when they travel to in-state NESCAC rival Wesleyan University for a 6:30 p.m. game.