Hartford, Conn. – Senior attacker Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) scored six goals, including the game-winner midway through the second half, to lead the Trinity College Bantams to an 11-9 2 victory over the visiting Colby College Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s lacrosse action this evening on Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity, ranked No. 11 in the nation, improves to 10-4 overall, snapping a two-game losing skid, and 6-3 in the NESCAC while avenging a 13-9 loss to the Mules in the 2017 NESCAC Finals. No. 16-ranked Colby drops to 8-6 overall and 3-6 in the league. Trinity closes the 2018 regular season at home on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. against No. 4-ranked Amherst, and Colby visits league foe Bates the same day in its regular-season finale.
Trinity jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first 7:24 of play and led, 8-4, less than a minute into the second half before a 5-0 Mule run gave the visitors a 9-8 lead with 17:51 remaining in the game. Bantam senior attacker Jenny Cook (Manhasset, N.Y.) tied it at 9-all, streaking across the field from left to right in front of the goal and firing past Colby junior goalie Izzy Scribano (Darien, Conn.). Coffey netted the clincher at the 15:57 mark after scooping up a loose ball in front of the net, and senior tri-captain midfielder Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) tallied an insurance goal moments later with a spin move in traffic. Colby could not record a shot-on-goal for the next 11 minutes, and Bantam senior goalkeeper Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) made a clutch save on a one-timer from straight-on by Mule senior Kendall Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J.) with four minutes left to play.
Trinity first-year Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) had opened the scoring with a goal from senior midfielder Georgia Mergner (West Caldwell, N.J.) 1:17 into the game, and Coffey scored three times over the next 6:07 for a 4-0 Trinity lead. Freshman Grace Langmuir (Providence, R.I.) scored the first Mule marker with 22:36 on the clock, and senior Sasha Fritts (Darien, Conn.) scored two of three Colby goals in the middle of the first half to make the score, 5-4, with 11:25 to go before intermission. Trinity senior attacker Grace O’Donnell (Yarmouth, Maine) scored with Colby a player down due to a yellow card at the 10:10 mark of the first half, and Coffey scored the last goal before the break and the first one 33 seconds after it to make it 8-4.
Colby finished with a 23-to-26 shooting advantage and forced 26 Trinity turnovers, but the Bantams won 14 off 22 draws. The Mules scored on three of seven free-position shots, and Trinity scored on one of its two. Ferguson was a wall with stops and Scribano had three saves for the Mules. Cook joined Coffey as a multiple-point scorer, totaling two goals and one assist, while sophomore defender Sarah Montalbano (Huntington, N.Y.) notched a game-high five draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers. The Bantam back line was solid all around, as senior tri-captain Clara Nowlan (Needham, Mass.) added two caused turnovers and three ground balls, and junior Jen Durocher (Longmeadow, Mass.) picked up a game-high five ground balls. Fritts finished with four goals for Colby, while Langmuir had two goals and one assist, and Smith also scored twice. Sophomore Melinda Edie (Dedham, Mass.) paced the Mule defense with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.