Hartford, Conn. – Senior attacker Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) scored five times to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 13-2 victory over the visiting Bates College Bobcats in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this afternoon on Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity, ranked No. 3 in the nation, improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the NESCAC, while the Bobcats fall to 3-3 overall and 0-3 in the league. The Bantams visit conference rival Tufts, ranked No. 10 nationally, next Saturday at 1 p.m. Bates' next game will be at home on Wednesday, March 21 at 5 p.m. against Roger Williams.
Trinity led wire-to-wire, taking a 2-0 lead in the first 5:25 on goals by Coffey and senior tri-captain midfielder Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) and extending that to 5-1 by the 11-minute mark of the first half. Freshman midfielder Summer Dias (West Newton, Mass.) scored the first Bates goal with 21:51 on the clock and junior attacker Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) ended a 3-0 Bantam run with the other Bobcat tally from senior attacker Teal Otley (Cumberland, Maine) with 8:50 remaining before the break. Coffey had scored twice more during Trinity's 3-0 run and added her fourth of the first half on a free-position shot with 4:06 left to give the Bantams a 6-2 advantage at the break. The second half was one-sided, as Trinity scored all seven goals after intermission. First-year midfielder Sydney Bell (Falmouth, Maine) scored two of the seven for the Bantams.
Trinity doubled up Bates shooting the ball by a 26-to-13 count and scooped 22 ground balls to 10 for the Bobcats. The draws and fouls were fairly even, but Trinity converted on all four of its free-position shots and stopped Bates on both of theirs. The Bantams also forced 22 turnovers while committing 18. Eight different Bantams scored goals, including senior attacker Grace O'Donnell (Yarmouth, Maine) and sophomore midfielder Annie Lyman (Excelsior, Minn.) who both also had assists. Trinity junior midfielder Caroline McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) notched four draw controls, while rookie midfielder Marcella Filbotte (Cohasset Mass.) had a game-high seven ground balls. Defensively, Filbotte and sophomore Lauren Taylor (Madison, N.J) registered three caused turnovers apiece, and senior tri-captain Zoe Ferguson (Ridgwood, N.J.) made nine saves. Senior tri-captain Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) had four draw controls, and junior goalkeeper Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) made six saves for Bates.