Women's Lacrosse Explodes for 16 Goals in NCAA Tournament Win Against Fredonia St.

Women's Lacrosse Explodes for 16 Goals in NCAA Tournament Win Against Fredonia St.

Gettysburg, Pa. – Junior Midfielder Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) scored four goals and added two assists as the Trinity College women's lacrosse team topped Fredonia State, 16-5, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at Clark Field on the campus of Gettysburg College.

The Bantams improve to 17-2 with their 13th straight win, while the Blue Devils saw their season come to an end with a 12-7 record. Trinity advances to the Regional Final where it will square off with the host Bullets at 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Gettysburg defeated Middlebury, 9-7, in the first game of the day to earn its berth in the quarterfinals.

Hayes led the offensive charge for Trinity, while sophomore Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) added two goals and three assists. Hayes and Griffin were two of five Bantams to register multi-goal games. On the defensive end, Renee Olsen (Ridgewood, N.J.) caused two turnovers to go along with a pair of goals.

For Fredonia State, Marissa Cussins scored three goals with Kristie Kleine and Juliana Kotas adding the other tallies, while Katie Kleine had the lone assist for the Blue Devils.

In the first half, the Bantams offense was very efficient scoring 11 goals on 13 shots. Trinity opened the game with four straight goals as Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.), Griffin, Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Hayes each found the back of the net. Cussins put the Blue Devils on the board with her first marker of the afternoon and the Bantams closed out the opening half with a 7-0 run. During that stretch, Bantams goaltender Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) made three saves and Fredonia State committed six turnovers. Griffin was a difference maker during the opening 30 minutes for Trinity, assisting on three goals and scoring a pair.

In the second half, Fredonia netted three goals in the first ten minutes to pull within eight at 12-4. During the spurt, Cussins scored twice for the Blue Devils and Olsen registered her second tally of the contest for Trinity. With just over 16 minutes left in regulation, Mooney made a huge save on a point blank shot by Kristie Kleine and on the other end Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) scored her second goal of the game for Trinity to make it 13-4. A little over a minute later, first-year Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) made it a ten-goal contest with her seventh tally of the season. Lyne had another quality game for Trinity, recording a team-best three draw controls. With seven minutes left in the game, freshman Meghan Collins (Marblehead, Mass.) buried a shot off a feed from sophomore Abby McQuillan (Medfield, Mass.) to give the Bantams an 11-goal advantage. During the final four minutes of action, the two teams traded goals as the Bantams advanced with the 16-5 victory.

Mooney made five saves to pick up her 16th win of the year between the pipes, while junior Bridget Kitchen (North Andover, Mass.) surrendered a goal in final eight minutes of play. On the opposite end, Jessica Zagari turned aside three shots in a losing effort.

Trinity held a slight 16-14 advantage in groundballs, while the Blue Devils won 14-of-26 draw controls and outshot the Bantams, 25-23.