Griffin's Five Goals Leads No. 1 Women's Lacrosse Past Wesleyan

Griffin's Five Goals Leads No. 1 Women's Lacrosse Past Wesleyan

Hartford, Conn. – Junior midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) scored five goals and added two assists to lead the No. 1 Trinity College women's lacrosse team to a 12-7 victory over visiting Wesleyan on Tuesday evening at Sheppard Field in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action. With their 11th straight victory, the Bantams improved to 11-1 on the year and 7-1 in league play, while the Cardinals moved to 4-8 overall and 0-7 in conference tilts.

Griffin continued her stellar season in NESCAC play, scoring four or more goals in a conference game for the fifth time and her seven points also matched a season-high. Offensively, first-year Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) was also a key component in the Trinity win as she tied her career-best with three goals. Four other Bantams found the back of the net in the contest and both sophomore Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) and first-year Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) each had multi-point games with one marker and one assist each.

Offensively, sophomore Meredith Smith paced Wesleyan with three tallies. Four other Cardinals each netted one goal apiece in the game, highlighted by senior Leah Sherman, junior Emily Gretzky and sophomore Morgan Moubayed all scoring free-position goals.

Trinity opened the scoring less than 90 seconds into play thanks to a goal from sophomore Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) off a feed from Renee Olsen (Ridgewood, N.J.). Wesleyan responded with two unanswered markers one minute apart to take an early 2-1 lead. The Bantams went on a three-goal run to take back a lead they would not surrender the rest of the contest. After Smith pulled the Cardinals within one with a free-position goal midway through the first half, Trinity ended the opening 30 minutes by scoring three of last four goals to take a 7-4 lead into halftime.

Griffin scored back-to-back goals to start the second half as the Bantams built their lead to five at 9-4. The Cardinals would not go away Moubayed scored on a free-position shot and midway through the final stanza Sherman brought the visitors back within three at 9-6 with her 18th goal of the spring. Trinity ended the Wesleyan rally with two goals 40 seconds apart as Barrett and McInerney fired shots past Carindal netminder Nina Labovich.

With a little over five and a half minutes remaining in regulation, sophomore midfielder Rachel Aronow brought Wesleyan within four with her 11th goal of the season. The Bantams put the game out of reach as Griffin scored her 48th goal of the year with under two minutes left in the game to close out the scoring.

Between the pipes, first-year Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) made one save for Trinity in the opening half to earn her fifth win of the season. Junior Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) stopped five shots in the second half for the Bantams. On the opposite end, Labovich turned aside 14 shots in a losing effort.

Defensively, senior Lindsay Mullaney (Boston, Mass.) caused a team-high two turnovers and scooped two ground balls for Trinity. Five other Trinity players caused one turnover apiece. Griffin had a team-best three ground balls and four draw controls. Lyne added a game-high six draw controls for the Bantams.  

Trinity returns to action next Wednesday, April 15, with a non-conference road contest at TCNJ.