Women's Lacrosse Cruises Past Pomona-Pitzer, 16-2, to Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals

Women's Lacrosse Cruises Past Pomona-Pitzer, 16-2, to Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals

Hartford, Conn. – The No. 1 Trinity College women's lacrosse team cruised to a 16-2 victory over visiting Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday afternoon in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Robin L. Sheppard Field. With their 19th straight victory, the Bantams improve to 19-1 on the season and will face the winner of this afternoon's tilt between Bowdoin and The College of New Jersey in the NCAA Quarterfinals tomorrow afternoon. The Sagehens saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end as they finished the season with a 15-4 overall record.

Trinity was dominant on both ends of the field in the victory, scoring 16 or more goals in a game for the fifth time this year, while surrendering a season-low two goals.

The Bantams opened the scoring less than 90 seconds into the contest as senior tri-captain Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) broke past a defender and netted her 15th marker of the spring. Two minutes later, Pomona-Pitzer knotted the tilt at one courtesy of an unassisted goal from junior midfielder Ally McLaughlin. With 23:30 left in the first half, the Bantams took a lead they would not surrender for the rest of the game thanks to the first of two goals on the afternoon from first-year Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.).

It was a one-goal game for the next 11 minutes before Trinity ended the first half with six unanswered tallies in the last 12 minutes of the opening stanza. During the surge, junior midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) scored a pair of free-position goals and first-year Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) capped the scoring with the first of her two goals in the game to give the hosts an 8-1 edge heading into halftime.

In the second half, the Sagehens pulled within six at 8-2 four minutes in as sophomore Rebecca Long took the ball coast-to-coast and fired a shot past Trinity goalie Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.). Thirty-eight seconds later, Trinity answered as senior Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.) scored on a free-position shot to give the Bantams a 9-2 lead. Following Cox's tally, the Bantams ended the game on a 7-0 run to advance to the regional championship.

Offensively, six different Bantams recorded multi-goal games led by Griffin with three markers. Hayes, Cox, Barrett, McInerney and senior tri-captain Renee Olsen (Ridgewood, N.J.) all scored two tallies apiece. Sophomore Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.) added a goal and an assist, while junior Abby McQuillan (Medfield, Mass.) registered two helpers.

Long's second-half goal was her team-leading 41st of the season for Pomona-Pitzer and McLaughlin's first-half strike was her 19th.

In the Cage, first-year Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) played the first half for Trinity and made two saves to earn her 11th win of the year. Mooney stopped one shot in relief of Ferguson in the second half. On the opposite end, sophomore Gaby Fukumura turned aside eight shots in a losing effort.

Defensively, Bantam sophomore midfielder Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) and classmate Lara Guida (Mendham, N.J.) each caused two turnovers each. 10 other Trinity players all caused one turnover and four Bantams grabbed two ground balls apiece. For the Sagehens, Fukumura caused a game-high six turnovers and had six ground balls.

Trinity outshot Pomona-Pitzer, 25-9, and held a 14-5 advantage in draw controls. Griffin won a game-best four draw controls and Hayes had three of her own.

Trinity will play the winner of this afternoon's Bowdoin-TCNJ game at Sheppard Field. The Bantams will square off with either the Polar Bears or the Lions at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, with a berth in the Final Four on the line.

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