Hartford, Conn. – Extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 13 games, the Trinity College Bantams dominated possession with a 16-to-9 edge on the draw on its way to a 16-7 victory over the visiting Middlebury College Panthers in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s lacrosse action this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 1 nationally, improves to 13-1 overall and 8-1 in the NESCAC, wins its regular-season home finale, while the No. 2-ranked Panthers drop to 11-2 overall and 7-2 in the league with their first loss in 12 games. The Bantams, who have won handily in their two games this spring against No. 2-ranked squads, having defeated then-No. 2-ranked Hamilton two weeks ago, 15-7, extend their winning streak against Middlebury to nine games.
Trinity scored three-straight goals in less than three minutes midway through the first half to turn a 2-2 tie into a 5-2 lead and never let its advantage slip to less than two goals the rest of the way. Sophomore midfielder Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) started the run with a free-position shot at the 18:31 mark of the first half, while junior midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) and first-year Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) added unassisted tallies moments later. Bridget Instrum (Granby, Mass.) brought the Panthers to within two scores at 5-3 with 12:46 on the clock, but Trinity scored two of the last three goals before the break for a 7-4 halftime lead. Simpson hit the post from close in the final seconds of the opening stanza.
Trinity took a commanding 11-4 lead just over five minutes into the second half, as sophomore Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) fed Barrett and senior attacker Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.) for two goals, Simpson assisted senior tri-captain attacker Renee Olsen (Ridgewood, N.J.) on another, and Cox finished the 4-0 spurt unassisted with 24:39 on the clock. Four of the game’s final eight games were scored on free-position shots, with Griffin scoring two of Trinity’s last five tallies to lead all scorers with four goals and one assist for the contest.
Cox added a hat trick plus an assist, while Lyne totaled two goals and two assists, and Simpson had two goals and one assist. Laurel Pascal (Greenwich, Conn.) scored twice for Middlebury, and Katie Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) added one goal and one assist. Griffin also notched a game-high eight draw controls and Lyne added five, while senior Lindsay Mullaney (Boston, Mass.) paced Trinity defensively with two ground balls and a caused turnover. Pascal had two ground ball, two draw controls, and a caused turnover for Middlebury, while Madeleine Kinker (Rye, N.Y.) made 10 saves in the Panther goal. First-year Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.), now 7-0, and junior Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) combined for nine stops for the Bantams.