Trinity Women’s Lacrosse Holds On For 9-8 Victory Over No. 15 Cortland in Upstate New York

Sophie Berger '21 (photo credit: Betsy Carothers)
Sophie Berger '21 (photo credit: Betsy Carothers)

Schenectady, N.Y. – A late game, free-position goal by senior Grace O'Donnell (Yarmouth, Maine), coupled with back-to-back caused turnovers by senior Jennifer Cook (Manhasset, N.Y.) and rookie Marcella Flibotte (Cohasset, Mass.) helped seal a 9-8 victory for the No. 9-ranked Trinity College women's lacrosse team over the No. 15-ranked SUNY Cortland Red Dragons on Thursday evening at Union College in Upstate New York. Trinity improves to 6-2 on the year while Cortland falls to 5-4 overall. The Bantams return to action on Saturday when they host New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent Bowdoin College at noon at Jessee/Miller Field.

Trinity struck first at the 24:40 mark in the first half on a man-down goal by senior captain Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.). Barrett scooped up a rebound off a shot from classmate Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) that hit the post, and fired it past Cortland starting goalie Annie Casey (Bay Shore, N.Y.) to put the Bantams ahead, 1-0. Trinity doubled up its lead just 20 seconds later when rookie Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) found the back of the net with the Bantams still down a player.

Cortland answered with two-straight goals to tie things at 2-2 with 14:11 showing on the scoreboard before the half. Lexie Meager (Syracuse, N.Y.) got things going with a goal at the 21:34 mark before Brie Yonge (Penn Yan, N.Y.) scored after causing a turnover in Cortland's defensive zone, racing down the field and beating Bantam senior tri-captain and netminder Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.), to tie the game.

Barrett connected with rookie Annie Lyman (Excelsior, Minn.) a full minute after Yonge's goal for Lyman's ninth goal of the spring, putting Trinity back ahead, 3-2. The Red Dragons had an answer though, as Meager scored her second goal of the evening off an assist from Carly Stone (Syracuse, N.Y.) with 8:25 left before the half. Coffey scored twice within a minute, the second of which came on a man-up goal assisted by Berger, to give the Bantams a 5-3 lead before Berger netted Trinity's sixth goal with just 31 seconds remaining in the half to give Trinity a 6-3 halftime advantage.

The Red Dragons came out and scored two-straight goals to start the second half and cut the deficit to 6-5. Hannah Lorenzen (Stony Brook, N.Y.) scored her 11th goal of the season before assisting on Meager's third of the game just 3:20 later. Barrett thwarted the short spurt when she beat Casey to the back of the net with 20:30 left to play to give Trinity back a two-goal advantage.

Molly Newton (Skaneateles, N.Y.) and Coffey traded scores as Trinity maintained a two-goal lead with 13:19 left before Meager's fourth goal of the evening cut the deficit to one once again. The Red Dragons won the ensuing draw which led to the equalizer from Yongue, assisted by Katie Wolfe (East Amherst, N.Y.), just 17 seconds later to tie the game at 8-8 with 10:56 left to play.

After a Cortland foul was called inside its own arc, O'Donnell converted on a free-position attempt with 8:22 left, deking Casey and firing a shot that bounced off the turf and into the back of the net.

Ferguson came up with a clutch save on a breakaway shot by Yongue to give Trinity possession with less than three minutes left to play. Trinity turned the ball over on the ensuing offensive possession but Cook caused a turnover near midfield to give Trinity back the ball. The Bantams were whistled for a shot-clock violation with just over a minute left but Flibotte came up huge on the defensive end for the Bantams, intercepting a Cortland pass and allowing the Bantams to run out the clock and escape Schenectady with the 9-8 victory.

Ferguson finished with 13 saves in her sixth win of the year in net while Casey tallied nine stops. Both sides finished with 27 shots apiece as well as 13 caused turnovers in the tightly contested matchup of top-15 teams.