Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams cruised to a 14-4 victory over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Jessee/Miller Field. The No. 9-ranked Bantams improve to 7-2 on the year and 3-1 in conference play while the Polar Bears fall to 6-3 on the year and 2-3 in league action. Trinity returns to action on Wednesday for a NESCAC battle at home versus Connecticut College at 7 p.m.
Trinity scored three early goals, mixed in with one by the Polar Bears, to take a 3-1 lead just five minutes into the game. Senior Grace O'Donnell (Yarmouth, Maine) started things with her ninth goal of the spring, off an assist from rookie Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), just 1:29 into the game. Polar Bear rookie Katherine Miller (Rye, N.Y.) tied things just 20 seconds later off the ensuing draw, but Trinity senior Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) found the back of the net twice within a minute, starting at 26:07, to put the Bantams up two.
After nearly ten minutes without a score, senior tri-captain Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) weaved her way through the Polar Bear defense and fired a shot past goalie Kayli Weiss (Longmont, Colo.) to extend Trinity's lead to 4-1 with 17:32 left to play in the half. A few minutes later, the Bantams nearly had their fifth goal of the game, but a shot from senior Jennifer Cook (Manhasset, N.Y.) ricocheted off the post. The rebound went to the Polar Bears who raced down the field before Hannah Hirschfeld (Concord, N.H.) fired a shot off the turf that bounced up and into the goal to make it a 4-2 game.
With 11:57 left, first-year Kendall Milligan (Needham, Mass.) opened up a three-goal advantage for the hosts thanks to a great shot off a free-position attempt, her third goal of the year. Berger followed suit with a goal just 44 seconds later to make it a 6-2 lead for Trinity. After a Bowdoin goal by Sophia Lubrano (Hanover, N.H.), Bantam sophomore Annie Lyman (Excelsior, Minn.) and Berger scored two-straight to give Trinity an 8-3 lead, late in the half. O'Donnell bookended the first half with her second goal as the Bantams took a 9-3 lead into the break.
Berger and Coffey both scored twice in the first 12 minutes of the second half to open up a commanding, 13-3 lead, allowing the clock to run. Bowdoin had a clean look on a free-position near the 17-minute mark, but the attempt by Gloria Zhao (Schenectady, N.Y.) was saved from point-blank range by Ferguson. Coffey tallied her game-high fifth goal of the afternoon with nine minutes remaining before Eliza Denious (Wilton, Conn.) scored Bowdoin's fourth goal of the afternoon with 5:15 showing on the clock.
Ferguson was stellar between the pipes for the Bantams, finishing with eight saves in the victory. Trinity sophomore Sarah Montalbano (Huntington, N.Y.) led the way defensively, tallying a game-high five caused turnovers to go along with five ground balls. Coffey paced the offense, finishing with at least five goals for the fourth time this spring.