Three Bantams Earn All-American Honors, Five Receive All-Regional Recognition
Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College women's lacrosse senior tri-captain goalkeeper Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) has been named as both the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Division III National Goaltender of the Year and the New England Lacrosse Journal Division III Player of the Year. She is just the second Bantam to win the National Goalkeeper of the Year award and the first since current Babson College head coach Michelle Smith won it in 2007. Ferguson and Trinity senior attacker Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) were also both named as 2018 IWLCA Division III First Team All-Americans and to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference First Team, while senior midfielder Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) graced the IWLCA Division III All-American Second Team and the All-NESCAC Second Team this spring. The trio additionally joined senior tri-captain defender Clara Nowlan (Needham, Mass.) on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division All-Berkshire Region First Team, while Bantam sophomore defender Sarah Montalbano (Huntington, N.Y.) graced the IWLCA All-Regional Second Team.
Trinity, led by Head Coach Katy Dissinger (4th season), finished the year with a 13-7 overall record and finished tied with Bowdoin and Wesleyan for fourth place in the league standings with a 6-4 mark in conference play. Trinity defeated Tufts University, 12-10, in the NESCAC Quarterfinals but lost, 16-13, at Middlebury in the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Bantams received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament and a bye to the second round before downing Springfield, 16-4, to advance to the third round where they defeated Rhodes College, 20-11, to reach the quarterfinals. There, Trinity ultimately fell, 9-8, to regional host Salisbury.
Ferguson, a two-time All-All-American First Teamer, owned the best save percentage in the conference at .532 (16th in nation)and posted an 8.59 goals against average with 189 saves (17th in nation) in 20 games and 1.158 minutes in goal. She was named as the NESCAC Player of the Week once this spring. A four-year starter, Ferguson was an IWLCA All-Berkshire Region and All-NESCAC First Team honoree last spring. Ferguson is an alum of Ridgewood High School and graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in psychology. She is the daughter of Thomas and Ezra Ferguson.
Coffey led Trinity and the NESCAC in goals and scoring with 71 goals (3.56 per game, 25th in nation) and five assists for 76 points in 20 games. She also finished with team-highs of 125 shots, 19 free-position goals, and a .704 free-position percentage (13th in nation) to go with 40 draw controls (3rd on team). A three-year starter, Coffey was an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Division III All-Berkshire Region First Team selection last season. Coffey is an alum of Governor's Academy and graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in political science. She is the daughter of Thomas and Jill Coffey.
Barrett tallied a team-high 49 draw controls and added 55 points on 41 goals and 14 assists, 29 ground balls, and 16 caused turnovers in 20 games this spring. She was named as the NESCAC Player of the Week and the IWLCA National Player of the Week once each this spring. Barrett is an alum of Concord High School, Barrett graduated in May with a degree in public policy & law. She is the daughter of Bill and Amy Barrett.
Nowlan anchored the Bantam defensive unit, leading the team with 42 ground balls to go with 22 caused turnovers while playing in every game this spring. An IWLCA All-Berkshire Regional, All-NESCAC First Team, and IWLCA All-American Second Team selection last spring and a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Nowlan is an alum of Needham High School and graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in political science. She is the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Nowlan. Montalbano led Trinity in caused turnovers with 22 and finished with 27 ground balls and 33 draw controls in in her second season as a back-line starter. She has started every game the past two seasons. A graduate of St. Anthony's High School, Montalbano is majoring in neuroscience at Trinity. She is the daughter of Roberta and Richard Montalbano.
New England Lacrosse Journal Player of the Year