Trinity Women's Lacrosse Upends No. 8 Ithaca On Neutral Field

Georgia Mergner '18 scooped a pair of ground balls
Georgia Mergner '18 scooped a pair of ground balls

Sparks, Md. - Junior attacker Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) had three goals, an assist, and a game-high nine draw controls to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 13-9 victory over the Ithaca College Bombers in women's lacrosse action this afternoon on William G. Tierney Field at the USLacrosse Center this afternoon.  Trinity, ranked No. 3 in the nation, improves to 3-0 entering a game Thursday night at No. 9-ranked York (Pa.).  The No. 8-ranked Bombers fall to 3-1.

Ithaca led, 2-1, early, sandwiching goals by Jacqui Hallack and Katie Welch around a free-position goal by Trinity senior tri-captain midfielder Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) over the game's first eight minutes.  The Bantams used a 6-0 run over the next 12 minutes to take a 7-2 lead and led by at least three goals the rest of the way.  Trinity senior attacker Jennifer Cook (Manhasset, N.Y.) tied the score at 2-all on a free-position shot with 18:48 on the clock, and Coffey scored the game-winner 3:04 later.  Cook added another tally during the 6-0 spurt, and Trinity rookie attacker Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) assisted on two of the six.  Hallack scored twice over the final 10 minutes of the first half to help the Bombers stay close heading into intermission.  Trinity led, 9-5, at the break with Cook contributing three of the Bantam scores.

The teams traded goals twice heading into the midpoint of the second half, but Ithaca cut the Trinity advantage to 11-8 with 11:32 remaining when Welch assisted Erin McGee on a goal that forced a Bantam timeout.  The Bombers put just five shots on goal from that point on, and Trinity senior tri-captain Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) made four of her 12 saves over that stretch.  Berger and Coffey scored for the Bantams in the final eight minutes to keep the Trinity lead comfortable.

Ithaca finished with a 31-to-26 shooting advantage, but both teams put 21 shots on goal.  Five Bomber goals were scored on 12 free-position shots, and Trinity scored on half of its six free-position shots.  The teams combined for 40 turnovers, but Trinity dominated the draw with a 17-to-7 edge.  Barrett joined Coffey and Cook with Trinity hat tricks, and rookie midfielder Sydney Bell (Falmouth, Maine) had a goal and six draw controls.  Trinity senior tri-captain defender Clara Nowlan (Needham, Mass.) frustrated the Bomber attack with five caused turnovers and five ground balls.  Hallack scored three times, while Welch had two goals and one assist, and Allie Panara added a goal and two assists to go with three draw controls for Ithaca.  Kimberly Presuto made eight saves in goal and Kaylou Stoddard notched three caused turnovers for the Bombers.