Trinity Women's Lacrosse Loses Heartbreaker At No. 9-Ranked York In Double Overtime

Mary French '19 scooped two ground balls
Mary French '19 scooped two ground balls

York, Pa. - Melissa Meehling scored the game-winning goal on a free-position shot in double overtime to lead the York College Spartans to a 16-15 win over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in women's lacrosse action this evening at Kinsley Field.  Trinity, ranked No. 3 in the nation, falls to 3-1 with the loss to the nation's No. 9-ranked team just two days after downing No. 8-ranked Ithaca on Thursday.  York improves to 3-1, avenging a loss to Trinity in Hartford in last year's NCAA Quarterfinals.  The Bantams will host New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Bates on Saturday, March 17 at noon.

In the first 10 minutes, four different Bantams scored, while the Spartans did not find the back of the net.  After a York goal by Meghan Fox put York on the board with 18:43 remaining in the first half, senior tri-captain midfielder Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) scored the first and last of three Bantam goals in a row for a 7-1 Trinity lead with 8:23 on the clock.  The Spartans scored four in a row over the next 3:24 to make it, 7-5, and each team scored twice more in the final 2:18 before the break for a 9-7 Bantam lead at the half.  Barrett fed sophomore midfielder Annie Lyman (Excelsior, Minn.) with 39 seconds left in the first stanza to give the visitors momentum heading into the second stanza.

Both teams scored five times over the opening 19:45 of the second half, and senior attacker Jennifer Cook (Manhasset, N.Y.) assisted classmate Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) on three of the five Trinity scores during that stretch.  With 10:15 to go, senior attacker Grace O'Donnell (Yarmouth, Maine) scored to push the Trinity lead to three at 15-12, but Meehling and Fox both scored on free-position shots and then Fox tied it at 15-all with with 2:48 to play.  Meehling got off the lone shot with the game tied in regulation, but Trinity senior tri-captain goalie Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) made a clutch save to force overtime.  Meehling and O'Donnell took the lone shots of the first overtime but both Ferguson and York goalie Charlotte Wright were up to the task.  Ferguson made two more stops in the second extra session, but both Bantam possessions resulted in turnovers before Meehling ended it with a bouncer off the free position.  

Trinity was whistled for 39 fouls to 14 for the Spartans, and the home team converted on nine of its 22 free-position shots while the Bantams scored on four of their seven free-position shots.  York won 26 of 36 draw controls, outshot Trinity 41-to-24  and scooped 22 ground balls to 14 for the Bantams.  Barrett and Coffey scored five times each for Trinity, while Cook had a goal and four assists, and Lyman added two goals and one assist.  Fox led all goal scorers with eight.  Ferguson made 16 saves and Wright had five saves.