New London, Conn. - An 9-2 halftime deficit proved too much to handle for the Connecticut College Camels as the Trinity College Bantams came away with a 14-10 victory on Wednesday night in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse tilt at Silfen Field in New London. The No. 13-ranked Bantams improve to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the NESCAC while Connecticut College falls to 3-7 on the year and 0-6 in league play.
Trinity surged to a 5-0 lead in the first 11 minutes and capped a 7-0 run with 8:56 remaining in the first half which would later prove to be the difference. Six different Bantam players scored during the early run, which was capped by an unassisted tally by sophomore Katrina Angelucci (Weston, Mass.). Camel sophomore Hannah Lombard (Ipswich, Mass.) and senior Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) capitalized on free positions to put the Camels on the board, but the visitors answered with back-to-back goals before the break from Angelucci and sophomore Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) to take a 9-2 advantage through 30 minutes of action.
Berger appeared to put Trinity in full control when she scored two straight free position goals to give her team a commanding 11-2 advantage to start the second half. However, Connecticut College stormed back by netting six unanswered goals in a span of 6:12 to slash the margin down to three and move within striking distance. Lombard led the charge by scoring twice and setting up Navoni during the hot stretch.
Despite trailing by just three goals with less than 10 minutes remaining, the early hole proved too much for the Camels to overcome. Trinity first-year Lilianna Khosrowshahi (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) tallied two consecutive markers in a short span of 36 seconds to extend the margin back up to five and put the game out of reach.
Berger racked up six goals to lead the way for Trinity, which outshot the Camels by a 32-23 margin and had a slim 22-17 advantage in ground balls. Rookie defender Anna Costello (Milton, Mass.) scooped up five ground balls and caused four turnovers to headline the defense, while goalie Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.) turned away eight shots from the cage. Junior tri-captain Sarah Montalbano (Huntington, N.Y.) also filled the box score by finishing the game with five draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Trinity returns to action on Saturday for a NESCAC showdown at home versus the Hamilton College Continentals.