Hartford, Conn. - Abby Manning (Wilmington, Del.) scored six goals to lead the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals to a 14-6 win over the Trinity College Bantams on Tuesday evening in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse battle of in-state rivals at a rainy Robin Sheppard Field in Hartford. Trinity, ranked No. 12 in the country, falls to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the conference while Wesleyan, ranked No. 7 in the country, improves to 10-2 and 5-2.
Manning led all players with six scores while Abigail Horst (Pomfret, Conn.), Emi Ogden-Fung (Tualatin, Ore.) and Caitlin Wood (Simsbury, Conn.) each tallied two goals each for the Cardinals. Wesleyan scored the game's first three goals before taking a 5-1 lead near the midway mark of the first half, eventually leading 8-3 at the break. Junior goalie Allegra Grant (Winnetka, Ill.) made 12 saves in her tenth win of the season while Horst led the Cardinals with four draw controls.
Trinity was paced by rookie Lilianna Khosrowshahi (Briarcliff, Manor, N.Y.) and sophomore Sydney Bell (Falmouth, Maine) who were the only Bantams to score more than once, both finding the back of the net twice. Bell added three ground balls and a game-high seven draw controls while senior tri-captain Jen Durocher (Longmeadow, Mass.) finished with five caused turnovers. Trinity won 13 of the game's 22 draws but finished just 3-of-8 on free-position shots.
Manning scored two of Wesleyan's first three goals of the game, sandwiched around a man-up strike from Johanna Copeland (Hanover, N.H.) to give the visitors an early three-goal advantage. Khosrowshahi converted a free-position attempt with 20:14 showing on the clock but Wesleyan answered with two more goals to go ahead, 5-1. Khosrowshahi scored her second goal of the game, on a feed by sophomore Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) before Horst returned the favor less than a minute later. The Cardinals ended the half on consecutive free-position goals, including one from Horst with just seven seconds left before intermission.
Trinity junior Annie Lyman (Excelsior, Minn.) and sophomore Kendall Milligan (Needham, Mass.) both found the back of the net for the first two goals of the second half, bringing the Bantams to within four, however, Wesleyan went on to end the game on a 6-1 scoring run to come away with the 14-6 victory.