Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's lacrosse team fell to the No. 2-ranked Middlebury College Panthers, 14-8, on Saturday at Robin Sheppard Field in Hartford. The Bantams, ranked No. 12 in the country, fall to 8-4 on the year and 4-4 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) while Middlebury improves to 11-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference. Before the game, Trinity honored seniors Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.), Caroline McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.), Brooke Swan (Wellesley, Mass.) and Jen Durocher (Longmeadow, Mass.) as part of Senior Day for their final regular season game in front of the home crowd.
Trinity was paced by French who had a team-high three goals while Swan added a pair. First-year Lilianna Khosrowshahi (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) also scored twice for Trinity and sophomore Kendall Milligan (Needham, Mass.) tallied the team's other goal. Junior Lauren Taylor (Madison, N.J.) and rookie Anna Costello (Sandwich, Mass.) tied a game-high with three caused turnovers each while sophomore Alexandra Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass.) came away with a game-high five draw controls.
Middlebury junior Emily Barnard (Wayland, Mass.) found the back of the net four times on the afternoon to lead all players while the Panthers got hat tricks from both Emma McDonagh (Reading, Mass.) and Jenna McNicholas (Westport, Conn.). Alex White (Dover, Mass.), Erin Nicholas (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Addy Mitchell (Medfield, Mass.) led the Panther defense with each recording three caused turnovers.
The first half saw plenty of action as the two teams combined for 15 goals, with Middlebury leading 9-6 at the half. French and McDonagh went back-and-forth in the first ten minutes, both scoring twice to make it a 2-2 game with just over 20 minutes left. McDonagh buried a free-position attempt at the 20:02 mark to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead, one they did not relinquish for the remainder of the afternoon.
Swan scored with 10:35 showing on the clock on a feed from Milligan to cut the deficit to 5-4, but Middlebury responded with three consecutive goals to open an 8-4 lead. Milligan and Swan went back-to-back in the scoring department to bring the Bantams within two, but Middlebury struck once more, with Barnard beating the buzzer before the half, as the visitors entered the break with a three-goal advantage.
Middlebury controlled the second half, scoring four-straight times to take a commanding, 13-6 lead. French scored with 11:15 remaining before Khosrowshahi added her second free-position score of the game with 5:43 left to play, but a man-up tally by McNicholas with 3:21 left sealed the deal for the Panthers who held on for the win.
Trinity returns to action Wednesday night for a non-conference battle in Hoboken, N.J. against Stevens.