Trinity Takes On Tufts In NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Quarters For Third Year In A Row

Lauren Taylor '21 has 26 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers
Lauren Taylor '21 has 26 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's lacrosse team, which finished the regular season with a 9-6 overall record and tied with Bates for seventh place in the league standings with a 4-6 mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), will visit the Tufts University Jumbos in the NESCAC Quarterfinals for the second consecutive season on Saturday, April 27 at noon. The NESCAC Semifinals will take place on Saturday, May 4 at the site of the highest remaining seed, and the finals will by on Sunday, May 5 at the same site.  The five-time league champion Bantams, coached by Katy Dissinger (5th Season), will be making their 15th overall appearance and their 13th straight in the NESCAC Tournament.  

Trinity earned the No. 7 seed in the NESCAC Tourney due to its 12-8 victory at Bates on March 16.  The Bantams started the 2018 season with eight wins in their first 10 games but have lost four of their last five including four in a row against conference foes.  The Jumbos finished the year 14-1 overall and 9-1 in the league with the only loss a one-goal setback at Middlebury on April 20.  Winners of 20 of their last 23 NESCAC Tournament games, Trinity is 5-0 against the Jumbos all-time in the conference tourney.  Trinity lost at home to Tufts, 12-6, on March 23 but defeated the Jumbos on the road, 12-10, in the 2018 NESCAC Quarterfinals and, 19-10, at home in the 2017 NESCAC Quarters.

Sophomore attacker Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) leads Trinity's balanced scoring attack with 23 goals and a team-high 19 assists for 42 points, while breakout rookie attacker Lilianna Khosrowshahi (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) has a team-best 32 goals and seven assist for 39 points, and sophomore attacker Kendall Milligan (Needham, Mass.) adds 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points.  The Bantams boast 10 players with 10 points or more including senior tri-captain Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.) and sophomore Sydney Bell (Falmouth, Maine) with 45 combined points from the midfield.  Bell also leads Trinity with 31 draw controls, while senior tri-captain defender Jen Durocher (Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore midfielder Marcella Flibotte (Cohasset, Mass.) are tied for the team lead with 28 ground balls apiece.  Rookie defender Anna Costello (Milton, Mass.), who has a team-high 31 caused turnovers, and junior tri-captain Sarah Montalbano, a 2018 All-Regional honoree, have both started all 15 games on Trinity's back line.  Rookies Addison Newsome (Winnetka, Ill.) and Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.) have combined for 10 saves in the Bantam goal.

The winner of the NESCAC Championship Tournament will determine the league's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Top-seeded and three-time defending NESCAC Middlebury (14-1, 9-1) hosts No. 8-seeded Bates (8-7, 4-6), No. 3-seeded Wesleyan (13-2, 8-2) hosts No. 7-seeded Colby (9-5, 5-5) and No. 4-seeded Amherst (11-4, 6-4) hosts No. 5-seeded Bowdoin (9-6, 5-5) in the other quarterfinal games Saturday.  The Bantams are seeking their seventh trip to the NESCAC Finals in the last eight years and won the league title every year from 2011 to 2015. The Bantams are ranked No. 16 nationally, while Middlebury is No. 3, Tufts is No. 5, Wesleyan is No. 7, Amherst is No. 11, Bowdoin is No. 13, Colby is No. 14, and Bates is No. 23.

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