Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams used a monstrous comeback to defeat the visiting Hamilton College Continentals, 14-10, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s lacrosse action this afternoon at Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 13 in the nation, improves to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the NESCAC with its second victory in a row, while the No. 24-ranked Continentals fall to 4-5 overall and 1-5 in the league with their second-straight setback. Trinity trailed, 8-1, with 9:57 left in the first half, but scored 13 of the game’s final 15 goals. Bantam senior tri-captain midfielder Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.) scored the game-winner with less than five minutes left in the second half. Trinity hosts No. 9-ranked Wesleyan in a league contest on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in its next game, and Hamilton plays at NESCAC rival Williams on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Trinity rededicated Robin L. Sheppard Field with its new turf for lacrosse prior to the game.
Hamilton went ahead, 4-0, less than 10 minutes into the game, with senior midfielder Kara Pooley (Wexford, Pa.) scoring twice and assisting on a third of the four. French scored the first Bantam goal at the 19:30 mark of the first half, but the Continentals scored four more in a row over the next 10 minutes including two by junior attacker Skylar Simson (Caldwell, N.J.). Trinity rallied and closed the first stanza with a 3-0 run that ended with a converted free-position shot as time expired by junior midfielder Annie Lyman (Exclesior, Minn.).
Trinity kept its momentum after the break, scoring three more goals in a row over the opening 7:13 to cut its deficit to 8-7, including a pair by Bantam first-year attacker Lilianna Khosrowshahi (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.). Sophomore Tessa Ryan (Brookfield, Conn.) scored on a free-position shot with 19:30 on the clock to push the Hamilton lead back up to two goals, but the Bantams tied it for the first time at 9-9 with 15:02 left on a free-position shot by rookie attacker Ellie Kirkpatrick (Bryn Mawr, Pa.).
Simson fed Continental senior captain Tatiana Bradley (West Newbury, Mass.) to give the lead back to the visitors with 13:28 remaining and neither team scored for 6:30 before the Bantams raced past the Continentals with five goals in the final 6:02. Angelucci streaked down the right wing and quickly shot past Hamilton senior goalkeeper (Hannah Burrall (Geneva, N.Y.) to tie the game at 10-all. Trinity sophomore midfielder Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) fed French for the go-ahead tally with 4:53 on the clock, and the Bantams won every draw control while scoring three more times down the stretch.
Trinity finished with a 30-to-21 shooting advantage and a 15-to-10 edge on draws (9-to-4 in the second half.). Khosrowshahi had a hat trick, while Angelucci added two goals and one assist, Flibotte and French scored twice each, and Berger notched one goal and one assist. Trinity first-year Anna Costello (Milton, Mas.) scooped a team-high four ground balls, while sophomore Lauren Taylor (Madison, N.J.) added a team-high four caused turnovers, and senior tri-captain Jen Durocher (Longmeadow, Mass.) collected three caused turnovers, two draw controls, and a ground ball for the Trinity defense. Angelucci and sophomore Alex Wahlstorm (Quincy, Mass.) had four draw controls apiece, and rookie goalie Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.) made five saves for the Bantams. Ryan had three goals, while Pooley and Simson had two goals and one assist for Hamilton, while Pooley added four draw controls, three ground balls, and a pair of caused turnovers. Burrell finished with nine saves for the Continentals.