Medford, Mass. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams jumped out to an early 4-1 lead but were outscored, 11-1, the rest of the way in a 12-5 loss to the Tufts University Jumbos in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Quarterfinals this afternoon at Bello Field. No. 7-seeded Trinity, led by two goals from sophomore midfielder Marcella Flibotte (Cohasset, Mass.), close the year at 9-7. No. 2-seeded Tufts improves to 15-1 got multiple goals from five different players, including a career-high three along with an assist by senior Courtney Grygiel. The Jumbos will travel to top-seed Middlebury College for next Saturday's semifinal. They will play three-seed Wesleyan, a 14-12 winner against Colby in today's quarterfinals. The Jumbos ended a run of post-season losses to Trinity that had dated back to 2011. The teams had met five times in recent NESCAC Tournament action with the Bantams winning all five including quarterfinal victories in each of the last two years.
Flibotte scored the first two goals of the game and a tally by freshman Christine Taylor (Westport, Conn.) gave Trinity its 4-1 lead with 16:39 left in the first half. Grygiel's first goal began a dramatic shift in momentum towards the Jumbos, who scored the next nine goals to lead 10-4 with 12:39 remaining in the second half. Another Grygiel goal tied the score at 4-4 with 12:40 on the clock, and then her free-position goal gave Tufts a 6-4 advantage heading into halftime. Tufts senior Annie Sullivan scored all of her points in the game (two goals with two assists) during the run. The Bantams scored just one goal in the final 43 minutes of play, which came from sophomore Katrina Angelucci (Weston, Mass.) with 10:21 remaining in regulation, making the score 10-5 Jumbos.
Trinity had a 16-10 advantage in shots for the second half today, but Jumbo freshman goalie Molly Laliberty made 12 saves. The Jumbos earned a ground ball edge of 19-14 including three by Grygiel. Defensively for Trinity, freshman Anna Costello (Milton, Mass.) caused three turnovers and picked up three ground balls. Junior Sarah Montalbano (Huntington, N.Y.) earned three draw controls as the visitors had a slight 10-9 edge in that category. Freshman goalies Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.) and Addie Newsome (Winnetka, Ill.) split time and totaled four saves. Junior Lily Baldwin won three draw controls and caused two turnovers for Tufts