Hartford, Conn. – Senior tri-captain Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.) and sophomore Sydney Bell (Falmouth, Maine) each had three goals and an assist to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 14-9 victory over the visiting Williams College Ephs in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s lacrosse action this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 9 in the nation, improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the NESCAC with its home-opening win, while the Ephs fall to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the league. Trinity hosts Springfield on Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in its next game, while the Ephs host Connecticut College next Saturday in a conference contest.
Trinity led wire-to-wire, opening up a 3-0 lead in the first six minutes thanks to goals by first-year attacker Lilianna Khosrowshahi (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), Bell, junior attacker Ashley Turnbull (Ridgewood, N.J.). Williams answered with back-to-back scores by Kallie Saudek and Mason Yonge, but the Bantams closed the first half with another 3-0 run. Six different Trinity players scored six goals in the first half, and the Bantams, led, 6-2 at the break thanks to nine first-half saves by rookie backstop Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.). In the second half, Williams scored three of the first four goals to close to 7-5 but the Bantams answered with four of the next five including two in a row by French. Leading, 11-6, at the 15:50 mark of the second half, Trinity maintained at least a three-goal lead the rest of the way.
Khosrowshahi joined French and Bell with four points on two goals and two assists, while sophomore midfielder Marcella Filbotte (Cohasset, Mass.) and first-year attacker Ellie Kirkpatrick (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) added a goal and an assist apiece. Filbotte was stellar all around with team-highs of five ground balls, four draw controls, and four caused turnovers, while Young finished with 13 saves in all. Sophia Millay scored three times for Williams,, while Kara Wollmers scored twice. Yonge collected four draw controls and three ground balls, while Jessie Hem caused three turnovers, and Kami Cisneros made nine saves in the Eph goal.