Hartford, Conn. - Senior attacker Brooke Swan (Wellesley, Mass.) scored a career-high four goals to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 16-3 victory over the visiting Springfield College Pride in women's lacrosse action this evening at Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 9 in the nation, improves to 3-0 heading into a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tilt at No. 21-ranked Bates on Saturday at 12 p.m. The Pride falls to 3-3 with its third consecutive setback, and will return to action on Tuesday, March 19 in Clearwater, Fla. against Endicott.
Trailing, 2-1, less than five minutes into the contest after back-to-back Pride goals by sophomore midfielders Gabby Fogg (Wells, Maine) and Kaitlin Campbell (Somers, N.Y.), the Bantams rattled off 14 goals in a row to take control. Senior tri-captain midfielder Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.) tied the score at the 20:15 mark on a free position, and sophomore midfielder Sydney Bell (Falmouth, Maine) notched the game-winner from classmate Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) with 17:14 on the clock. Swan was the lone scorer over a span of 7:30 in the first half that turned Trinity's 3-2 advantage into a 7-2 lead just under nine minutes remaining before the break. Trinity led, 10-2, at halftime, and five different Bantams found the back of the net before Pride rookie midfielder Katie Martel (Hartland, Conn.) broke a 23:10 scoring drought for the visitors with 2:35 left in the game.
Trinity finished with a 31-to-7 shooting advantage and a 24-to-17 edge on ground balls, while the Pride won 12 of the 20 draws but lost the ball 31 times on turnovers. Bell and fellow sophomore Olivia Weckwerth (Westborough, Mass.) scored three times each, while Weckwerth also contributed an assist and three ground balls, and Berger led the feeders with three assists for the Bantams. Trinity junior defender Lauren Taylor (Madison, N.J.) registered game-highs of four caused turnovers and nine ground balls, while Bantam rookie goalkeeper Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.) made three saves. Senior Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) had a game-high six draw controls and junior Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) made eight saves for Springfield.