Lewiston, Maine - First-year attacker Liliana Khosrowshahi (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) scored all four of her game-high four goals in the second half to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams past the Bates College Bobcats, 12-8, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse action this afternoon on Garcelon Field. Trinity, ranked No. 9 in the nation, improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the NESCAC, while the No. 21-ranked Bobcats fall to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the league. Trinity plays Denison next on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Englewood, Florida, while the Bobcats host St. Joseph's (Maine) on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
Trinity went on a decisive 5-0 run early in the second half to pull away from Bates, including Khosrowshahi's first three goals of the game. scoring her first three goals of the game in the decisive run, and added a fourth late in the game for the visiting Bantams (4-0, 2-0 NESCAC). The teams were tied 5-5 at the half, and the Bobcats went up 6-5 in the opening minute of the second half on an unassisted goal by Margaret Smith for their fifth one-goal lead of the game. Khosrowshahi tied the game at 6-6 with 27:55 left on a counter-attack after freshman goalie Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.) stopped a free-position shot by Bates' Summer Dias. The Bantams went up 7-6, their first lead since 3-2, with 26:52 left, as sophomore Sophie Berger fed classmate Sydney Bell to capitalize on a Bates turnover. Trinity added two more goals in rapid succession, by junior attacker Ashley Turnbull (Ridgewood, N.J.) at the 25:33 mark for the first two-goal lead in the game by either side, and by Khosrowshahi with 24:40 to go, on an assist by sophomore attacker Kendall Milligan (Needham, Mass.). Bell assisted Khosrowshahi to make it a 10-6 Trinity lead with 17:06 to go in the game.
Smith ended Trinity's run with a quick dodge in front that freed up her right hand for the putaway. The Bobcats made it a two-goal game at 10:59, as Kathryn Grennon's free-position shot was blocked but picked up and knocked in by Elsbeth Caulo. Bates won the ensuing draw but missed a pair of shots, with Dias hitting the crossbar. Both Young and Bates goalie Eliza Statile saved free-position shots to keep it a two-goal game, and Statile made another save on Trinity rookie Ellie Kirkpatrick (Needham, Mass.), before Khosrowshahi earned and converted on an eight-meter shot. The Bantams won three straight free-position attempts before pulling back ahead by four, at 12-8, as Berger scored with 4:28 to go. Smith got off two more shots for the Bobcats over the final four minutes but couldn't cut back into the Trinity lead.
Berger scored three times and added an assist for Trinity, while Bell contributed two goals and two assists and Milligan added one score and one assist. Senior tri-captain midfielder Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.) caused three Bates turnovers for the Bantams, and Young made five saves against eight goals allowed. Rachael Deptula played the first half in goal for Bates and made three saves. Statile made five saves in the second half. Smith scored a team-high three goals for Bates, and Avery MacMullen added a goal and an assist. Liv Sandford led all players with seven draw controls, and both Isabelle Paulus and Dias caused two Trinity turnovers.