Williamstown, Mass. - Junior midfielder Katrina Angelucci (Weston, Mass.) scored a team-high six goals, including the first two of the game and both the game-tying and game-winning tallies late in the second half to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 15-14 win over the Williams College Ephs in the New England Small College Athletic Conference’s (NESCAC) women's lacrosse season opener for both teams this afternoon. The Bantams, ranked No. 19 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s (IWLCA) poll, entertain Endicott on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in their home opener, while the Ephs look to bounce back at home against Skidmore tomorrow.
The Bantams built an early lead during the first half, as Angelucci scored twice on free positions and sophomore Samantha Booma (Marblehead, Mass.) providing the third goal off an Ellie Kirkpatrick (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) assist to place Trinity ahead 3-0 at the 20:52 mark. Eph senior attacker Kara Wollmers clawed Williams back with back-to-back goals, but Trinity sophomore Christine Taylor (Westport, Conn.) fed junior Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) to extend the visitors' lead to 5-2 with 11:14 to play. Freshman attacker Shea van der Broek pulled the Ephs within one with 3:39 left to play in the first half, but another Taylor goal for the Bantams just over a minute later ensured Trinity went into halftime with a 6-4 advantage.
The second half began with the squads trading goals for the first five minutes of the half, before junior Williams midfielder Sophia Millay edged the Ephs in front 9-8 to cap off a 3-0 run. Bantam junior midfielder Olivia Weckworth (Westborough, Mass.) evened the game 9-9 at 18:52, but Williams responded with three more unanswered goals over a four-minute span. Trinity goals by senior attacker Ashley Turnbull (Ridgewood, N.J.) at 11:22 and Angelucci on an acrobatic, off-balanced effort, pulled Trinity within one goal of the Ephs at 12-11 with 10:22 left to play. Kara Wollmers’ seventh goal of the game at the 8:53 mark made it 13-11 in the home teams' favor, but the Trinity offense coutered with a 4-1 spurt over the last eight minutes of regulation. Junior midfielder Sydney Bell (Falmouth, Maine) and Angelucci both tied the game for Trinity, and Williams' Olivia Gomez gave the Ephs a 14-13 lead down the stretch before Angelucci's unassisted game-winner. Taylor forced a turnover on a Williams clear attenpt to thwart the Eph's last possession of the game.
Angelucci added four ground balls to her career-high scoring total, while Taylor notched two goals and one assist and Kirkpatrick added one goal and two assists. grabbed two of her own in addition to her assist. Trinity junior midfielder Marcella Flibotte (Cohasset, Mass.) had four draw controls and three caused turnovers, while sophomore goaltender Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.) finished the afternoon recording seven saves. Kami Cisneros and Caitlin Joyce combined for 13 Eph saves, while Shea van der Broek had four goals and one assist, and Sophia Millay had two goals and one assist.