Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore attacker Morgan Pike (Shapleigh, Maine) scored the go-ahead goal with 10:29 left in the second half to lead the visiting Endicott College Gulls to an 11-10 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in women’s lacrosse action this evening at Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 16 in the nation, falls to 1-1 with its first home-opening loss since 2007, while the Gulls improve to 2-0 with their first-ever win over the Bantams. Sophomore attacker Christine Taylor (Westport, Conn.) paced Trinity with a game-high four goals. The Bantams host New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Bates on Saturday at noon in their next game. Endicott has a 4 p.m. game against St. Lawrence on Friday at 4 p.m.
Endicott jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 1:34, scoring twice while up a player due to a Trinity penalty called prior to the opening draw on goals Pike and junior attacker Mollie Manning (Hull, Mass.). Junior attacker Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) got the Bantams on the board with a free-position shot at the 19:25 mark, and Taylor scored her first goal with 17:33 on the clock to it at 2-all. Junior midfielder Maya Feigenbaum (West Hartford, Conn.) assisted on one goal and scored twice more to lift the Gulls to a 6-3 lead with 3:19 left in the first half, but Trinity sophomore Ellie Fitzpatrick (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) and junior midfielder Olivia Weckwerth (Westborough, Mass.) both scored on free-position shots to send the home team into the break down just one at 6-5.
Manning assisted junior midfielder Gabriella Prisco (West Haven, Conn.) to open the second-half scoring, but Trinity used a 3-0 run over a span of four minutes to go ahead, 8-7, at the 20:48 mark. Junior midfielder Katrina Angelucci (Weston, Mass.), Weckwerth, and Taylor each scored unassisted during the run. The teams traded goals before Endicott returned the favor with a 3-0 spurt of their own. Gull freshman attacker Kiana Napolitano (Revere, Mass.) tied the game at 9-9 with a goal from classmate Katy Garvin (Mansfield, Mass.) and Pike put the visitors up for good at 10-9 with a goal in transition from rookie Katie Schenk (Southbury, Conn.) at the 10:29 mark. Napolitano fed Feigenbaum at the 9:46 mark to give Endicott a two-goal cushion, but Trinity pulled within one when Angelucci ripped one past Endicott junior goalie Alexandra Rose (East Lyme, Conn.) to make the score, 11-10, with 2:40 on the clock. The Bantams won the ensuing draw, but committed a pair of turnovers down the stretch.
Statistically, the game was fairly even with Trinity holding a 30-to-26 shooting advantage while forcing 21 turnovers and committing 17. Endicott took advantage of the extra-player opportunities with four goals in six chances. Taylor added three draw controls to her four goals, while Angelucci and Weckwerth scored twice each, and Angelucci also notched two ground balls and notched two caused turnovers. Bantam junior midfielder Marcella Flibotte (Cohasset, Mass.) recorded a team-high four draw controls, two ground balls, and one assist. Feigenbaum and Prisco had three goals and an assist each for the Gulls, while Feigenbaum also registered five draw controls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore goalie Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.) made seven saves and Rose finished with nine stops.