Hartford, Conn. — The Trinity College women's lacrosse team came out on top against the visiting Bates College Bobcats in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Robin L. Sheppard field in a game that featured continuous back-and-fourth action. Three Trinity players, juniors Katrina Angelucci (Weston, Mass.) and Kendall Milligan (Needham, Mass.), and sophomore Christine Taylor (Westport, Conn.) scored multiple goals, as the Bantams improve to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in NESCAC. Bates falls to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play. The Bantams, ranked No. 16 in the nation, return to action one week from today, on Saturday, March 14 at top-ranked NESCAC rival Middlebury College.
The Bantams came out strong in the first half with two goals in the first three minutes. Taylor scored first, followed by a goal by junior midfielder Marcella Flibotte (Cohasset, Mass.) one minute later. Bates responded soon after, netting the next pair of goals and leveling the score halfway through the first. Milligan tallied a goal from Taylor for Trinity making it 3-2 at the 13:11 mark but Bates came back with three unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead with 47 seconds left in the first half. Trinity sophomore attacker Ellie Kirkpatrick (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) scored with just six seconds left on the clock to send the home team to halftime trailing 5-4. Nine different players scored the nine first-half goals. The teams were statistically even after the first half of play. Trinity had 12 shots, while the Bobcats led with 13. Each team had seven ground balls and the goaltenders, Trinity sophomore Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.) and Rachel Deptula for Bates, completed the half with four saves each.
Bates started the second half with back-to-back goals by Margaret Smith to lead 7-4. Trinity rookie Lily Ives (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and junior Sydney Bell (Falmouth, Maine) answered with two goals in a 1:32 span to cut the Bantam deficit down to one at the 22:44 mark. After another Bates goal by Smith, Angelucci and Taylor scored consecutive goals to knot the score at 8-all midway through the second stanza. Summer Bates came up with her second goal of the game moments later, Angelucci tied the game and gave Trinity a 10-9 lead with back-to-back unassisted tallied. Milligan scored from Ives with 10:08 on the clock to make it, 11-9, but Smith fed Avery MacMullen for a Bates score and Jordan Tveter tied the game at 11-11 with a goal at the 6:55 mark while Trinity was down a players due to a penalty. Angelucci proved to be the difference with her third goal at the 4:49 mark after Flibotte had caused a Bobcat turnover. Bates had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Young denied Smith from close range to preserve the win for the home squad.
Angelucci led the way for the Bantam offense, which had seven goal scorers, with four tallies to give her 10 in the first three games of the season. Taylor finished with two goals and one assist, while Milligan scored twice, and Ives had one goal and one assist. Smith led all scorers with four goals and two assists, while Yveter added two goals and two assists, and Dias scored two times. Trinity sophomore Mackenzie Rosenberg (North Attleboro, Mass.) and senior tri-captain Sarah Montalbano (Huntington, N.Y.) scooped up four ground balls each, while Montalbano also had four caused turnovers and Rosenberg had two. Junior midfielder Olivia Weckwerth (Westborough, Mass.) had a team-high five draw controls and Young finished with ten saves, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Yveter had a game-high seven draw controls, while Caitie Clark notched four ground balls and four caused turnovers, and Rachael Deptula recorded eight saves for Bates.