NESCAC Semifinal: No. 1 Trinity 14, No. 5 Bates 3

NESCAC Semifinal: No. 1 Trinity 14, No. 5 Bates 3

Courtesy Trinity Sports Information

HARTFORD, Conn. - Trinity won 15 of 19 draw controls and held Bates to just four second half shots en route to a 14-3 victory in the NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Semifinals on Saturday afternoon in Hartford. The host Bantams move on to play in the conference championship for the seventh straight season at Robin L. Sheppard Field, against the winner of today's other semifinal game between the Middlebury Panthers and the Amherst Purple & White. Top-seeded Trinity improves to 15-2 with the win while No. 5 seed Bates ends its conference tournament run with a 12-5 overall record.

Kiley Coffey and Clare Lyne won four and three draw controls, respectively, for Trinity while co-captain Ashley Stewart led the Bantam defense with four caused turnovers and two ground balls. Lyne led the offense with four goals while Georgia Mergner led all players with four assists on the day. Goalie Zoe Ferguson made five saves in the first half to earn the win for the Bantams before giving way to Emily Mooney, who allowed just one Bobcat score. For Bates, Emma Brinkman led the way with two scores, both in the first half, while Kara Le and Camille Belletete won a pair of draw controls each.

Neither team scored for the first 9:53 of the first half until Lyne beat Bobcat goalie Hannah Jeffrey on a free-position shot to give Trinity the 1-0 lead. Lyne scored again just a few minutes later thanks to a slick pass from co-captain Martha Griffin. Brinkman scored the first of her two goals at the 13:35 mark to cut the deficit to one, however Trinity's Abby McQuillan, Coffey, and Abby McInerney followed with three goals, all within a two minute span, to jump out to a 5-1 lead. Brinkman responded with her second goal, but a Bantam 3-0 run to end the half made it an 8-2 game at the break.

Griffin and Lyne scored twice, nearly a minute apart, in the second half to extend Trinity's lead to eight. McInerney netted her second score of the game at the 22:09 mark in the second half before a Nicole Stauffer goal made it a ten-goal Bantam lead with 16:23 to play. Allie Barrett and Jennifer Cook added Trinity scores before Belletete found the back of the net on a free-position shot for the Bobcats with 2:14 to play for the final score of 14-3.

Trinity owns a 19-6 all-time record in the NESCAC Tournament, including its fifth straight title last year and a trip to the league finals in 2008. The Bantams will look to make it six straight tomorrow in the championship at 1 p.m.