Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information
HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior tri-captain midfielder Karly Simpson and junior Kiley Coffey scored five times each to lead the Trinity Bantams to a 19-10 victory over the visiting Tufts in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship. The Bantams, the No. 3, improve to 13-3 and advance to the NESCAC Semifinals for the eighth year in a row. Tufts, the No. 6 seed, drops to 10-6. Trinity will face second-seeded Hamilton in its
semifinal game next Saturday at Midldebury, and the finals will be Sunday, May 6 at Middlebury.
Trinity jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first 11 minutes, as Simpson scored the first three goals of the game in a 4:32 span followed by two-straight tallies by senior tri-captain attacker Clare Lyne and the final goal of the run came off the stick of junior midfielder Abby McInerney from classmate Allie Barrett. Tufts freshman attacker Emily Games scored back-to-back goals midway through the first half, but Simpson scored her fourth goal of the half from junior attacker Grace O'Donnell with 13:28 on the clock to make it, 7-2. The Jumbos pulled to within three goals at the break thanks to and free-position shots by sophomore Cecily Freliech and rookie midfielder Margaret Chase.
Freliech opened the second stanza with a goal to cut the Trinity lead to a pair, but the Bantams broke the game open with five goals in a row including three by Coffey and two off assists by senior attacker Emma Malicki. The teams traded goals twice over the next seven minutes, but two more Bantams goals by Coffey and one each by junior Jenny Cook and Lyne put it out of reach.
Lyne joined Coffey and Simpson with five points, notching four goals and one assist, while Malicki finished with three assists, and McInerney added two goals and one assist. Bantam senior defender Lara Guida totaled a game-high four ground balls and added two caused turnovers, McInerney collected four draw controls, and junior Zoe Ferguson made 10 saves. Games paced the Jumbo offense with three goals and one assist, while Freliech had two goals and a game-high six draw controls, and sophomore goalie Audrey Evers made 10 saves.