Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) scored four goals and added four ground balls and three draw controls to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 10-6 victory over the visiting Connecticut College Camels in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this evening on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 8 in the nation, improves to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the NESCAC with its fourth consecutive win, while the Camels drop to 4-6 overall and 0-5 in the league.
The teams traded goals twice over the game's first 11 minutes before Trinity used a 5-0 run over an 11-minute span to take control of the contest. Griffin ignited the spurt with her second goal that she bounced in with 18:20 left in the first half, while junior attacker Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.) scored once and fed senior tri-captain attacker Kathleen Timmons (Branford, Conn.) from behind the net on one of her two goals during the run. The Camels rallied late in the opening stanza, as junior attacker Meag Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) and junior midfielder Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.) scored the last two tallies before the break to make the score, 7-4, in Trinity's favor at intermission.
Neither team could score for the first 11:05 of the second half, but Griffin broke through with another bouncing shot at the 18:55 mark to up the Bantam lead to 8-4. Junior midfielder Cecily Cushman (Marblehead, Mass.) answered for Connecticut College with a man-up goal into the upper left corner at the 13:14 mark, but Griffin and Cox scored back-to-back less than two minutes apart and Trinity led, 10-5, with 6:34 on the clock. Cushman added her second goal with 2:34 remaining, but neither team took a shot the rest of the way.
Trinity outshot the Camels, 28-12, and finished with a 21-to-11 edge on ground balls, but did not score on any of its seven free-position shots.
Cox, junior midfielder Caroline Hayes (Greenfield, N.H.), and Timmons each scored twice, while junior attacker Renee Olsen (Ridgewood, N.J.) notched two assists for the Bantam offense. Trinity sophomore defender Ashley Stewart (Dover, Mass.) recorded seven ground balls and four draw controls, while Hayes added five draw controls and three caused turnovers, and sophomore goalkeeper Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) made five saves with two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Senior co-captain midfielder Izzy Marx (Ridgewood, N.J.) had a goal and an assist, and sophomore Allison Dalpe (East Falmouth, Mass.) stopped nine shots in goal for the Camels.
Tracking the Camels-Statistics Do Not Include Tonight's Game
The Camels continue to play close games against nationally ranked competition. All five of the team's losses in conference play have occurred against a team that was nationally ranked in the top 20.
Tina Balzotti (Duxbury, Mass.) (10 goals, three assists) and Taylor Thomas (12 goals, one assist) (Needham, Mass.) share the team lead with 13 points.
Hannah Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) has contributed with nine goals and one assist. Donegan ranks fifth in the NESCAC with 25 draw controls and is seventh in the conference with 16 ground balls in a terrific rookie campaign.
Allisa Dalpe (East Falmouth, Mass.) is averaging eight saves per start in her first full season as a starter in goal for the Camels and ranks second in the NESCAC with 72 stops.