NEW LONDON, Conn. – Despite outscoring their opponent in the second half, the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team fell to No. 13 Trinity by a 14-10 score on Wednesday evening at Silfen Field.
Trinity (7-2, NESCAC 3-2) surged to a 5-0 lead in the first 11 minutes and capped a 7-0 run with 8:56 remaining in the first half which would later prove to be the difference. Six different Bantam players scored during the early run, which was capped by an unassisted tally by Katrina Angelucci. Sophomore Hannah Lombard (Ipswich, Mass.) and senior Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) capitalized on free positions to put the Camels on the board, but the visitors answered with back-to-back goals before the break to take a 9-2 advantage through 30 minutes of action.
Berger appeared to put Trinity in full control when she scored two straight free position goals to give her team a commanding 11-2 advantage. However, Connecticut College stormed back by netting six unanswered goals in a span of 6:12 to slash the margin down to three and move within striking distance. Lombard led the charge by scoring twice and setting up Navoni during the hot stretch.
Even though they trailed by just three goals with less than 10 minutes remaining, the early hole would be too much for the Camels to overcome and the attempted rally would come up just short. Liliannna Khosrowshahi, the Bantams' leading scorer, tallied two consecutive markers in a short span of 36 seconds to extend the margin back up to five and put the game out of reach.
Berger racked up six goals to lead the way for Trinity, which outshot the Camels by a 32-23 margin and had a slim 22-17 advantage in ground balls. Defender Anna Costello scooped up five ground balls and caused four turnovers to headline the defense, and goalie Gabriella Young turned away eight shots from the cage. Sarah Montalbano also filled the box score by finishing the game with five draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Lombard paced the Camel offense by providing four goals and one assist, while senior Jackie Cooney (San Rafael, Calif.) was strong defensively by picking up five ground balls and causing four turnovers. Navoni added a hat trick and won a game-high 11 draws, and sophomore Nina Fazio (East Longmeadow, Mass.) made 10 saves.
Connecticut College (3-7, NESCAC 0-6) will next travel to face No. 21 Bates on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m.