Women's Lacrosse Edged by #7 Trinity College in NESCAC Game, 14-11

Recap courtesy of Trinity College

HARTFORD - Junior Grace O'Donnell and sophomore Mary French each netted hat-tricks to lead the Trinity College women's lacrosse team to a 14-11 victory over the Tufts University Jumbos on Saturday afternoon at a wet Robin Sheppard Field in Hartford.

Freshman Emily Games netted six goals for Tufts

The Bantams, ranked No. 7 in the nation, improve to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action while Tufts falls to 3-3 on the year and 0-3 in conference play.

Trinity won the ground ball battle, 13-8, and also won 16 draw controls compared to 11 by the Jumbos. Junior goalie Zoe Ferguson earned her seventh win of the season between the pipes thanks to a seven-save effort, while Tufts goalkeeper Audrey Evers tallied 10 saves on the day.

Tufts managed to take a one-goal advantage after a first half which featured 15 combined goals by both sides. Jumbo first-year Emily Games exploded for a game-high six goals on the afternoon, the first of which came less than five minutes into the opening half to hand Tufts a 1-0 lead. Trinity answered with a three-goal run, ignited by a free-position score from junior Kiley Coffey shortly after Games' goal. Senior co-captains Karly Simpson and Clare Lyne joined the scoring to put the Bantams up 3-1 with 16:20 remaining in the half.

Games scored twice more, sandwiched around a free-position goal by Trinity's O'Donnell, and then she scored again 32 seconds after Tufts' Megan Toner tallied as the Jumbos went up 5-4. O'Donnell added her second goal of the game at the 8:09 mark via Lyne's first of three assists on the day to tie the game at 5-5. Jumbo sophomore Cecily Freleich and French traded goals just two minutes apart to make it 6-6, before Kate Mackin and Games scored once each within a six-second window to open up a two-goal Tufts lead (8-6) with 2:24 left in the half. Trinity junior Abby McInerney capped off the half with a score for the Bantams to cut the deficit to one entering the break.

Trinity outscored Tufts 7-3 in the second half en route to the three-goal victory. Lyne wasted no time getting things going with a goal just 15 seconds into the second half thanks to a helper by McInerney. Goals by Coffey and French opened up a 10-8 Bantam lead before Mackin halted the run with a Jumbo score at the 22:50 mark. After a McInerney goal, Games cut the Bantam lead to one (11-10) with her sixth goal of the game. Following a score by Trinity junior Allie Barrett, Tufts sophomore Annie Sullivan made it a 12-11 game with 8:40 left to go. French and O'Donnell tallied a goal each in the waning minutes as the Bantams controlled the ball for the final three minutes to come away with the 14-11 victory.

The Jumbos are off all week until hosting Connecticut College next Saturday at noon. The Bantams are right back at it tomorrow hosting Wheaton College (Mass.) at 3 p.m.

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