Women’s Lax Trounces Wesleyan and Middlebury

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HENRY PHELPS ’18
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Trinity women’s lacrosse beat Wesleyan on Apr. 12, outscoring them by 8 goals. Much of Trinity’s success this game can be attributed captain Martha Griffin ’16 and Clare Lyne ’17, combined, the pair scored half of Trinity’s goals with 3 goals each. The final score was 12-4 in favor of Trinity. Now ranked seventh nationally, this game improved Trinity’s record to 10-2 this season and 6-1 in the NESCAC. The Wesleyan Cardinal’s record is now 4-7; 1-6 in the NESCAC. After this game, Trinity’s overall record against Wesleyan is 36-4-1.
The Bantams dominated in the first half allowing only one goal and scoring eight. Within the first five minutes, Griffin scored twice and Lyne scored once. At 18:44, Wesleyan scored their only goal in the half as Meredith Smith finally put one in the net after nine scoring attempts from the Cardinals. Before the intermission, the Bantams put five more goals past Wesleyan goalkeeper, Nina Labovich, giving them a comfortable seven goal lead.
Trinity attacker Abby McInerney ’18 scored soon after the start of the second half; however, three of the next four goals would be against Trinity. With 11:00 left on the clock, the score was 10-4 in favor of Trinity. No more action occurred until the final two minutes when Trinity snuck in two more goals in before the end of the game making the score 12-4.
Four days later, Trinity women’s lacrosse played second ranked Middlebury and emerged with the win. Trinity’s record improved to an impressive 11-2, and Middlebury tacked on their first loss of the season with a record of 10-1. The first half saw equal effort by both teams, concluding with a tied score. Trinity pulled ahead in the second half and outscored Middlebury by four goals granting them the 13-9 victory.
In the first half, neither team held more than a two goal advantage. The first goal was scored by Middlebury’s Laurel Pascal, 21 seconds into the game. Three minutes later, Trinity scored back to back goals just 16 seconds apart: Kiley Coffey ’18 scored on a man- up advantage and Karly Simpson ’17 scored from six yards away with a bouncing shot. Bridget Instrum of Middlebury scored the next two goals, and then the two teams traded the next four goals, leaving the score 5-4 in favor of Middlebury with 11:00 to go in the half. Following this intense back and forth, Trinity scored three straight goals; from Clare Lyne ’17 and Abby McInerney ’18. The rest of the half saw two more goals from the Panthers, leaving the score at an even 7-7 entering the second half.
In a five minute goal scoring frenzy, the Bantams scored four goals out of the gate. Coffey, Griffin, Simpson, and Lyne all scored setting the score to 11-7 with 20 minutes remaining on the clock. During the rest of the half, Middlebury’s Instrum scored twice; another goal , was scored by Trinity’s Lyne. In the final minutes of the game, Coffey sealed the deal and scored on an empty net to bring the score to a final 13-9. Trinity will play Hamilton in Clinton, NY on Apr. 23 at noon.

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