Game recap courtesy of Trinity College
HARTFORD - Senior tri-captain midfielder Karly Simpson and junior Kiley Coffey scored five times each to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 19-10 victory over the visiting Tufts University Jumbos in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament on Saturday.
The Bantams, ranked No. 11 nationally and seeded No. 3 in the tournament field, improve to 13-3 and advance to the NESCAC semi-finals for the eighth year in a row, while No. 20 and sixth-seed Tufts drops to 10-6. Trinity will face No. 2-seeded Hamilton College in its semi-final game next Saturday at Midldebury College. 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. That was 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 twice in a row 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 (7-4) at the break thanks to 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 (7-5), but the Bantams broke the game open with six goals in a row including three by Coffey and two off assists by senior attacker Emma Malicki. The hosts led 13-5 with 20 minutes remaining in regulation.
The teams then 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 at 18-7 with 8:35 remaining in the half.
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 groundballs 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. Sophomore goalie Audrey Evers made 10 saves.
The Jumbos are a long shot to receive an at-large NCAA Tournament berth.