HARTFORD, Conn. – Eighth-seeded Bates College women's lacrosse scored two of the game's last three goals, but top-seeded Trinity College remained on top for a 12-7 win in the NESCAC Championship Quarterfinals at Sheppard Field on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 5 nationally-ranked Bantams (13-2) will move onto the semifinals on May 3 after eliminating the No. 17 Bobcats (8-8) from the tournament. Bates handed Trinity its only NESCAC loss of the season – a 6-3 victory on March 15 in Hartford.
The Bantams increased their winning streak to nine games and will look to capture their fourth consecutive NESCAC title with two more victories.
For the hosts, Caroline Hayes recorded five points on three goals and two assists while Martha Griffin recorded three goals, an assist, and five draw controls.
Senior Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) led the Bobcats with two goals and an assist while classmate Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) registered six draw controls, pushing her single-season school record mark to 79 and her program-best career total to 177.
Bates sophomore Alex Briody (North Kingstown, R.I.) opened the game's scoring just over 90 seconds into the contest before Trinity responded with a pair of goals. Senior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) tied the game at 2-2 with an unassisted tally at the 16:06 mark.
Four seconds later Griffin scored to begin a 5-0 run for the Bantams which pushed their lead to 7-2 with just under six minutes left in the opening period. Griffin scored a second goal in the run, Hayes tallied a pair of goals, and Renee Olsen also found the back of the cage.
The Bobcats netted two of the half's last two goals off tallies from sophomore Cara Cappellini (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Meedzan to pull within 8-4 at the intermission.
Sophomore Emma Noto (Portland, Ore.) connected on a free position shot just less than four minutes into the second half to cut the deficit to 8-5, but Trinity answered with three consecutive goals to stake an 11-5 edge with 13:52 to play. Kathleen Timmons, Shea Kusiak, and Clare Lyne provided the goals for the hosts.
First-year Kaileigh Maguire (Sudbury, Mass.) and Meedzan charted the game's next two goals to trim the margin to 11-7 before Trinity's Molly Cox recorded the game's final tally with 2:18 to play.
Trinity goalie Emily Mooney made seven saves in the win to improve to 11-2 on the year while Bates sophomore Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) stopped six shots in the loss (7-8).