AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 14 Amherst College women's lacrosse team received a pair of goals from tri-captain Meghan Mills '15, but No. 1 Trinity College used a five-goal effort from Martha Griffin to help the Bantams claim a 12-7 NESCAC win and secure the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 9-6 overall, 4-6 in NSCAC play and earns the seventh seed in the NESCAC tournament. The Jeffs will travel to second-seeded Middlebury College Saturday, April 25 at 12 p.m. Trinity improves to 14-1 overall, 9-1 in NESCAC action and will host Williams College on Saturday.
In a closely contested first half, Trinity got on the board at the 25:26 mark when Allie Barrett scored before Griffin fired in her first goal less than a minute later to give the Bantams a 2-0 lead. Claire Cagnassola '17 cut the deficit in half with a free position goal at the 23:15 mark, but Trinity extended its lead to three when Renee Olsen notched back-to-back scores to give the visitors a 4-1 edge with 15:21 remaining in the first half.
Julia Crerend '18 then scored on a free position shot before Clare Lyne found the back of the net on a feed from Griffin to make it 5-2 with just over 13 minutes to play in the stanza. A goal by Devin O'Connor '16 following a great dish from Cagnassola, and then a goal by Mills following a pass from Rachel Passarelli '16 pulled Amherst to within one at 5-4 with 5:31 left in the period. Trinity tabbed the final goal of the half as Karly Simpson struck with 2:01 on the clock to give the Bantams a 6-4 edge at intermission.
Trinity pulled away early in the second frame as Molly Cox fired in a goal following an assist from Griffin who scored the next two goals to make it 9-4 with 21:28 left in regulation. Lyne then scored her second of the game on a pass from Carline Hayes to increase the advantage to 10-4 at the 12:31 mark.
Passarelli scored on a free position shot to halt the Bantams run, but Griffin answered with her fourth marker to set the score at 11-5. Sarah Spector '15 and Griffin exchanged goals to keep the Trinity cushion at six (12-6) with just 1:24 remaining, before Mills scored her second to set the final score at 12-7.
Passarelli, O'Connor and Christy Forrest '16 finished with three groundballs each, while Passarelli added three caused turnovers. Mills and Hanna Krueger '17 finished with three draw controls each, while Forrest made four saves between the pipes.
Zoe Ferguson played the first 30 minutes in goal for Trinity and made five saves, while Emily Mooney added a save in the second half. Lyne won five draws for the Bantams.