#6 Bantams Withstand Shorewomen's Challenge in 7-6 Win

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Martha Griffin scored five goals as sixth-ranked Trinity College held off a stiff challenge from host Washington College in a 7-6 non-conference women's lacrosse victory tonight on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Bantams improved to 6-1 with the win, while the Shorewomen dropped to 2-2 with the loss. 

Neither team scored before Griffin found the back of the net for the Bantams with 21:56 left in the first half. Washington then ran off three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead. Senior midfielder Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) scored off an assist from sophomore attacker Katherine Vincent (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) just 28 seconds after Griffin's goal. Hubley added a free-position goal at 19:06 and Vincent added one of her own at 17:17.

The Bantams ended the Shorewomen's spurt with a free-position goal by Griffin with 16:07 on the clock. Freshman midfielder Rachael Shaw (Bechtelsville, Pa./Boyertown) then scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Alli Dudley (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key) to put the Shorewomen back up by two with 14:16 left in the half. Renee Olsen scored off an Abby McQuillan pass with 10:20 to play and Griffin scored again, this time off a pass from Caroline Hayes, with 7:23 on the clock as the Bantams evened the score at 4-4 before halftime. 

Neither team scored in the second half until Griffin found the back of the net with 16:17 to go to give the Bantams their first lead of the game at 5-4. Vincent answered for the Shorewomen at the 12:29 mark to even the game at 5-5. Trinity took the lead for good on Griffin's fifth and final goal at 8:06. The Bantams then won the ensuing draw and were content to possess the ball before Washington sophomore goalie Haylee Solomon (Wantagh, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) nearly picked off a pass from Karly Simpson to Abby McInerney near the crease. Instead, McInerney scored to give the Bantams a 7-5 lead with 4:26 left.

Washington won the next draw and Dudley found a cutting senior attacker Catherine Stanley (Freeland, Md./Hereford) for the Shorewomen's sixth goal with 2:21 left. The Bantams controlled the following draw and ran the clock down until an errant pass near the sideline went out of bounds with 21.5 seconds showing. After a successful Washington clear, a foul gave senior attacker Caroline Lovett (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) an eight-meter attempt with 8.9 seconds showing. Lovett took the shot, but it went off Trinity goalie Bridget Kitchen. Kitchen also got the ground ball and flung the ball upfield as time ran out and the Bantams held on for the win.

Griffin's five oaks came on eight shots. She was the only Trinity player with multiple points in the game and accounted for eight of the Bantams' 18 shots. Kitchen made five saves in goal. Hayes had four draw controls and three caused turnovers to go along with her assist.

Vincent's two goals and one assist led the Shorewomen's offense. Hubley had two goals and three caused turnovers, while Dudley tallied a pair of assists. Solomon made eight saves in the loss for Washington. 

The Shorewomen are back in action Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. non-conference game at Rutgers-Camden. Trinity is also back in action Saturday with a 12:00 p.m. NESCAC home game against Tufts.