Trinity Downs Castleton, 16-4
from press release
Hartford, Conn. – Ten different players found the back of the net for the Trinity College women's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon as the Bantams topped visiting Castleton State, 16-4, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Sheppard Field. With the win, Trinity improves to 16-2 and will face the winner of the Fredonia/RPI game later this afternoon. The Spartans, who won their third straight conference title, end the year with a 9-7 record.
In their 12th straight win, the Bantams were led by sophomore Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) who scored three goals to go along with four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Junior Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.), classmate Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.), freshmanBetsy Craig (Kennebunk, Maine) and first-year Emma Malicki (Loudonville, N.Y.) all had two markers apiece for Trinity, while reigning New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week She Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) added a pair of assists.
Jenilee Mark (Chelmsford, Mass.) had a strong game for Castleton State, scoring three goals and scooping a trio of ground balls. Freshman Grace Johnson (South Burlington, Vt.) had the other goal for the Spartans with Kim Gosselin (Concord, N.H.) and Blake Wardwell (Bridgewater, Vt.) each adding an assist.
The Trinity defense was aggressive in the contest as Castleton State committed 34 turnovers. Freshman midfielder Meghan Collins (Marblehead, Mass.) caused a game-high five turnovers and had five ground balls for the Bantams, while Griffin caused three and three other Trinity players caused two. For the Spartans, Junior Kate Auer (South Glen Falls, N.Y.) won a game-best four draw controls and goaltender Rachel Bombardier (Pittsford, Vt.) and Sarah Clark (Guilford, Vt.) each caused three turnovers.
Trinity opened the game with two unanswered goals over the first four minutes as Hayes and Griffin netted tallies. With 25:14 remaining in the opening half, Johnson put the visitors on the board and made it a one-goal contest. From there, the Bantams scored eight straight goals to stretch their lead to 10-1 with 14 and a half minutes left in the first half. During the run, Cox and Malicki each had two markers for the Bantams. After Mark scored for Castleton to make it 10-2, Griffin and Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) found the back of the net to give Trinity a 12-2 lead heading into half.
In the second half, the Bantams doubled up Castleton, scoring four goals to the visitors two.
In net for Trinity, Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) played the first half and made one save to earn her 15th win of the season and Bridget Kitchen (North Andover, Mass.) came on in the second half and also made one stop. Bombadier turned aside 14 shots in a losing effort for the Spartans.
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