Late Trinity Rally Stuns Bowdoin in Nationally-Ranked Women's Lacrosse Duel
HARTFORD, Conn. - The Trinity College women's lacrosse team scored four times in the final 2:44 to stun Bowdoin on Saturday, 9-8, at Sheppard Field.
Seventh-ranked Trinity improves to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the NESCAC with its third consecutive win, while 18th-ranked Bowdoin drops to 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the league with their second setback in a row.
Junior midfielder Caroline Hayes scored twice in the final two minutes, including the game-winner with 24 seconds remaining in the game, to complete a dramatic comeback for Trinity. Lindsay Picard led Bowdoin with three goals, an assist, three ground balls and two draw controls. Betsy Sachs and Jordan Smith had two goals each for the Polar Bears.
The Bantams trailed, 8-5, with 5:46 left in the second half after Bowdoin's fifth unanswered goal by sophomore Megan O'Connor on a free position. Bantam junior attacker Molly Cox started the rally with a goal on a free-position shot, and Hayes converted on another free position with a side-arm flip that caromed off Bowdoin junior goalie Isabel Sippel and into the net with 1:52 remaining. Trinity sophomore midfielder Martha Griffin tied the game at 8-8, at the 1:20 mark, off a rebound after Sippel had saved a free-position shot by classmate Ashley Stewart. Bantam junior midfielder Lindsay Mullaney had come up with back-to-back draw controls to give Trinity possession for both Hayes' and Griffin's goals and scooped up the ball after Stewart's shot to set Griffin up for her game-tying tally.
Hayes beat her defender going left and snuck the clincher past Sippel's left leg to give Trinity its first lead since the 25:41 mark of the second stanza, but Bowdoin senior tri-captain Erica Nangeroni won the game's final draw and raced down the field to give the visitors a chance to force overtime. Trinity sophomore goalkeeper Emily Mooney made the last of her seven saves to stop Bowdoin sophomore Lindsay Picard from close with eight seconds left. The Polar Bears had the ball behind the goal with five ticks remaining but failed to off a final shot.
Griffin led all scorers with four goals and added three draw controls for Trinity. Sachs totaled a game-high four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Sippel finished with 12 saves.