Trinity Uses Late Run To Edge Bowdoin in Top-Five Women's Lacrosse Clash

Bowdoin defender Sarah Freeman had three caused turnovers and three ground balls against Trinity
Bowdoin defender Sarah Freeman had three caused turnovers and three ground balls against Trinity

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Trinity College women's lacrosse team scored the last four goals of the game to pull away from Bowdoin, 11-6, in a battle of top-five teams on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field.

The Bantams (8-1, 4-1 NESCAC) are ranked second in the latest IWLCA Division III poll while the Polar Bears (6-2, 3-2 NESCAC) stand fifth.

Martha Griffin was the spark for Trinity on Saturday, particularly in the second half, as she scored three of her four goals in the final 14:04 to preserve the win. Karly Simpson had two goals and three assists while Renee Olsen had two goals as well for the visitors. Bowdoin was led by two goals each from Lindsay Picard and Clare McLaughlin.

The Bantams scored the first three goals of the game as the Bowdoin offense struggled to get going in the opening minutes. Olsen notched both of her goals in the opening 13 minutes to help Trinity get off to the good start. Polar Bear netminder Isabel Sippel kept her team in the contest, stopping eight shots in the opening period to keep Bowdoin within striking distance. The hosts did not get on the scoreboard until McLaughlin found the back of the net with 1:27 before the break, but quickly doubled their total 25 seconds later when Megan O'Connor scored to trim the lead to 3-2. Simpson notched an unassisted goal just 10 seconds before the horn to make it 4-2 Trinity at halftime.

The Bantams scored the first two goals of the second half and led 6-2 following an Allie Barrett goal with 21:45 to play. Bowdoin found their stride over the next ten minutes, rolling off a 4-1 run, keyed by a pair of Picard goals, and closed to within 7-6 following an Olivia Raisner score with 11:43 to play. Bowdoin won the ensuing draw control, but turned the ball over in their offensive end. Trinity cashed in with a goal from Simpson to regain a two-goal lead, 8-6, with 7:54 to go. The Bantams won the next two draws and Griffin scored on both possessions to clinch the win.

Trinity held a 13-6 edge in draw controls for the game and out-shot Bowdoin 28-22. Sippel ended with 13 saves for the Polar Bears while Zoe Ferguson finished with four saves (two goals allowed) in the opening half before giving way to Emily Mooney, who stopped four shots (four goals allowed) in the second period. Sarah Freeman had a team-high three ground balls and three caused turnovers for Bowdoin. Griffin had five ground balls and three draw controls for Trinity, who got two caused turnovers from Lindsay Mullaney.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Wednesday night when they play at Bates (7:00 p.m.). Trinity will play on Wednesday evening as well at Connecticut College (7:00 p.m.)