Women's Lacrosse Falls to Trinity in NESCAC Championship Game

Bowdoin co-captains Natalie Moore and Taylor Wilson with NESCAC Runner-up trophy
Bowdoin co-captains Natalie Moore and Taylor Wilson with NESCAC Runner-up trophy

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Trinity College women's lacrosse team held Bowdoin scoreless for a 32-minute span and slowly pulled away for a 13-8 win in the NESCAC Championship game on Sunday.

The top-ranked Bantams (17-1), under the direction of first-year head coach Katy Dissinger (Bowdoin '11), win their fifth consecutive conference title. The fifth-ranked Polar Bears (15-3) were in search of their first conference crown in their second finals appearance. Two of Bowdoin's three losses this year have come at the hands of the Bantams.

Trinity earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament while Bowdoin is likely to receive an at-large selection when pairings are announced at 9:30 p.m. Sunday on NCAA.com.

Emma Beecher and Lindsay Picard had three goals apiece for the Polar Bears. Megan O'Conor and Clare McLaughlin also had goals for Bowdoin. Martha Griffin sparked the Bantams with three goals and five assists.

The Polar Bears controlled most of the first half, owning two-goal leads on three occasions (3-1, 4-2, and 5-3). But the Bantams closed the half on a 5-0 run over the final 12:15, thanks to a pair of Karly Simpson goals, to take a 8-5 lead at intermission.

The Bantam defense continued to frustrate the Polar Bear offense in the second half as the hosts burst out of the gate on a 3-0 run, extending their lead to 11-5 before Bowdoin found the back of the net courtesy of Beecher with 11:53 on the clock, ending a scoreless streak of 32:41. The rally proved too late, however, as Trinity ran out most of the remaining time to claim the crown.

Trinity held a 22-19 edge in shots and goaltender Zoe Ferguson made 10 saves for the Bantams. Bowdoin's Isabel Sippel made four saves, allowing 11 goals, in 41:53 of play. Kayli Weiss stopped two shots over the final 18:07 for the Polar Bears.