Historic Season Ends With Loss To Top-Ranked Trinity

Historic Season Ends With Loss To Top-Ranked Trinity

Hartford, Conn. - The top-ranked Trinity Women's Lacrosse team scored seven straight goals to close out the first half with an 8-1 lead and went on to take a 16-2 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday afternoon in the Round of 16 (Regional Semifinals) of the NCAA Division III Championships.

With the win, the Bantams improve to 19-1 and move on to the NCAA Regional Finals tomorrow against the winner of the second semifinal between Bowdoin and College of New Jersey. The Sagehens end their season at 15-4 overall after advancing to regional finals for the first time.

The game started out looking like it could be an even matchup as junior midfielder Ally McLaughlin found the net in transition to tie the score 1-1 3:55 into the game. The Bantams went back ahead 2-1 and the Sagehens dominated possession for a 10-minute stretch but were unable to break down the Trinity defense.

The Bantams ended the long scoreless drought on a goal from Molly Cox, who drew a yellow card on the shot to give Trinity a player advantage with 11:58 left. Martha Griffin then scored on a free position shot 51 seconds later on the power play, her first of two straight goals, and Abby McInerney capped off the half on a free position shot with 28 seconds left to make the score 8-1, making Trinity a perfect 4-for-4 on free positions for the half.

Sophomore attacker Rebecca Long started the second half with a transition goal for the Sagehens to cut the lead to 8-2, but the Bantams responded with a fifth free position goal, this time from Cox, and rattled off the final eight goals to put it away.

Trinity had impressive offensive balance, as Griffin finished with three goals and five other players had two. The Bantams held a 25-9 edge in shots and put 24 of their 25 shots on net, with sophomore goalie Gaby Fukumura making eight saves (one of which is pictured). Fukumura had a solid game disrupting the Trinity offense, causing six turnovers (all of which ended with her own ground balls), but the Bantams were strong on free position shots (6-of-7) and had a big edge in draw controls as well (14-5). 

Pomona-Pitzer made history for the program in 2015, winning the first SCIAC title and capturing the first NCAA Tournament win (7-5 over Occidental) last weekend. The senior class of Brenna Gormally, Annie Schatz, Zoe Brown, Julie Necarsulmer and Alexa Sarussi (who will return in time for their graduations at Pomona and Pitzer tomorrow) finish their careers after helping the program improve from 7-10 in their first year in 2012 to 31-9 in their final two seasons, including two NCAA Tournament bids.