Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information
HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior tri-captain midfielder Karly Simpson had four goals and two assists to lead the Trinity Bantams to a thrilling 13-12 comeback victory over the visiting Franklin & Marshall Diplomats in the third round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament at Sheppard Field.
Trinity improves to 16-4 and advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 13th time and the eighth year in a row. The Bantams knocked the Diplomats out of the tourney for the third consecutive season. Franklin & Marshall ends its year at 17-5, having lost for the first time in nine games. Trinity will host York (Pa.), which won the second game in Hartford, 8-7, in overtime, in tomorrow's quarterfinals tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
Trailing, 8-4, just over six minutes into the second half, Trinity went on an 8-0 run over a span of 42:25 and took its first lead of the game at 9-8 with 14:51 left in the second when senior tri-captain attacker Clare Lyne raced through the middle of the Diplomat defense after a draw for her only goal of the game. Simpson scored twice during the run, including the game-tying goal 12 seconds prior to Lyne's go-ahead score, and assisted on a third, while junior attacker Kiley Coffey also scored a pair of goals during the spurt. Junior attacker Paige Moriarty ended a 46:14 Diplomat scoring drought with the fourth of her five goals with 8:35 left on the clock that was answered 47 seconds later when Simpson fed Coffey for the final Trinity goal that made the score, 13-9, with 7:48 remaining. Moriarty scored at the 5:03 mark and senior tri-captain Gabby Frank tallied twice in 30 seconds to bring the visitors to within a goal with 26 seconds left to play. Lyne was the ensuing draw and the Bantams ran out the clock.
Franklin & Marshall was in control of the game early, taking a 6-1 lead less than nine minutes into the first half. Frank scored the first goal of the game just 50 seconds after the opening draw to ignite a 4-0 run that included two tallies by sophomore midfielder Caroline Kolva and a goal and an assist by Moriarty. Simpson got the Bantams on the board with her first goal that caromed in off the post at the 19:37 mark of the opening stanza, but Franklin & Marshall scored twice more before Trinity junior midfielder Allie Barrett and senior attacker Emma Malicki scored two in a row to close the half at 6-3 in the visitors' favor. Moriarty opened the second half with a free-position goal 1:54 after intermission, before Bantam junior attacker Abby McInerney and Diplomat freshman attacker Grace Norley traded goals to make it, 8-4.
Trinity finished with a 32-to-20 shooting advantage, a 16-to-9 edge on ground balls, and won 16-of-27 draws but committed 35 fouls to 26 for the Diplomats. Franklin and Marshall converted on three of its six free positions, while Trinity scored on just one of six, but the Diplomats came up empty on three possessions with the extra player.
Simpson paced the Trinity offense with six points, while Coffey recorded a hat trick, Lyne finished with a goal and two assists, and Barrett added a goal and an assist. McInerney paced the Bantams with a game-high five draw controls, while Lyne added four, junior defender Clare Nowlan collected two ground balls and a caused turnover, and junior goalie Zoe Ferguson made four saves.
Moriarty's five goals led all scorers and she added one assist, while Frank scored three times, and junior attacker Hanna Serling assisted on two tallies the Diplomats. Rookie midfielder Melissa Judge had four draw controls, while Frank and senior midfielder Taylor Freud notched two ground balls and a caused turnover each, and junior goalie Danielle Harrington made 12 saves.