No. 2 Ranked Trinity Tops Williams 12-5 in Women’s Lacrosse Season Opener

Jenna Chodos '17
Jenna Chodos '17

WILIAMSTOWN, MA -- No. 2 Trinity College (1-0 / 1-0 NESCAC) defeated Williams College (0-1 / 0-1 NESCAC) 12-5 in the 2016 Eph home opener on Farley-Lamb Field.

After a scoreless first nine minutes, Trinity's Martha Griffin scored the first goal of the game at 20:56. The Ephs answered shortly after when first year Emma Tenbarge buried one in the back of the net. With 3:33 remaining in the first half the Ephs' Anne Rehfuss scored off a feed from Micaela Dussel to bring the Ephs with in one goal, down 4-3.

Trinity, however, answered the Rehfuss tally with a goal of its own 52 seconds later when Clare Lyne scored off a pass from Martha Griffin. Trinity took a 5-3 lead into halftime.

The Bantams opened the second half with five straight goals in the first five minutes by five different players to establish a 10-3 lead. After a Trinity turnover, Williams gained position of the ball for the first time in the half. Sophomore Kate Pattison sprinted down the field for a successful clear attempt and at 23:15 a great pass from Rehfuss found junior Jenna Chodos coming around the net. Chodos found the goal to put the Ephs on the board for the first time in the half.

Trinity controlled the ball briefly after winning their fourth straight draw until first year Eliza Quigley forced a turnover and the Ephs regained possession. After trading possessions once again Katie Gallop fired off a great shot that was saved by Trinity goalie Emily Mooney. The Ephs called timeout with 18:59 remaining in the half.

Coming out of the timeout senior Alyssa Maddalone scored off a free position shot to put the Ephs within five. Chodos controlled the next draw for the Ephs putting Dussel in position for a great shot that was stopped by Trinity's Mooney giving the ball back to the Bantams. Possession continued to go back-and-forth until Trinity's Griffin scored her third goal of the game off a free position shot at 12:39.

The Ephs and the Bantams again exchanged possessions and saw great effort on free position attempts from Chodos, Dussel, and sophomore Olivia Polk. Griffin scored the final goal of the game at 1:21 off an assist from Karly Simpson.

About the game Williams' head coach Chris Mason commented, "They're a very strong, very fast, and very tall team and it's tough to keep them down. Overall it was hard work together as a team that helped us in the first half. Ana did really well in the goal for her first game and we are looking for better, quicker ball control and more organized defense to help us going forward for the rest of the season." 

Griffin led Trinity with four goals while senior goalkeeper Emily Mooney had seven saves for the Bantams and sophomore Zoe Ferguson had four. Five different players each scored one goal for the Ephs. First year goalie Ana Alvarenga made seven saves for the Ephs.

The Ephs will next face RPI at 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 10 in Troy, New York.