Trinity Women's Lacrosse Topples TCNJ To Advance To Fifth Final Four In A Row

NCAA Semifinals on Saturday, May 28, in Philadelphia

Trinity Women's Lacrosse
Hartford, Conn., May 22, 2016 – Senior co-captain midfielder Martha Griffin  (Exeter, N.H.) notched two goals, including the 200th of her career, and three assists to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 11-6 victory over The College of New Jersey Lions in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament this afternoon on Trinity’s Sheppard Field.  Trinity improves to 18-3 and advances to the NCAA Final Four for fifth year in a row, while the Lions fall to the Bantams in a regional finals on Sheppard Field for the third time in the last four years.  The Bantams will face the Franklin and Marshall College Diplomats in the NCAA Semifinals on Saturday, May 28 at 3 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium in a re-match of the 2015 semifinal won by Trinity, 11-6.  Cortland State takes on Middlebury in the other NCAA Semifinal game on Saturday and the winners will play in the NCAA Finals on Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m.

Griffin had a hand in three of the game’s first four goals and six of Trinity’s eight tallies in the first half, as the Bantams took control early to take a 8-1 lead into halftime.  Trinity sophomore attacker Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) took a Griffin pass to the left of the Lion goal and quickly shot past College of New Jersey freshman goalkeeper Miranda Chrome (Moorestown, N.J.) for the game’s first goal with 23:50 on the clock.  Griffin scored with 20:41 left in the first half, slicing through the Lion defense on the right side after Trinity had passed out of a free-position attempt, and Bantam junior midfielder Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) bounced in a shot from just outside the arc to give the hosts a 3-0 lead 12:38 into the contest.  Griffin assisted Coffey on another goal 2:05 later, before freshman midfielder Kathleen Jaeger (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) got TCNJ on the board on a shot from close that caromed off the stick of Bantam sophomore goalie Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.).  Trinity did not let up, as junior attacker Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) scored twice and Griffin assisted on another Bantam goal and became the second Trinity player to reach the 200-goal plateau with 3:53 left before the break with the second goal of the half.  Bantam sophomore attacker Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) scored unassisted to make the score, 8-1, at the break.

College of New Jersey came out fighting in the second stanza, scoring the first four goal after intermission including the first by junior attackman Mia Blackman (Arlington, Va.) 3:52 into the second half, two by sophomore attacker Amanda Muller (Hillsborough, N.J.), and one with the extra attacker by Jaeger.  With Trinity leading, 8-5, with 13:41 remaining in the contest, Lyne broke a 20:10 minute scoring drought when she shot past Chrome while streaking in front of the net from right to left with 12:12 on the clock.  Trinity sophomore attacker Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) added a pair of insurance goals down stretch before Lion senior attacker Erin Waller (Sewell, N.J.) rounded out the scoring with a goal in the final minute.

Trinity dominated possession with a 16-to-3 edge on the draw, led by Lyne, Coffey, and McInerney who combined to win 13 draw controls.  The Bantams also doubled up the Lions with a 20-to10 shooting edge and took advantage of 35 College of New Jersey fouls in the game.  Senior co-captain Ashley Stewart (Dover, Mass.) paced the Trinity defense with two ground balls and two caused turnovers, while senior goalie Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) entered the game at halftime and made both Bantam saves.  Freshman midfielder Abby Flagler (Califon, N.J.) had a game-high four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers and Chrome made six saves for TCNJ.

"We are so excited to head back to the Final Four," added Dissinger.  "I am so proud of the team because we have started to connect on offense, defense, and in between more and more each game.  We have taken the lessons we have learned in each game and used them to set goals in the next one, and today felt like a culmination of all that hard work."