No. 1 Trinity Sprints Past Springfield

Hartford, Conn. - First-year midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) scored a game-high five goals to lead the Trinity Bantams to a 19-5 victory over the visiting Springfield Pride in action this afternoon on Sheppard Field.

Reigning NCAA Division III Champion Trinity, ranked No. 1 in the nation, ties the College record of 18 wins in a row set in 2011, while improving to 10-0. Springfield drops to 7-6 with its first loss in three games, Trinity controlled play from the beginning, opening up a 6-0 led after 19:22 of play.

Bantam senior attacker Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) scored the game's first goal from senior attacker Haley Thompson (Ipswich, Mass.) 1:53 after the opening draw, and senior tri-captain midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) tallied three times to highlight the 6-0 Trinity run that started the game.

Freshman midfielder Connie Nielson (Sayville, N.Y.) ended the Springfield scoring drought with back-to-back scores at 15:45 and 13:02 of the first half, respectively, and sophomore midfielder Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) scored the third straight Pride goal 28 seconds later to make the score, 6-3.

The Bantams closed the first half with a 5-0 run that included consecutive goals by Griffin in the final three minutes before the break. After a goal by Dorsey from Nielson 30 second after halftime, junior attacker Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored on a free position for the Bantams to ignite a 5-0 run that out the game out of reach. Rookie attacker Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.) scored twice during the spurt.

Trinity sophomore midfielder Lindsay Mullaney (Wellesley, Mass.) was the fifth of five Bantam multiple-goal scorers with two, while Thompson and junior attacker Kathleen Timmons (Branford, Conn.) dished two assists apiece, and Leonhard had a game-high four draw controls and forced three turnovers.

The Bantam defense of senior tri-captain Mallory Hinman (Longmeadow, Mass.), senior Hillary McNamara (Milton, Mass.), and juniors Midge Daniel (Wellesley, Mass.), and Lyndsey Shepard (Hamilton, Mass.) held Springfield to just eight shots and caused 11 turnovers.

First-year Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) and senior tri-captain Olivia Whitney (Danvers, Mass.) did not make a save in 60 minutes in the Bantam goal. Junior tri-captain backstop Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.) had 11 stops for Springfield.


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