Trinity College scored six goals in the first half and the nationally ranked No. 8 Bantams posted a 9-5 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Saturday afternoon.
Hamilton (4-6, 2-4 NESCAC) is ranked 25th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Top 25 poll. Trinity improves to 9-2 overall with a 5-1 record in the NESCAC.
Darby Philbrick '18 gave the Continentals a 1-0 lead just over two minutes after the opening draw. Hamilton worked the ball around the back of the net and passed to Philbrick on the left side of the arc. She spun around the defender for the open lane and fired the ball inside the left post at 27:57.
Sophie Berger responded for Trinity with a free-position goal at 25:25, and the Bantams added goals by Kendall Milligan and Kiley Coffey to build a 3-1 edge.
The Continentals took back the lead when they scored three straight free-position goals. Charlotte Wynn '20 scored at the 18:28 mark, Kara Pooley '19 tied the score at 17:07, and the Continentals took a 4-3 lead with 13:29 remaining in the first half when Philbrick notched her second goal of the afternoon.
Led by Berger, the Bantams scored six straight goals, starting with 11:45 left in the first half and extending to 8:36 to go in the second to make the score 9-4. Berger contributed either a goal or an assist on seven of Trinity's goals and finished with a season-best five goals and two assists.
Pooley scored the final goal of the contest off a free-position shot with 1:39 remaining in the second half, and she completed the game with two goals, four caused turnovers and two draw controls. Philbrick tallied two goals, five draw controls and two caused turnovers. Sarah Kaiser '20 scooped up a career-best four ground balls and caused two turnovers, and TT Fletcher '20 picked up three ground balls.
Hannah Burrall '19 finished with six saves for Hamilton, and Trinity's Zoe Ferguson made six of her 10 saves in the second half. Both teams totaled 19 turnovers, 25 shots and 15 shots on goal. Hamilton had the 11-5 advantage on the draw, including winning all five in the second half.
Hamilton hosts Williams College on Tuesday, April 10 for a NESCAC game at 5 p.m. on Steuben Field.