Career-high 18 saves for Burrall '19 in NESCAC semifinal loss

Hannah Burrall '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Hannah Burrall '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Trinity College scored seven of the first eight goals and the Bantams went on to a 12-3 win against the Hamilton College Continentals in a 2017 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship semifinal at Middlebury College's Kohn Field on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton's win streak ended at six games. Included in that streak was a 7-6 victory at Trinity on April 22. The Continentals were making their third appearance in the NESCAC semifinals since they joined the conference for lacrosse in 2012.

Second-seeded Hamilton (12-5 overall) is ranked eighth in the Division III Top 20 coaches poll and first in the New England Region by the NCAA. The Continentals' previous loss away from home was back on March 14.

The No. 3 seed Bantams (14-3) move on to their seventh straight NESCAC final where they will face Colby College at Middlebury on Sunday, May 7. Colby edged the Panthers 10-9 in Saturday's first semifinal. Trinity is ranked 12th in the coaches poll and fourth in the New England Region by the NCAA.

Hannah Burrall '19 was tested often in Hamilton's goal and she made a career-high 18 saves. Burrall's previous career best was nine stops. Kara Pooley '19 paced the offense with a goal and an assist, Casey File '17 scored her 25th goal this year and Skyler Simson '20 added her fourth. File won three draws and Maddie Fitzpatrick '18 caused three turnovers.

Kiley Coffey found the back of the net five times and had an assist for the Bantams. Abby McInerney chipped in two goals and two helpers and Emma Malicki passed out three assists. Clare Lyne posted a goal and an assist and leads the team with 44 goals and 20 assists for 64 points. Morgan Strabley scooped up three ground balls, Lara Guida caused three turnovers and Coffey won four draws. Zoe Ferguson, who leads the conference in save percentage, made eight of her nine saves in the second half.

McInerney and Lyne scored to give Trinity a 2-0 lead and the Bantams led the whole way. Pooley's 23rd goal on a move from behind the net put the Continentals on the scoreboard and cut their deficit in half with 13:25 remaining in the first. Coffey was the driving force behind a five-goal spurt that gave Trinity a 7-1 advantage with 1:55 to go. Coffey had three of the goals and passed to Mary French for another that made it 3-1 just 53 seconds after Pooley's tally. Pooley found File cutting to the goal for the 59th of her career with 1:29 left in the half and the Bantams took a 7-2 lead into the break.

Hamilton wasn't able to build on the momentum of the File goal in the second half. Coffey scored twice in the first 13 minutes and Ferguson kept the Continentals off the scoreboard by making four saves as Trinity increased its cushion to seven goals at 9-2 midway through the half. Simson scored on a free-position shot with 12:39 remaining but it turned out to be Hamilton's last goal of the day.

The Continentals will find out if they have more games to play on Sunday night at 9:30 when the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship field is announced. Click here to watch the 40 teams revealed live.