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TRINITY WOMEN'S LACROSSE 2019 Season Recap

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's lacrosse team finished the year with a 9-7 overall record and a 4-6 record in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Trinity entered the NESCAC tournament as the No. 7 seed where it met No. 2-seeded Tufts University, ultimately falling to the Jumbos, 12-5. Despite the early exit in this year's post-season, the Bantams return a bevy of talent next spring and should once again contend on the national level.

Trinity opened the season up with an impressive five game win streak, knocking off the likes of Skidmore, Williams, Springfield, Bates and Denison. During this win streak, the Bantams outscored their opponents by a 71-38 margin. The team's first loss of the season came at the hands of Tufts in late-March, who at the time was the No. 8-ranked team in the country. The Bantams, then ranked No. 9 in the nation, bounced back in a major way with a 17-3 beatdown of St. Lawrence in Upstate-New York. Senior tri-captain Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.) and sophomore Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) each scored three goals against the Saints to help lead the way. Sophomores Sydney Bell (Falmouth, Maine) and Kendall Milligan (Needham, Mass.) and first-year Samantha Booma (Marblehead, Mass.) joined Berger and French as multiple scorers with two goals each.

After a hard-fought loss to Bowdoin to end the first month of the season, Trinity opened April with back-to-back conference wins. The first came as a 14-10 triumph over Connecticut College where Trinity surged to a 5-0 lead in the first 11 minutes and capped a 7-0 run with 8:56 remaining in the first half which would later prove to be the difference. Berger racked up six goals to lead the way offensively while rookie defender Anna Costello (Milton, Mass.) scooped up five ground balls and caused four turnovers to headline the defense, and goalie Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.) turned away eight shots from the cage. Junior tri-captain Sarah Montalbano (Huntington, N.Y.) also filled the box score by finishing the game with five draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. After a win over Hamilton the on April 6th in which rookie Lilianna Khosrowshahi (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) had a hat trick and sophomore Katrina Angelucci (Weston, Mass.) added two goals and one assist, the Bantams hit a rough patch, falling in four of their final five games to end the regular season.

French '19 (top), Montalbano '20 (left) & Berger '21 (right)

The Bantams fell to the Jumbos in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament after trailing, 6-4 at the half. Trinity sophomore Marcella Flibotte (Cohasset, Mass.) led the offense with a pair of goals while Costello caused three turnovers and scooped up three ground balls and Montalbano added five ground balls.

Sarah Vimini '19

Trinity's offense was spread out this year as five players finished with 22 or more points and eight players scored ten or more times. Khosrowshahi led the team in scoring with 32 goals to tally 39 points. Berger led the team in points with 42 and was also the team leader with 19 assists (8th in NESCAC). Berger contributed 23 goals as well while French was the third Bantam to tally more than 20 goals this spring with 21. Milligan and Bell combined for 55 points, both finishing the year with double-digit goals, while Flibotte, Angelucci and classmate Olivia Weckwerth (Westborough, Mass.) also found the back of the net ten or more times. Bell also led the team with 33 draw controls, followed by Flibotte with 27 and senior Caroline McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) with 23. In net, Young finished seventh in the NESCAC with a 9.72 goals allowed per game and also ended the season with the sixth-most wins (8).

Flibotte '21 (top), Bell '21 (left) & Milligan '21 (right)

After the season, senior tri-captain Jen Durocher (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Khosrowshahi were each named to the 2019 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Berkshire Region First Team, Berger and Costello graced the IWLCA All-Region Second Team. Durocher anchored the Trinity defense that allowed less than 10 goals per game, finishing second on the Bantams in ground balls with 28 (tied) and caused turnovers with 24 while playing in every game with 15 starts. Costello gave an immediate boost to the Bantam defense as a rookie, leading the team with both 34 caused turnovers (3rd in NESCAC) and 35 ground balls while starting all 16 contests.

Jen Durocher '19

Anna Costello '22

Lilianna Khosrowshahi '22

Trinity also saw success in the classroom as Berger, McKenna, Montalbano, senior tri-captain Brooke Swan (Wellesley, Mass.) and juniors Lauren Taylor (Madison, N.J.), Caroline Toomey (Wrentham, Mass.), Ashley Turnbull (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Kristina Cartwright (Braintree, Mass.) were each named to the NESCAC All-Academic team thanks to their hard work academically. Swan was additionally named to the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

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