Griffins' five goals power Trinity (Conn.) to lopsided win versus Springfield
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Midfielder Martha Griffin scored a game-high five goals to lead Trinity (Conn.) to a 19-5 victory against visiting Springfield at Sheppard Field. Reigning NCAA champion Trinity, ranked No. 1 in the nation, tied a program-record 18 wins in a row set in 2011, while improving to 10-0. Springfield fell to 7-6.
Trinity controlled play from the beginning, opening up a 6-0 led after 19:22 of play. Bantam senior attacker Hadley Duncan scored the game's first goal from senior attacker Haley Thompson 1:53 after the opening draw, and senior midfielder Megan Leonhard tallied three goals to highlight a 6-0 Trinity run to started the game.
Freshman midfielder Connie Nielson ended the Springfield scoring drought with back-to-back scores at 15:45 and 13:02 of the first half, respectively. Sophomore midfielder Michelle Dorsey scored the third consecutive 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 scored on a free position for the Bantams to ignite a 5-0 run that put the game out of reach. Attacker Molly Cox scored twice during the spurt.
Trinity sophomore midfielder Lindsay Mullaney was the fifth of five Bantam multiple-goal scorers with two, while Thompson and junior attacker Kathleen Timmons dished two assists apiece, and Leonhard had a game-high four draw controls and forced three turnovers. The Bantam defense of senior Mallory Hinman, senior Hillary McNamara, and juniors Midge Daniel and Lyndsey Shepard held Springfield to just eight shots and caused 11 turnovers, as Emily Mooney and senior Olivia Whitney did not make a save in 60 minutes in the Bantam goal. Junior backstop Anne Versprille had 11 stops for Springfield.