HARTFORD, Conn. -- Third-ranked Amherst suffered its first setback of the season, falling to No. 6 Trinity (Conn.) at Sheppard Field 7-4.
Closing out the regular season with a 14-1 (9-1 NESCAC) record, the Jeffs dropped into a tie with Trinity (12-2, 9-1 NESCAC) atop the conference standings. By virtue of tonight’s head-to-head victory, the Bantams earned the top seed in the upcoming league championship. As the tournament's No. 2 seed, Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Apr. 26 with a quarterfinal match-up against No. 7 Bowdoin.
Staking Amherst to an early advantage, Mia Haughton opened the scoring at the 22:36 mark of the first half thanks to a Rachel Passarelli feed. Just 58 seconds later, Caroline Hayes put Trinity on the board with a free-position goal. Approaching the 12-minute mark, Alex Philie broke the deadlock, converting on a Haughton assist to give the Purple & White a 2-1 edge at the intermission.
Wasting little time knotting things up, Kathleen Timmons pulled the home team even just 2:32 after the restart. Minutes later, Timmons found Karly Simpson, who slipped the go-ahead goal past Amherst’s Christy Forrest. Battling back, Elizabeth Ludlow once again tied it, scoring on a free-position to make it 3-3.
Kick-starting a Bantam rally, Martha Griffin notched a man-up goal with 17:56 remaining in regulation. Just 2:08 later, Griffin struck again with an unassisted tally to put Trinity up two. Continuing to spark the Bantam offense, Griffin then found Molly Cox for the home team’s third goal in a span of six-plus minutes. Passarelli inched Amherst back within two with a free-position goal at 5:48, but that was as close as the visitors would get with Lindsay Mullaney wrapping up the scoring with a free-position marker of her own a minute later.
Haughton and Passarelli each had a goal and an assist for the Jeffs, while Griffin paved the way for the Trinity attack with two goals and two assists. Forrest finished with seven saves, while sophomore counterpart Emily Mooney also had seven stops. Winning 7-of-13 draw controls, the Bantams held an 18-13 shot advantage and 14-11 edge in ground balls.