HARTFORD, Conn.— Junior Abby McInerney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) led all players with four goals and 10th-ranked Trinity College closed the first half with an eight-goal run on its way to defeating visiting Babson College, 16-5, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sundayafternoon at Sheppard Field.
Babson, which reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011, closes the year at 14-6. Trinity, which has gone to the national championship game in each of the last five seasons, improves to 15-4 overall.
Senior Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) had a goal and an assist, while classmates Emily Bresnahan (Wenham, Mass.) and Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.), junior Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) and sophomore Mairead Williams (Hingham, Mass.) all scored once for the Beavers. Senior Delaney Carroll (Acton, Mass.) finished with two ground balls and two caused turnovers and McKenna led all players with five draw controls.
Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) scored three times and senior Emma Malicki (Loudonville, N.Y.) dished out two assists for the Bantams. Junior Clara Nowlan (Needham, Mass.) scooped up three ground balls and led all players with three caused turnovers.
Coffey and McInerney gave Trinity a 2-0 lead just 71 seconds into the contest, and the margin was three less than eight minutes in before Bresnahan got the Green and White on the board at the 21:22 mark. Coffey and McInerney both added two more first-half tallies and the Bantams scored five times over the final 9:14 of the period to build an 11-1 advantage at the break.
O'Halloran converted a feed from Giovanucci in transition to stop the run with 21:21 left to go in the second half. Giovanucci buried a free-position chance with 12:58 remaining and McKenna and Williams both converted free-position shots late in the game.
Senior goaltender Stevie Burger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) made six saves for Babson, while junior Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) stopped five shots over the first 47 minutes for the Bantams.
Trinity finished with a 25-12 edge in shots and a 12-11 advantage in ground balls. Both teams collected 11 draws and scored three free-position goals.
- · Babson is now 2-5 all-time against Trinity and 1-1 against the Bantams in NCAA Tournament play.
- · The Beavers' senior class of Bresnahan, Burger, Carroll, Giovanucci, McKenna, Christine Gill (Hingham, Mass.) and Kiley Fischer (Marblehead, Mass.) won 27 games over their final two seasons while leading the program a NEWMAC regular season title in 2016 and a conference tournament championship this spring.
- · With her second-half goal on Sunday, O'Halloran tied Tracy Russell '97 and Misha Beatty '14 for fifth on the school's single-season scoring list with 73 points.
- · Carroll ends her career ranked fifth in program history in both ground balls (150) and caused turnovers (98).