Lord Jeffs Top Trinity 2-1 to Earn First-Round Home Game

The 2008 NESCAC Champions will open their repeat campaign on Sunday against Middlebury.

From a Trinity College release

HARTFORD, CT –  Amherst College first-year Casey McNamara (Montclair, NJ) and sophomore James Mooney (Princeton, NJ) each scored goals to lead the visiting Lord Jeff men’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over the Trinity College Bantams in the regular season finale for both teams this afternoon. With the win, Amherst finished tied with Williams for second place in the NESCAC, but lost the regular season meeting with the Ephs to drop into the No. 3 spot in the upcoming conference tournament. The Lord Jeffs will host No. 6-seeded Middlebury in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 12:30 p.m.

Trinity, ranked No. 3 in New England and No. 21 in the nation, closes the regular campaign at 10-3-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the NESCAC with its second loss in a row, while the Lord Jeffs, ranked No. 5 in New England, finish the regular season at 11-2-1 and 6-2-1 in the league, while extending their unbeaten streak to eight games with their second straight win.

The loss drops Trinity into a fourth-place tie place in the final NESCAC standings and the Bantams will play a NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal game at Bowdoin College Sunday, Nov. 1 at 12:30 p.m.  Trinity lost to Bowdoin at home last Saturday, 2-0, which gives the Polar Bears, who also finished 5-3-1 in the league, a tiebreaking edge on the Bantams, and, therefore, the home game in the league tournament.  Trinity will be playing in its third straight NESCAC tournament on Sunday, after reaching the league semifinals for the first time last fall.

McNamara scored midway through the first half and Mooney followed suit in the 67th minute to give Amherst a 2-0 lead.  Trinity junior midfielder Peter Marlette scored on an assist by sophomore goalie Grant Schonberg with 1:19 remaining in the game to cut the deficit to one, and break a 232-minute scoring drought for Trinity, but the Bantams ran out of time. Schonberg had eight saves and Lord Jeff sophomore Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) made seven stops.