HARTFORD, Conn. — Martha Griffin had three goals and five assists, and top-seeded Trinity College held No. 5 Bowdoin scoreless for a 32-minute stretch on the way to a 13-8 victory in the New England Small College Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse championship game Sunday afternoon.

Emma Beecher’s goal with 14:34 left in the first half gave the Polar Bears (15-3) a 5-3 lead, but Trinity (17-1) then scored eight straight goals before Beecher scored with 11:53 remaining in the game.

Beecher and Lindsay Picard finished with three goals apiece for Bowdoin.

Clare Lyne and Karly Simpson each had three goals for Trinity, which has won five straight NESCAC titles.

Bowdoin received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and will host a second-round game at 1 p.m. Sunday against St. Joseph’s or Bridgewater State, who play a first-round game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bowdoin.

St. Joseph’s (17-1) earned an automatic bid by winning the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference title.


NCAA TOURNAMENT: Bates will make its first appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament and will play a first-round game at home Wednesday against Keene State.

The Bobcats (10-5) were an at-large selection despite losing to Amherst in the NESCAC semifinals. The Bates-Keene State winner will face either Tufts or Emmanuel in the second round.


ST. JOSEPH’S 6, BOWDOIN 0: Dan Meeken pitched eight innings of four-hit ball, and the Monks (25-15) shut down the Polar Bears (16-19) at Standish in Bowdoin’s final game of the season.

Meeken struck out six and walked one. Corey McNamara threw a 1-2-3 inning to finish the game.

Taylor Reuillard went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI, and Joe Coyne hit a two-run triple and scored twice.

NYIT 8, MAINE 6: Joe Daru and Louis Mele each hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the New York Institute of Technology (14-25) used the four-run rally to slip past the Black Bears (19-24) at Old Westbury, New York.

Scott Heath hit his fourth home run of the series in the fifth inning for Maine, and Brian Doran had a three-run shot in the same frame that put Maine up 6-3.

AMHERST SWEEPS COLBY: Jason Buco hit two home runs in his final collegiate game, but the Mules (20-13) fell twice to the Jeffs (22-11), 2-1 and 5-3 at Waterville.

John Cook pitched 6 2/3 innings of three-hit ball to get the win in the opener. Scott Goldberg pitched a four-hitter for Colby.

Buco homered in the first and eighth innings in Game 2.