Martha Griffin '16. Photo by Betsy Carothers
Martha Griffin. Photo by


The Trinity College women’s lacrosse team, coached by Katy Dissinger, finished the 2016 campaign with a 19–4 overall record and qualified for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament as the top seed for the seventh year in a row. The Bantams defeated Williams 18–4 and Bates 14–3 in the first two rounds but lost 10–7 against Middlebury in the league finals. Trinity qualified for its 12th NCAA Division III Championship Tournament and its seventh in a row, defeating Ithaca 11–8, Mary Washington 13–5, and College of New Jersey 11–6 to win its regional tournament and downed Franklin and Marshall 6–2 in the NCAA Semifinals before falling against Middlebury 9–5 in the finals. Senior co-captain midfielder Martha Griffin was named as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Offensive Player of the Year, the NESCAC Player of the Year, and the Trinity College Senior Female Athlete of the Year (Trinity Club of Hartford Trophy) this spring. Griffin and senior co-captain defender Ashley Stewart were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III All-American First Team, while junior attacker Clare Lyne graced the IWLCA All-American Second Team. Griffin was an All-ECAC First Team selection, Stewart made the All-ECAC Second Team, and all three All-Americans were All-NESCAC First Team and IWLCA Division III All-Berkshire Region First Team honorees. Griffin, Stewart, and senior goalkeeper Emily Mooney were additionally selected for and played in the IWLCA North/South Senior All-Star Game, and Griffin received MVP honors in the game with two goals and four draw controls. Griffin also excelled in the classroom and was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District At-Large First Team and became the first Bantam lacrosse player to grace the CoSIDA Academic All-American Team. Griffin was selected to the Academic All-American Third Team, one of five women’s lacrosse Academic All-Americans.


Trinity’s men’s lacrosse team, coached by Mike Higgins, finished with a 5–10 overall record and in ninth place in the NESCAC with a 2–8 league mark. Senior captain attackman Ryan DeSimone was selected for the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) 2016 East-West All-Star Game.