April 6, 2013

Hildebrand and No. 1 Trinity Topple Bowdoin

from press release

Brunswick, Maine - The top-ranked Trinity College Bantam women's lacrosse team used a seven-goal run in the first half to take command on their way to a 13-5 win over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action this afternoon. The Bantams remain unbeaten at 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the NESCAC, while the No. 9-ranked Polar Bears fall for just the second time this season and stand at 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the league. Defendign NCAA Champion Trinity has a 16-game winning streak.

Senior attacker Kaitlin Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) scored four times for the Bantams while junior attacker Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.), senior tri-captain midfielder Meagan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) and first-year midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) added two goals each. Bowdoin was led by two goals and two assists from Carolyn Gorajek.

Jordan Smith scored the game's first goal and put the Polar Bears ahead 1-0 just 1:19 into the game. But Trinity answered with a seven-goal surge, with Leonhard and Hildebrand accounting for two goals each in the run. Betsy Sachs got one back for Bowdoin with 2:54 remaining in the frame to cut the lead to 7-2, but Griffin and Hildebrand added late scores before intermission to give the visitors at 9-2 lead at the break. Trinity extended its lead to 13-3 before two late Bowdoin goals made it a 13-5 final.

Bowdoin received a valiant effort in net from Tara Connolly, who stopped 15 shots. First-year backstop Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) made five saves for Trinity, who held a 34-12 advantage in shots. Bowdoin committed 23 turnovers in the game and went 12-17 in clears. Defensively, Bowdoin was led by five caused turnovers from Erica Nangeroni as well as two caused turnovers and four ground balls from Clare McLaughlin. Trinity received three ground balls and three draw controls from Leonhard in the win. 

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