March 19, 2011

No. 6 Trinity Makes Early Lead Hold Up

from press release

- The sixth-ranked Trinity College women's lacrosse team jumped out to an 8-1 lead but had to stave off a furious rally by 15th-ranked Bowdoin in an 8-7 victory on Saturday afternoon. The Bantams improve to 3-0 (2-0 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears drop their first game of the season and fall to 2-1 (1-1 NESCAC).

Trinity's Rachel Romanowsky had three goals and three assists to lead all scorers while Megan Leonhard added two goals and three assists for the Bantams. Bowdoin was paced by four scores from Liz Clegg and a pair of scores from Chelsea Albright.

Romanowsky and Leonhard had a hand in every Trinity goal as the visitors sprinted to an 8-1 lead just 19:16 into the contest. Bowdoin cut into the lead shortly before intermission thanks to a pair of scores by Liz Clegg, but still trailed 8-3 at intermission.

Behind a 10-save second-half effort from Tara Connolly, the Polar Bears held the Bantams scoreless in the second period, setting the stage for a late comeback. Bowdoin scored three times in a 4:23 span, including two more from Clegg and a free-position goal by Katy Dissinger, to make it 8-7 with 11:36 remaining. But the Polar Bears could not find the equalizer, despite having a trio of great chances in the closing seconds.

Olivia Whitney stopped six shots for Trinity, who held a 24-18 shot advantage. Leonhard also collected six ground balls and forced two turnovers for the Bantams. Dissinger won three draw controls and forced three turnovers for Bowdoin, who also received three caused turnovers and three groundballs from Molly Paduda.

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