March 26, 2011

No. 5 Trinity Prevails Against No. 7 Colby

from press release

– Sophomore Megan Leonard (Summit, N.J.) and sophomore Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) tallied three goals apiece and provided heroics as the Trinity College Bantams came back to beat the Colby College Mules, 11-9, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this morning at the United State Training Center. Trinity improves to 5-0 on the year and 3-0 in the NESCAC, while Colby falls to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the league with their first loss of the season.

It looked like it was going to be a long day for the Bantams, who quickly fell into a hole as Colby took a 4-0 lead in the opening nine minutes of action. Senior co-captain Rachel Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H.) started and ended a five goal rally by the Bantams, sandwiched by two scores from Leonard, and a goal by senior co-captain Alison Urquhart (Reading, Conn.). Colby responded with two goals to end the half to regain the lead, holding a 6-5 advantage.

The Mules opened the second half the same way they started it, with two goals, building an 8-5 lead. Trinity responded with two goals to cut the Colby lead to 8-7, but Colby would score once again, taking a 9-7 advantage. Back-to-back goals by Duncan and first-year Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) knotted the score at 9-9 with 10:04 remaining in the game.

Intensity levels elevated for both teams, Trinity responded to the call, as Leonard netted the eventual game-winning goal with 3:53 on the clock. Colby had two key opportunities to tie the score again, but Trinity sophomore goalkeeper Olivia Whitney (Danvers, Mass.) came up with two clutch stops to protect the Bantam lead. Colby had one final scoring opportunity in the waning seconds, but the attack reversed course, and Duncan put the game away for good, scoring a goal with :03 seconds remaining on the clock.

Whitney finished the game with eight saves, including seven in a standout second half, while Colby senior goalkeeper Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Conn.) recorded seven saves for the Mules. Senior Casey Thomas (Needham, Mass.) scored two goals to lead Colby on the offensive end, while junior Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) tallied a goal and an assist for the Mules.

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