April 6, 2011

Trinity Holds On vs. Wesleyan, Stays Unbeaten

from press release

HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior co-captain attacker Rachel Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H.) scored four goals and added an assist and two draw controls to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 12-10 win over the visiting New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Wesleyan University Cardinals in women’s lacrosse action this afternoon in a steady but light rain on Sheppard Field.  Trinity, ranked No. 4 in the nation, wins its fifth in a row over the Cardinals to improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the NESCAC, while the Wesleyan falls to 5-5 overall and 0-5 in the league.

With the game tied, 1-1, after nearly four minutes of play, the Bantams went on a 7-0 run to take an 8-1 lead with 6:13 left in the first half.  Romanowsky scored twice and assisted on a third goal during the run, including a quick catch and shot in traffic on a pass by junior midfielder Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) to cap off the spurt.  Wesleyan scored twice in the final minute before the break including a fastbreak tally by Hillary Cook (Carlisle, Mass.) that just beat the horn with 0.7 seconds on the clock to account for an 8-3 score at intermission.

The teams traded goals over the first half of the second stanza, before Wesleyan scored four times in the final 10 minutes to pull within a pair of goals at 12-10 with 1:09 remaining in regulation.  Four different Cardinals scored unassisted goals during the run including the final tally by Kaylin Berger (Farmington, Conn.), giving her four goals, all in the second half.  Berger controlled the draw after her last goal cut the Trinity lead to 12-10, and rushed the ball upfield to rookie teammate Blair Ingraham (Northport, N.Y.) who shot quick but was stopped by Bantam sophomore goalie Olivia Whitney (Danvers, Mass.) who had re-entered the game with 5:20 on the clock after playing the first half. Wesleyan got the ball back in the final minute, but Whitney made another save, and Trinity sophomore midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) caused a Cardinal turnover just to the left of the Bantam goal to end the threat.

Trinity sophomore attacker Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) recorded three goals, while Bruno finished with two goals, one assist, four ground balls, and four caused turnovers, and senior co-captain midfielder Alisen Urquhart (Redding Conn.) scored twice.  Whitney and junior goalie Gina Dinallo (West Hartford, Conn.) made three saves apiece, and Leonhard registered a game-high six ground balls and three caused turnovers.  Junior goalkeeper Maggie Drowica (Glen Head, N.Y.) notched 16 saves and added four ground balls in a stellar effort, while Cook, Jess Chukwu (Evanston, Ill.), and Lydia Kring (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored twice apiece for Wesleyan.

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