May 14, 2011

Duncan Saves Trinity, Downs Middlebury

from press release

- Sophomore attacker Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) scored all three of her goals in the last 8:26 of the game, including the game-tying goal with 35 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and the clincher with 44 seconds left in the first half of the extra period, to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 10-9 victory over the visiting Middlebury College Panthers in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Second Round this afternoon on Sheppard Field.

Trinity, ranked No. 2 in the nation, improves to a best-ever 18-0 and advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals tomorrow at 1 p.m. on Sheppard Field against the winner of this afternoon's Bowdoin/Stevens game at Trinity. Middlebury, ranked No. 14 nationally, closes its year with an 11-6 record.

Trinity, the only team to receive a bye in the 31-team tournament field, wins its third consecutive game over the Panthers, who had defeated Ithaca, 14-7, in the NCAA First Round on Wednesday. The Bantams advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fifth time and the second year in a row.

Trinity led, 6-3, at the break, including four first-half tallies by sophomore midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) and a goal by freshman attacker Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) on a free position with 37 seconds left before halftime. Middlebury burst out for four consecutive scores during a 4:22 span early in the second half, as senior midfielder Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) scored twice in less than a minute and fed junior teammates Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and Stephanie Gill (Hingham, Mass.) moments later to give the Panthers their first lead of the game at 7-6 with 16:25 left in the second half.

Middlebury nearly added to its lead at the 12:37, but Trinity sophomore goalie Olivia Whitney (Danvers, Mass.) made a key stop on a free position shot by Ryan. Bantam freshman Lyndsey Shepard (Hamilton, Mass.) picked up the ground ball and advanced it down the field, leading to a game-tying tally by senior co-captain attacker Rachel Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H.) on a wrap-around move behind the goal with 10:34 remaining.

Duncan scored her first goal of the game on a driving spin move in traffic to give Trinity an 8-7 lead with 8:26 left, but Ryan beat Whitney low on a free position and sophomore attacker Ellen Halle (Upperco, Md.) came from behind the goal to put Middlebury back ahead at 9-8 with 4:10 left to play.

Middlebury senior midfielder Hilary Walker (Denver, Colo.) won the ensuing draw and the Panthers held possession for over three minutes before a Panther turnover gave the Bantams the ball with 46 seconds on the clock. Duncan earned a free position and whipped the ball in past Panther junior goalie Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) to tie it at 9-9. Middlebury won the draw again and Ryan got a decent look from the right wing, but Whitney stopped her bouncing shot as the horn went off.

In overtime, Duncan used a similar spin move from her first goal to slice her way in from the left wing and shot past Nguyen to give Trinity a 10-9 lead. Bantam junior defender Elizabeth Beckler (Potomac, Md.) controlled the next draw, and Kusiak came up with the ball to start the second session, leaving Middlebury without a chance to tie the rest of the way.

Trinity held a 26-19 edge on shots but Middlebury won 14 of 23 draws. Duncan added an assist to tie Leonhard for the team lead with four points, while Kusiak scored twice, and Romanowsky finished with a pair of assists. Leonhard also paced Trinity with four draw controls and Whitney totaled five saves and two ground balls.

Ryan led all scorers with three goals and two assists, while Gill added a pair of goals, and a game-high five draw controls. Nguyen made nine stops and scooped three ground balls for the Panthers.

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