March 21, 2012

Epic Comeback Squeezes No. 5 Trinity Past Catholic

from press release

– Trailing the Catholic University Cardinals, 13-8, with just under six minutes left in the game, the visiting Trinity College Bantams ended the contest with a six-goal spurt including the game-winner by junior attacker Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) with just two seconds on the clock. The Bantams, ranked No. 5 in the nation, improve to 4-0 with their 18th consecutive regular-season triumph, while the No. 18-ranked Cardinals fall to 2-4 with their second one-goal loss in four days.

The Bantams jumped out to a 5-0 lead, scoring the first five goals in a span of 11:35. Duncan, senior attacker Caite Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) and sophomore midfielder Kaitlin Reedy (Ipswich, Mass.) scored one goal apiece, and junior midfielder Megan Leonard (Summit, N.J.) added two scores during the run. Catholic got on the board for the first time at the 17:43 mark of the half when Katie Miller took a feed from Mary Robinson and found the back of the net with a tally that opened a 9-0 run by the Cardinals that lasted the remainder of the first half and into the second satnza.

Meghan Brady netted three goals during the spurt, Theresa Ciletti and Mary Swarthout scored twice and and Lauren Bernstein added one. Brady's goal at the 9:44 mark gave Catholic its first lead of the afternoon, while Ciletti's score with 6:20 on the clock sent the home team into intermission with a 7-5 advantage. Brady and Swarthout scored back-to-back goals for the Cardinals in the first seven minutes of the second to put Catholic in front, 9-5.

Reedy ended the Bantam scoring drought with a goal at the 19:23 mark to make it 9-6, but Ciletti responded with another Cardinals goal to up the lead to four. The Bantams answered with back-to-back scores to pull within 10-8 with 9:02 on the clock, but the Cardinals increased their lead to five with goals by Erin Fowler, Mallory Vogel and Swarthout.

With 5:55 left in the game, a Duncan goal with 5:19 to play made it 13-9 and sophomore attacker Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored at the 3:35 mark made it a three-goal spread. Duncan struck again with just over three minutes to play and senior co-captain midfielder Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) found the back of the net with 1:57 remaining to pull Trinity to within one at 13-12.

Catholic won the next draw control and was looking to run time off the clock, but Trinity rookie attacker Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) forced a turnover with 36 se3conds left to play. Bruno then tied the game at 13 apiece with a goal from Leonhard with 21 seconds left, proceeded to win the ensuing draw control. After a Cardinal foul, Duncan raced down the field and rifled a shot into the back of the net with just two ticks to play for a dramatic Bantam triumph.

Trinity out shot CUA 37-23, and the Bantams also led the ground-ball battle, 25-22. Swarthout and Kelly Neligan led the Cardinals in ground balls with six and five, respectively, while Swarthout's three caused turnovers were tops for CUA. Gabby Sena stopped 14 shots for Catholic in goal, while Trinity rookie keeper Bridget Kitchen (North Andover, Mass.) sent back five shots in her 39 minutes of relief work to earn the victory in her collegiate debut.

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