No. 3 Trinity Holds on to Beat No. 8 Middlebury
from press release
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – In a battle of two of the nation’s top teams, the visiting Trinity College Bantams held on for an 11-10 win over the Middlebury College Panthers in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action on Kohn Field this afternoon. The Bantams, ranked No. 3 nationally, improve to a perfect 11-0 overall and 7-0 in NESCAC play with its third consecutive win by a single goal. The No. 8-ranked Panthers drop to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the league with four losses in their last five games, all of them to team ranked in the top 20. The back and forth contest featured seven lead changes, including 9-9 with 17:35 left to play.
Trailing, 3-2, Middlebury scored three straight goals beginning at the 15:04 mark to take a 5-3 advantage. Sally Ryan opened the run with a bounce shot, followed by a tally from Ellen Halle and a quick-stick from Halle to Elizabeth Garry. Sophomore midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J) and senior co-captain attacker Rachel Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H. answered for the Bantams before Middlebury’s Margaret Souther scored a quick transition goal to give the Panthers a 6-5 lead at the intermission.
Senior co-captain midfielder Alisen Urquhart (Redding, Conn.) scored driving to the goal 56 seconds into the second half, followed by a nice feed from Romanowsky to sophomore atta cker Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) to give Trinity a 7-6 advantage with 26:17 remaining. Middlebury’s Chase Delano and Trinity rookie attacker Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mas.) exchanged free position goals, before Urquart scored her second of the day with a curl around the crease, giving Trinity a 9-7 lead with 19:48 remaining. Halle answered for the Panthers with a pair of goals in 1:17 to knot the game at 9-9 at the 17:35 mark. Romanowsky found Leonhard at 11:30 and again at 9:32, lifting Trinity to an 11-9 lead. Souther scored her third of the game for Middlebury, dodging a defender to make it a one-goal game with 8:36 remaining. The Panthers had the ball with less than a minute remaining, but were unable to tie the game after a shot sailed high and a second attempt hit a defender, leaving the Bantams with an 11-10 win.
Romanowsky tied a Trinity record (Ashley Taylor in 2001) and set a personal best with six assists, finding Leonhard and Duncan three times apiece. Duncan owned a game-high four goals in the game, to go along with Leonhard’s three. Trinity sophomore Olivia Whitney (Danvers, Mass.) made eight saves in goal to earn the win. Halle and Souther each scored three goals for Middlebury, while Sally Ryan added a pair. Halle and Delano earn two assists apiece, while Ryan caused five turnovers. Lily Nguyen finished the game with seven saves for the Panthers.