April 18, 2011

          In a battle of two of the nation’s top teams, Trinity held on for an 11-10 win over Middlebury on Kohn Field. The Bantams, ranked third nationally, improve to a perfect 11-0 overall and 7-0 in NESCAC play. The eighth-ranked Panthers drop to 7-4, 4-3 in the league with four losses in their last five games, all of them to teams 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. Senior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) opened the run with a bounce shot, followed by a tally from sophomore Ellen Halle (Upperco, Md.) and a quick-stick from Halle to junior Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.)

          Megan Leonhard and Rachel Romanowsky answered for the Bantams before Middlebury sophomore Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) scored a quick transition goal to give the Panthers a 6-5 lead at the intermission. 

          Alisen Urquhart scored driving to the goal 56 seconds into the second half, followed by a nice feed from Romanowsky to Hadley Duncan to give Trinity a 7-6 advantage with 26:17 remaining.

          Middlebury senior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) and Trinity’s Shea Kusiak 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 set a new Trinity record 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. Olivia Whitney made eight saves in goal to earn the win.

          Halle and Souther each scored three goals for Middlebury, while Ryan added a pair. Halle and Delano earned two assists apiece, while Ryan caused five turnovers. Junior goalkeeper Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) finished the game with seven saves for the Panthers.

          Amherst scored three of the game’s last four goals on its way to a 14-11 road win at #8 Middlebury on Wednesday.

          Amherst led 1-0 before the Panthers netted three straight in a 3:00 span to take a 3-1 lead at the 20:12 mark. The Jeffs returned the favor with three consecutive tallies, taking their first lead of the game on a free position shot from Annelies O’Dea with 6:34 left in the half. Ryan scored cutting to the goal and Delano followed with a goal on a restart to give Middlebury a 5-4 lead with just 2:25 remaining. Amherst answered late when Hillary Denson scored with just two ticks remaining to knot the game at 5-5 heading into the intermission. Both teams had just three saves at the break, with Lamia Harik coming on in relief of MC McClellan for the Jeffs 12:42 into the contest.

          Middlebury extended its lead to 7-5 early in the second half with a pair of goals from sophomore Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.), prompting an Amherst timeout. The Jeffs answered, running off four straight over a 3:23 span to take a 9-7 lead with 23:26 remaining. Marta Randall scored twice during the spurt, including a free position tally.

          The teams exchanged the next six goals, with Amherst holding a 12-10 lead with 12:32 left to play on Randall’s fifth of the game. Halle cut to the goal and scored with a high shot to the corner for Middlebury at the 11:19 mark, bringing the Panthers within one at 12-11. Randall scored her game-high sixth of the contest with 5:49 remaining, as the Jeffs were able to run out the clock and add an insurance goal from Kelley Trapp with 39 ticks left.

          Randall’s game-high six were aided by three from O’Dea and two each from Denson and Trapp. Harik finished the game with seven saves to pick up the win.

          Colbert paced the Panthers with three goals, followed by Delano and junior Lucy Jackson (Bronxsville, N.Y.) with two apiece. Colbert added six draw controls and Garry earned five as the Panthers held a 19-7 lead in the category. First-year player Hannah Deoul (Stevenson, Md.) caused a game-high four turnovers in the contest. Nguyen finished with four saves in 48:30, while rookie Alyssa Palomba (Shrewsbury, Mass.) saw 11:30 of action.
Women’s lacrosse record: 7-4
• Up next: 4/21 vs. Skidmore – 5:00, 4/23 @ Tufts