Women's Lacrosse Earns Win At Trinity

April 12, 2008

Sally Ryan scored the game-winning goal with 5:32 left in the game and goalie Blair Bowie made 21 saves to lead visiting Middlebury to a 13-11 win over Trinity in NESCAC women's lacrosse action this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 11 in the nation, falls to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the NESCAC with its first loss in three games, while the Panthers, ranked No. 7 nationally, improve to 7-2 overall and remain perfect in the league at 7-0 with their fourth straight victory.

Trinity opened up a 10-6 lead with 13:28 left to play on the fifth tally of the game by freshman attacker Caitlin Irvine, but the Panthers closed the game with a 7-1 run including six goals over the next 11 minutes to take the lead for the first time since early in the first half. Middlebury possessed the ball for all of the final 5:32 of the game, except for one short stretch after a point blank save by Michelle Smith with just over two minutes on the clock. Smith passed the ball up to Kristina Scontras , who advanced the ball into Panther territory only to be swarmed by three Middlebury defenders before losing the ball.

Trinity trailed 3-1, early but rattled off four goals in seven minutes to take a 5-3 lead with 8:46 remaining before the break. The Panthers scored two in a row to tie the contest at 5-5 with 1:37 on the clock, but Irvine answered 13 seconds later to give Trinity a one-goal advantage at intermission. Irvine scored two of four Bantam goals that gave the home team a 10-6 lead, before Middlebury began its comeback with the first of three scores in the second half by senior co-captain Katherine Entwistle.

Smith matched Bowie in the cage with 21 saves, while Rachel Romanowsky scored twice and added four draw controls, and Jenn Calver provided a goal and an assist off the bench.

Dana Heritage paced the Panthers with five goals, while Ryan and fellow rookie Chase Delano each added a goal and an assist. Taylor Brown gave Middlebury the possession edge with seven draw controls.