Women's Lacrosse With NESCAC Victory Over Trinity

April 18, 2009

Middlebury earned its second NESCAC win of the week on Kohn Field as the 10th ranked Panthers defeated #8 Trinity, 18-9. With the win, Middlebury has secured a home NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Sunday, April 26th at 12:00 p.m. The Panthers will wrap up their regular season at Williams next Friday, while Trinity hosts Amherst.

Middlebury outshot Trinity 38-16 in the game, including 21-6 in the first half. The Panthers took advantage of 30 Trinity turnovers in the contest, as Blair Bowie was forced to make just four saves en route to the win.

The Panthers wasted little time, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first 5:51 of the game. Chase Delano opened the scoring, before a pair of transition goals from Elizabeth Garry and Sally Ryan. Caitlin Irvine converted a free position to put the Bantams on the board at 23:36, before Dana Heritage and Garry found the back of the net to make it a 5-1 game. Jenn Calver converted a free position shot, followed by a goal from Rachel Romanowsky to keep the Bantams close at 5-3 with 18:10 remaining in the first half.

Middlebury took control of the game in the final 11:35 of the first half, scoring seven times to take a 12-3 lead into the intermission. Heritage and Chase Delano each scored twice during the run that ended with a free position goal by Heritage.

Trinity came out strong in the second half, scoring four of the first five goals to cut the lead to 13-7. Irvine scored three of the tallies, with the fourth coming from Jesse Schultz at the 16:33 mark. Ryan answered for the Panthers before Schultz converted a quick stick from Romanowsky to make it a 14-8 game with 9:34 left to play.

The Panthers closed the game on a 5-0 run to emerge with an 18-9 victory. Delano had an eight-point afternoon with six goals and two assists, while Heritage scored three times with four helpers. Ryan scored four goals with two assists, while Garry had a pair of goals. Ryan caused two turnovers, while Delano earned four draw controls.

Irvine led the Bantams with five goals, followed by Romanowsky and Schultz with two apiece. Stephanie Fisher made two saves in 20:25, while Gina Dinallo made eight stops of 39:35 minutes of relief. Liz Bruno was all over the field for Trinity, earning four ground balls, four draw controls and causing five turnovers.