Women's Lacrosse Falls At Top-Ranked Trinity

April 13, 2013

Shea Kusiak scored with 1:54 left in the game to break a 9-9 tie and lead Trinity to a 10-9 victory over Middlebury on Robin Sheppard Field.  The top-ranked Bantams improve to 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the NESCAC, while #3 Middlebury (10-1, 7-1) suffers its first loss of the season.

Trinity got off to a fast start, as Hadley Duncan scored two goals within the first five minutes. Middlebury’s Emma Kramer answered with a goal before Bantam Kaitlin Hildebrand netted two more to put Trinity up 4-1.  Trinity built up a 7-3 lead in the first half, but Liza Herzog scored with 2:11 left in the period to cut the Trinity lead to 7-4 heading into intermission.

Trinity opened the second half with a goal and Middlebury responded, before Trinity answered to go up 9-5 on a score from Molly Cox with 17:28 left.  Middlebury’s Alice Pfeifer responded with back-to-back goals to cut the Trinity lead to 9-7 with 8:15 left. Kramer then followed up with two goals of her own, the second of which came on a wide open look at the net to tie the game at 9-9.

After a Trinity timeout, Martha Griffin rifled a shot to the bottom left corner of the net with less than three minutes on the clock, but Middlebury goalie Alyssa Palomba made a clutch kick save to keep the game tied.

With 1:54 remaining in the game, Hildebrand made a perfect pass to a streaking Kusiak, who caught the ball in front of the net and fired it in the back of the net, which proved to be the game-winning goal for the Bantams.

Hildebrand, Duncan, Coz, and Meghan Leonhard scored two goals apiece for Trinity, and Hildebrand also added a pair of assists.  Kramer scored three goals and Pfeifer scored two to lead the Panthers.  Trinity’s Olivia Whitney made four saves to earn the win in net, while Palomba finished with six saves in net for Middlebury.