No. 4 Trinity Uses Early 7-0 Run to Down Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Wed., April 7, 2010) -- After yielding the game's opening goal to host Wesleyan, Trinity, ranked fourth nationally in Division III, scored the next seven goals, which included a natural hat trick by junior Caitlin Irvine, and closed out the first half with an 11-3 cushion. Wesleyan got no closer than seven in the second period while Trinity enjoyed as much as an 11-goal advantage before settling for a 16-8 NESCAC decision.

Irvine, who came into the game with 14 points over the Bantams' first seven games, added eight points to her totals as she closed out the contest with six goals and two assists to pace the Trinity attack. First-years Megan Leonhard and Kaitlin Hildebrand each added a hat trick for the winners while senior Jennifer Calver also had a three-point game with two goals and a helper. Trinity's point leader, junior Rachel Romanowsky, improved her seasonal totals to 19 goals and eight assists with one of each during the outing.

Wesleyan was led by junior Allie Lynch, who had a goal and three assists in upper her team-leading scoring to 31 points (five goals, 26 assists). Junior Jess Chukwu hit the twine twice for Wesleyan, giving her a team-best 21 goals.

Each team scored exactly half its goals from free-position shots with Calver, Irvine and Hildebrand each netting a pair of FP goals while Romanowsky and Leonhard had one apiece. Both of Chukwu's goals, one early in each half, were of the FP kind while first-year Sara Mendelson and sophomore Liz Chabot accounted for the other two FP goals for the Cardinals.

Wesleyan goalie sophomore Maggie Drowica notched nine stops in the contest. Sophomore starter Stephanie Fisher made four saves for Trinity in the opening 52 minutes with six goals against before giving way to reserve Olivia Whitney, who added one more while allowing the final two Cardinal scores.

Both teams have NESCAC games coming up for the weekend as Wesleyan hosts Colby Sat., April 10 and Trinity puts its unblemished mark on the line at home against 12th-ranked Tufts the same day.


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