No. 4 Trinity (CT) Knocked by No. 12 Tufts

Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore midfielder Casey Egan (Massapequa, N.Y.) had two goals, including the gamewinner, and one assist to lead the visiting Tufts University Jumbos to a 11-9 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this afternoon on Sheppard Field.

The Bantams, ranked No. 4 in the nation, drop to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the NESCAC, while the Jumbos, ranked No. 12 nationally, improve to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the league with their sixth win in a row.

The teams traded goals first 20 minutes of the game, before Tufts took control with a four-goal spurt late in the first half and early in the second half and held its lead to the final horn. Egan opened the 4-0 run on a goal from sophomore attacker Laura Kozin (Suffern, N.Y.) with 8:38 remaining before intermission, and Emily Johnson scored 3:55 before the half to give the visitors a 10-8 advantage at the break.

After two more Jumbo scores over the first 10 minutes of the second half, freshman attacker Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) broke the Bantam scoring drought with an unassisted goal with 19:46 left that ignited a 3-0 Trinity run.

Trinity junior midfielder Rachel Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H.) notched her third and fourth assists of the game with passes to freshman Kaitlin Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) and junior attacker Caitlin Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) to cut the Tufts lead to 8-7 with 11:21 left, but Jumbo sophomore midfielder Steph Perez (East Providence, R.I.) registered back-to-back tallies after the 10-minute mark to push the Tufts back to three.

Hildebrand and Romanowsky scored late goals to bring Trinity back within a goal with 3:42 remaining, but Kozin stole the ball in the Bantam defensive area and beat Trinity sophomore goalie Gina Dinallo (West Hartford, Conn.) for an insurance goal at the 2:29 mark.

Trinity won the ensuing draw with a chance to tie the game, but an offensive foul call on the Bantams gave possession back to Tufts. Trinity sophomore Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) stole the ball back, but with just 10 seconds remaining the Bantams were out of time.

Hildebrand and Irvine finished with three goals apiece, while Romanowsky had a goal and four assists, and Leonhard scored twice for the Bantams. Bruno picked up a game-high seven ground balls, and Dinallo made 13 saves. Johnson paced Tufts with three goals, while Kozin had a goal and two assists, and senior co-captain Jenna Abelli (Framingham, Mass.) added one goal and one assist. Junior Sara Bloom (Summit, N.J.) stopped 10 shots in the Jumbo goal.


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