#5 Trinity Downs #11 Middlebury for First Time Since 1989

Hartford, Conn. - Junior midfielder Rachel Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H.) had three goals and an assist to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 12-8 victory over the visiting Middlebury College Panthers in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this afternoon on Sheppard Field.

The Bantams, ranked No. 5 in the nation, improve to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the NESCAC with their second win in a row and their first over the Panthers in the last 20 meetings between the teams. Trinity's last win against Middlebury was a 7-6 triumph in 1989 and the Bantams are now 8-19 all-time against the Panthers. Middlebury, ranked No. 11 nationally, drops to 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the league with their third consecutive loss.

Trinity jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first seven minutes, as freshman Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) opened the scoring with a free-position goal 41 seconds into the contest and Romanowsky assisted classmate Caitlin Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) on a goal 22 seconds later before scoring her first of the day at the 27:25 mark.

Junior midfielder Alisen Urquhart (Redding, Conn.) scored twice in the next 10 minutes to help the Bantams to an 8-2 advantage with 2:30 left before the break. Middlebury senior tri-captain attacker Dana Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.) scored the first of her three tallies to cut the Trinity lead to 8-3 with two minutes remaining in the first half, but Leonhard converted the fifth Bantam free-position opportunity in six tries of the first half with 59 seconds on the clock.

Irvine scored on yet another free position 1:06 into the second half, but was answered by Heritage at the 25:12 mark. Trinity midfielder Sarah Remes (Silver Spring, Md.), one of five Bantam seniors playing in her final regular-season home game, and Romanowsky each scored goals to give the Bantams their biggest lead at 12-4 with 16:48 on the clock.

Middlebury then rattled off four unanswered scores to pull back within four at 12-8 with 5:50 left in the game. Panther junior midfielder Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) assisted freshman attacker Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) on the first goal of the spurt at the 14:20 mark, and scored the second on a free position with 6:32 left to play. Souther fed Heritage on a goal 11 seconds later, and freshman Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.) found sophomore Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) for a goal 31 seconds after that.

Middlebury won the ensuing draw, but Trinity sophomore goalie Gina Dinallo (West Hartford, Conn.) stopped Souther on a one-on-one chance and took possession of the ball. Trinity successfully maintained possession for the final 5:21 of the game to squelch the Panther rally.

Dinallo finished with nine saves and three ground balls, while classmate Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) collected four ground balls and caused three turnovers for Trinity. Ryan finished with three goals and one assist, while senior tri-captain defender Catherine Gotwal (Alexandria, Va.) picked up a game-high five ground balls, and sophomore netminder Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) made 14 saves in the Middlebury goal.


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