#5 Trinity Upended by #15 Williams in NESCAC Semifinals

Hartford, Conn. - Freshman attacker Sam Weinstein (Marblehead, Mass.) scored three goals, including the game-winner with 6:31 left in the game, and junior goalie Julia Schreiber (Cockeysville, Md.) made 14 saves to lead the visiting Williams College Ephs to an 11-10 victory over the top-seeded Trinity College Bantams in the semifinal round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament this afternoon on Sheppard Field.

The Bantams, ranked No. 5 in the nation, fall to 13-3 and expect to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament when they are announced on Sunday evening. No. 7-seeded Williams, ranked No. 15 nationally, will play the winner of today's other NESCAC Semifinal game between Amherst College and Colby College tomorrow at noon on Sheppard Field.

Williams improves to 11-6, avenging a 12-5 loss at Trinity on April 3 and ending Trinity's NESCAC Championship run with a road win in Hartford for the third time in the last four years. Williams knocked off Trinity, 15-13, in the NESCAC First Round last spring and came back from an 11-5 deficit in the second half to win at Trinity, 14-13, in overtime in 2007.

Trinity held a 9-4 lead with 23:14 left in the game, when Williams scored seven unanswered goals over the next 18 minutes to take an 11-9 lead with 5:15 on the clock. Eph freshman midfielder Nicolle Perry (Yorktown, N.Y.) ignited the spurt with a goal from sophomore midfielder Meera Sivalingam (Philadelphia Pa.) at the 22:46 mark, and Williams senior Alice Nelson (Hanover, N.H.) tallied 12 seconds later off the ensuing draw.

Weinstein scored twice during the run, both on free position shots that she hurled over the left shoulder of Bantam sophomore netminder Gina Dinallo (West Hartford, Conn.). Sivalingam one-timed the game-tying goal quickly past Dinallo at after a pass from the right side by sophomore Kaitlin Ellis (Darien, Conn.), and Weinstein's second goal of the run followed more than seven minutes later.

After Williams' final goal was scored by sophomore attacker Margie Fulton (Wellesley, Mass.), Bantam senior tri-captain midfielder Sarah Remes (Silver Spring, Md.) broke a 19:51 second scoring drought for Trinity, knifing through the Williams defense for a goal with 3:23 left, but the Ephs won the draw and kept the ball for the remainder of the contest.

Trinity used a 4-0 run to take a 5-2 lead 13 minutes into the game, as five different Bantams scored with two goals coming on feeds from Remes. The teams traded goals over the final 15 minutes of the first half, closing with a score by Bantam senior Kristin Phelps (Sudbury, Mass.) that gave Trinity a 7-4 advantage at the break. Junior midfielder Alisen Urquhart (Redding, Conn.) and Phelps added two more Bantam goals early in the second half, before Williams began its comeback.

Trinity lost despite outshooting the Ephs, 34-18, and holding a 20-to-13 edge on ground balls and a 15-to-8 advantage on the draw. Schreiber was stellar on shots from close and free position, helping the Eph defense hold the Bantams to two goals on 13 free-position tries. Williams took advantage of its free positions, converting on all four opportunities, and benefitted from 35 Trinity fouls and seven Bantam yellow cards.

Bantam freshman attacker Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) joined Phelps with two goals and added four draw controls, while senior tri-captain attacker Jenn Calver (Barnard, Vt.) added one goal and one assist to go with her team-high four ground balls. Junior Caitlin Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) scored once with four draw controls, while sophomore Elizabeth Beckler (Potomac, Md.) collected three caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Dinallo finished with four saves. Fulton and Williams senior co-captain attacker Whitney Thayer (Lancaster, Pa.) scored twice apiece, while senior attacker Tina Nawrocki (Winchester, England) assisted on three goals, and Ellis recorded two assists, three ground balls, and three caused turnovers.


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