No. 8 Trinity Sails by No. 7 Stevens to Advance in NCAAs

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Gettysburg College and Trinity (Conn.) College set out on a collision course for Sunday's NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Regional Championship with a pair of dominating performances on Saturday at Clark Field. The Bullets ran past Babson College 18-5, while the Bantams did the same to Stevens Institute of Technology 17-8.

In Saturday's second game, Trinity taught No. 7 Stevens (17-3) a lesson on taking care of the ball. The Bantams held the Ducks empty on their first five clear attempts, while putting in the game's first two scores by Liz Bruno and Megan Leonhard.

Stevens turned in the next goal as Spencer Waybright found the net at 20:11, but Trinity came right back with the next three goals, including back-to-back tallies by Kaitlin Hildebrand and Haley Thompson just 49 seconds apart to jump ahead 5-1 at 12:56.

The Bantams won eight of 10 draws in the first period to maintain possession and keep at least a three-goal lead for the rest of the half. After netting the final goal of the period to take a 7-3 lead at the break, Trinity tossed in the first two of the second half to put up the largest margin of the afternoon at 9-3 with 27:43 to play.

Stevens attempted a comeback with a pair of goals by Leah Wasserman and Michelle Buonacuore to pull to 9-5, but the Bantams ran away with the next five goals and never looked back.

Trinity's defensive pressure forced Stevens into 17 turnovers, 11 of which came on the Ducks' clear attempts. The Bantams also dominated play off the draw, corralling 20 of 26 draw controls on the day.

Alisen Urquhart, Caitlin Irvine, Kristin Phelps and Leonhard each posted three goals, with Urquhart adding an assist for a four-point afternoon. Liz Bruno tacked on two goals and one assist, while Sarah Remes posted one goal and two helpers. Stephanie Fihser picked up the win by making a trio of saves in goal.

Jenna Scheibling and Waybright each posted two scores for Stevens and Alyssa Pigott managed one goal and three assists. Shannon McFadden took the loss in goal, despite stopping eight shots.

2010-05-15



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