Leonard Nets Five to Lead #6 Trinity Past Union

SCHENECTADY, NY -- Junior Megan Leonard tallied a game-best five goals to lead Trinity to a 13-7 victory over Union in non-conference action at Frank Bailey Field. With the win, the 6th-ranked Bantams improve to 3-0, while the Dutchwomen drop to 0-2 on the young season.

Trinity opened the game's scoring quickly in the first half as senior Caite Irvine tallied on the free position, while rookie Caroline Hayes made it a 2-0 advantage with 26:32 left to play. Union battled back minutes later as freshman Emily McGrail and junior Brittany Fraser each hammered in free position tallies to make it 2-2 at the 17:27 mark.

Irvin pulled the visitors ahead less than two minutes later for a 3-2 advantage and the Bantams pushed it to a three-goal (5-2) lead with 9:25 left in the half. Despite the disadvantage, Union continued to fight in the offensive zone and the hard work paid off over the final seven minutes as tallies from junior Heather Fraser, senior Tory Arnold and McGrail made it a 5-5 game.

Trinity, which held a 17-7 shot advantage through the first 30 minutes, gained the upper hand with four minutes remaining as Hayes converted a shot from sophomore Shea Kusiak for a 6-5 lead at halftime.

In the second half of action, the Bantams controlled the pace right from the start, scoring five straight goals to build an 11-5 advantage. Leading the charge was junior Hadley Duncan, who recorded three tallies, including two back-to-back.

Union cut it to 11-6 with 11:10 left to play as junior Tory Cameron connected off a pass from McGrail in front, but Leonard cemented the Trinity victory late with a pair of goals. In addition to Leonard, Duncan and Hayes added three goals each, while junior Haley Thompson had three assists for Trinity. In goal, junior Olivia Whitney improved to 3-0, stopping five shots.

For Union, McGrail finished with three goals and an assist, while four others added a goal each. Between the pipes, freshman Kim Grinhaus made 10 saves to move to 0-1 on the season.

The Dutchwomen return to the field Wednesday when they open their spring trip in Florida against Williams (9:00 am). Union is back at home on March 30 in its Liberty League opener against Bard at Frank Bailey Field (4:00 pm).


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