No. 3 Trinity Outguns Wesleyan to Stay Unbeaten at 12-0

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (April 17) - Trinity (12-0, 8-0 NESCAC), ranked third nationally in Division III, moved a step closer to its second straight undefeated regular season by defeating in-state NESCAC rival Wesleyan (5-8, 1-7) on the road here tonight, 17-10.

A year ago, Trinity went unbeaten during the regular season, went 3-0 in NESCAC tournament play to claim the crown, then suffered its only defeat of the year in the NCAA Division III tournament quarterfinals against Bowdoin.

Trinity has two regular-season games left in 2012 before entering NESCAC post-season play, the first of which comes up Sat., April 21 at home against 18th-ranked Hamilton. Wesleyan hits the field Saturday as well, hosting 14th-ranked Tufts.

Trinity jumped out to a 3-0 lead just 2:57 into the contest and never looked back as Wesleyan never possessed the ball during the first three minutes. Scoring for Trinity were senior Liz Bruno on a free-position shot, freshman Caroline Hayes off a pass from Bruno and junior Megan Leonhard unassisted with a high shot.

Leonhard went on to make it a seven-point day with four goals and three assists to pace the powerful Trinity attack which has scored at least 11 goals in each game played this season. Leonhard moved into second place on the Bantams in scoring with 37 points, just ahead of senior Caitlin Irvine, who has 36 points after scoring twice tonight.

Top is junior Hadley Duncan, who also had a pair of goals to give her 41 points on the year, 39 of them goals. Bruno upped her seasonal total to 30 points with two goals and three assist against Wesleyan.

Though Wesleyan ended Trinity's opening scoring run at three when junior Kayla Ellman netted the first of her three goals for the Cardinals at 25:37 of the first half, Trinity put home three of the next four for a 6-2 bulge and made it an 8-4 game at halftime.

A 4-0 burst to start the second half with Leonhard factoring in on three of them with two goals and an assist, upped the Bantam edge to 12-4 with 21:32 to play. Wesleyan got no close than six (15-9, 6:50 left) the rest of the way.

Also scoring three times for Wesleyan was junior Kaylin Berger as both she and Ellman had a four-point effort as each added an assist. They rank one-two in scoring for the Cardinals as Ellman has 35 points and Berger 28.

Senior goalie Maggie Drowica stopped 10 shots for Wesleyan over the course of the game. Trinity split the game between freshman Bridget Kitchen, who made three saves in the first half, and junior Olivia Whitney, who also made three stops minding the net for the final 30 minutes.

2012-04-17



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