No. 1 Bantams Win 15th in a Row over No. 15 Tufts

Hartford, Conn. - Senior tri-captain midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) had four goals, one assist, two ground balls and four draw controls to lead the Trinity Bantams to a 13-4 victory over the visiting Tufts Jumbos in NESCAC) action this afternoon on Sheppard Field.

Reigning NCAA Division III Champion Trinity, ranked No. 1 in the nation, extends its winning streak to 15 games while improving to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the NESCAC. No. 15-ranked Tufts drops to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the league.

The game was never in doubt, as Trinity led, 8-0, at halftime and, 10-0, early in the second stanza before Tufts senior co-captain attacker Kerry Eaton (Norfolk, Mass.) scored 6:40 after the break. Leonhard scored the first goal of the game 33 seconds after the opening draw and added three more tallies over the next 20 minutes.

First-year goalie Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) had three first-half saves and allowed just one goal in 43:47 of play to record the win in the Bantam goal. Trinity senior attacker Kaitlin Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) answered the first Tufts goal with the second of her three second-half goals, and the Bantams scored twice more before yielding three Jumbo goals in the last seven minutes.

Trinity finished with a 28-10 shot advantage and a 24-17 edge on ground balls, while forcing 34 turnovers. Bantam junior attacker Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) joined Leonhard and Hildebrand as multiple-goal scorers with a pair, while senior attacker Haley Thompson (Ipswich, Mass.) added a goal and an assist.

Trinity senior defender Hillary McNamara (Milton, Mass.) and junior defender Lyndsey Shepard (Hamilton, Mass.) notched three ground balls and two caused turnovers apiece, while senior tri-captain defender Mallory Hinman (Longmeadow, Mass.) had two ground balls and three caused turnovers, and sophomore goalie Bridget Kitchen (North Andover, Mass.) finished the game with one save in 16-plus minutes.

Eaton paced the Jumbos with two goals and one assist, while junior midfielder Kate Applegate (Chadds Ford, Pa.) scooped a game-high six ground balls and caused four turnovers, and senior Tess Shapanka (Sudbury, Mass.) made 12 Tufts saves in goal.


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