No. 3 Trinity Women’s Lacrosse Survives No. 18 Hamilton to Remain Undefeated
Hartford, Conn. – Junior midfielder Megan Leonhard
(Summit, N.J.) broke a 6-6 tie with 10:30 remaining in the
game, scoring back-to-back goals to lead the Trinity College
Bantams to an 8-7 win over the visiting Hamilton College
Continentals in New England Small College Athletic Conference
(NESCAC) women’s lacrosse action this afternoon on Sheppard
Field. Trinity, ranked No. 3 in the nation, improves to 13-0
overall and 9-0 in the NESCAC with its 27th consecutive
regular-season victory, while the No. 18-ranked Continentals drop
to 6-8 overall and 4-6 in the league.
Trinity grabbed an early 5-1 lead, highlighted by two goals by junior Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.), who finished with three scores in the game. With 4:17 remaining in the first half, Hamilton began to surge, capping the period with a goal by senior Ashley Allen (South Portland, Maine) at 4:17 and another by junior Mariah Monks (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) at 2:07, cutting the Trinity lead to 5-3 at the midway point.
The Continentals picked up where they left off in the second half, scoring two goals to open the period, tying the game at 5-5. With 12:13 remaining, and momentum in favor of Hamilton, junior Rachel Friedman (Fairfield, Conn.) silenced the home crowd with a juke move in front of the Trinity goal, before burying a shot in the right corner to give the Continentals their first lead of the game, 6-5. Trinity had not trailed in a game since one month ago today, when Catholic University led the Bantams 13-8, before Trinity came back to score six unanswered goals in the final 5:18, winning the game on a goal by Duncan with two seconds on the clock.
Duncan came up with more heroics today, scoring her third goal of the contest, to tie the game at 6-6 with 11:37 on the clock, shifting momentum back in favor of the home team. Leonard followed that up with a goal at 10:30, and another at 9:37, which would prove to be significant. With time winding down, Hamilton senior Libby Shultz (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) netted her second goal of the game at 1:04, to keep Hamilton’s hopes alive, and cut the Trinity lead to 8-7. Trinity won the ensuing draw control, and managed to run the clock down, escaping with their winning streak intact.
Trinity hosts Amherst College (10-3, 6-3 NESCAC), ranked no. 10 in the country, on Wed., April 24, under the lights on Robin Sheppard Field at 7 p.m., in the regular season finale.