No. 9 Bantams Breeze Past Bowdoin, 14-9
from press release
HARTFORD, Conn. - Junior attacker Caitlin Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) tallied four goals and one assist to lead the Trinity College Bantams over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this afternoon on Sheppard Field, 14-9.
The Bantams, ranked No. 9 in the nation, improve to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the NESCAC, while Polar Bears fall to 1-3 with their third defeat in a row by an opponent ranked among the nation's top ten teams.
Sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Fisher (Brunswick, Maine) and the Bantam defense kept Bowdoin scoreless until 4:09 into the second half, as Fisher totaled seven of her 10 saves before the break. Irvine, junior midfielder Rachel Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H.) and freshman midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) each scored two of Trinity's eight goals in the first half.
Trinity increased its advantage to 9-0 on a free-position goal by senior attacker Kristin Phelps (Sudbury, Mass.) in the opening minutes of the second stanza, before Bowdoin sophomore Elizabeth Clegg (Hudson, Ohio) broke the drought with a free-position tally at the 25:51 mark. After two scores by Irvine and another by Leonhard, Bowdoin rallied to scored five unanswered goals, including a pair by sophomore midfielder McKenna Teague (Cohasset, Mass.) to cut the Trinity lead to 12-6 with eight minutes on the clock.
Phelps ended a 12:21 Bantam scoring drought with 7:13 left in the contest and scored again at the 2:07 after neither team could put any points up for a 5:06 stretch. Bowdoin ended the game with three goals in the final two minutes to account for the 14-9 final.
Phelps matched Irvine with four goals, while Leonhard finished with three scores, and Romanowsky notched two goals and one assist. Sophomore midfielder Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) helped the Bantam cause with three draw controls and four caused turnovers. Clegg, Teague, and two other scored twice for Bowdoin, and freshman Tara Connolly (Simsbury, Conn.) stopped 11 shots in the Polar Bear goal.
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