Romanowksy Helps Trinity Bounce Bates
from press release
HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior co-captain attacker Rachel Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H.) had two goals and three assists in the second half to help the Trinity College Bantams turn a 7-7 tie at the half into a 14-8 victory against the visiting Bates College Bobcats in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this afternoon in a steady rain on Sheppard Field.
Trinity, ranked No. 3 in the nation, improves to 13-0 overall and 8-0 in the NESCAC, while the No. 18-ranked Bobcats drops to 7-6 overall and 3-5 in the league with its second loss in a row. The Bantams also set a new College record for wins to start the season, and will play Amherst, ranked No. 15 nationally, at home on Friday night, April 29 at 6 p.m. with the first-ever undefeated regular season in the program's history on the line. Trinity has started 12-0 in 1993 en route to a 13-2 campaign.
Romanowsky opened the second half feeding sophomore midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) for the game-winning goal 2:08 after the break, and added an unassisted tally of her own at the 24:07 mark to give Trinity a 9-7 lead. Romanowsky assisted Leonhard and sophomore attacker Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) on subsequent second-half scores, and added her third goal of the game before fellow Trinity senior co-captain
Trinity Alisen Urquhart (Redding, Conn.) capped off a 7-0 run with her fourth tally of the game and her second of the spurt with 5:42 on the clock. Bates junior attacker Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) scored her fourth goal of the game in the final minute to avoid a second-half shutout for the visitors.
Trinity had built an early 4-1 lead 10 minutes into the game that was matched by a 4-1 spurt by the Bobcats over the following 8:38, and the teams traded scores back and forth over the final 6:22 ending with an unassisted scoring shot by O'Neill with 1:54 left before intermission.
Trinity junior goalie Gina Dinallo (West Hartford, Conn.) replaced sophomore Olivia Whitney (Danvers, Mass.) after halftime, and helped keep the Bobcats scoreless until just 27 seconds before time expired. Trinity outshot Bates, 32-18, and held a 15-to-9 edge on the draw, while Leonhard matched Urquhart with four goals to go with one assist, and Romanowsky totaled three goals and four assists for the Bantam offense.
Urquhart also scooped four ground balls, while Trinity junior midfielder Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) caused a game-high seven turnovers, and Whitney and Dinallo combined for three saves. O'Neill assisted on two goals to finish with six points, while rookie SooHee Yoon (Lexington, Mass.) picked up four groundballs, and senior co-captain goalkeeper Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) made 10 saves for the Bobcats.