Undefeated Bantams too much for women's lacrosse

Joan O'Neill '12 racked up six points, with four goals and two assists. (File photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Rachel Romanowsky had two goals and three assists in the second half to help undefeated and No. 3 nationally ranked Trinity turn a 7-7 tie at the half into a 14-8 victory against the visiting Bates College women's lacrosse team in a NESCAC game Saturday afternoon in a steady rain on Sheppard Field. 

Trinity improves to 13-0 overall and 8-0 in the NESCAC, while the No. 19-ranked Bobcats drop to 7-6 overall and 3-5 in the league with their second loss in a row.

Romanowsky opened the second half feeding Megan Leonhard 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 Hadley Duncan on subsequent second-half scores, and added her third goal of the game before Alisen Urquhart 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 Bobcats.

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 goalie Gina Dinallo replaced Olivia Whitney after halftime, and helped keep the Bobcats scoreless until 27 seconds were left in the game.

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 first-year SooHee Yoon (Lexington, Mass.) picked up four ground balls, and fellow rookie Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) scored once and collected two ground balls. Junior Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) scored once and caused three turnovers for Bates, and senior co-captain goalkeeper Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) made 10 saves. Senior Emily Howe (Carlisle, Mass.) and first-year Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) also scored for the Bobcats.

Bates plays a non-conference game at Endicott on Tuesday at 7 p.m., before the regular-season finale at home against Colby on Friday at 7 p.m.

STATS: Trinity 14, Bates 8