With an 18-5 win over Eastern Connecticut State on Thursday, the Bantams of Trinity (Conn.) College didn’t have much of a challenge en route to tying a program record for wins to start a season.
Saturday, however, Trinity had to work for program history.
In a steady rain on Sheppard Field in Hartford, Trinity sophomore midfielder Megan Leonhard and senior midfielder Alisen Urquhart scored two goals each in the first half, but a Joan O’Neill hat trick powered Bates to a 7-7 halftime tie with the undefeated Bantams. However, Leonhard, Urquhart and senior attackers Rachel Romanowsky scored two goals apiece during the second half to power a run of seven unanswered Trinity goals in a 14-8 win for the No. 3 Bantams.
While Trinity’s offense was strong throughout the game, it was the defense that clamped down in the second half to ensure the victory. Junior goalkeeper Gina Dinallo allowed just one goal in the second half after coming in to relieve the regular starter, sophomore Olivia Whitney, while the Bantams defense – one of the top units in Division III, allowing just over seven goals per game – ensured that Dinallo only faced three shots in her 30 minutes of work.
With the victory, Trinity moved to 13-0 on the season, setting a program record for most consecutive wins to start a season and staying even with No. 1 TCNJ as Division III’s only undefeated teams. Having clinched the NESCAC regular season championship, the Bantams will look to close out a perfect regular season on Friday, when they take on No. 16 Amherst at Sheppard Field, before a NESCAC quarterfinal game on Sunday.
Need to Know
• Ivy League rivals Dartmouth and Harvard are never friendly, but things are about to get especially between the Big Green and the Crimson, who will play twice in the next two weeks with championship opportunities on the line. With a 15-10 win over No. 15 Princeton on Saturday, Dartmouth ensured that whoever wins this Friday’s game between the Big Green and the Crimson will tie with Penn for the Ancient Eight’s regular-season title. However, because No. 8 Penn beat both teams during the regular season before losing to Princeton on Wednesday, the Quakers clinched the top seed in the Ivy League tournament, meaning that the winner of the Dartmouth-Harvard game will be seeded second. In addition, because both Dartmouth and Harvard beat Princeton, the loser of the game will be seeded third in the conference tournament, which starts on May 6.
• A matchup between the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the IWLCA Division II poll was every bit as close as expected on Saturday, as No. 4 Lock Haven did exactly what was expected of its stingy defense, holding No. 3 Limestone to single-digits for only the fourth time this season. However, junior attacker Racquel Prager scored four goals, including the game-winner with 3:18 to play, leading the Saints to a 7-6 win. The Saints moved to 16-0 on the season, one of only two unbeaten teams in the country along with No. 1 Adelphi. The Saints will look to keep their perfect record alive on Friday when they travel to Hickory, N.C. to face Lenoir-Rhyne before closing out the regular season at home against No. 9 Rollins on May 7.
• No. 5 Salisbury continued its dominance in the Capital Athletic Conference on Friday, winning its ninth straight CAC championship with an 18-6 win over Mary Washington in the conference championship game. Junior midfielder Alyssa Fowler scored four goals and assisted on a fifth to lead the Sea Gulls, while the defense held the Eagles to just 12 shots on goal. Salisbury will have two weeks off before its next official game, against Christopher Newport University on May 7, but will face a group of Sea Gull alumnae on Saturday in an annual tradition.
• LeMoyne junior midfielder Brittany Brigandi was named the Northeast-10 Player of the Week after leading the No. 2 Dolphins to three consecutive wins last week. The Syracuse native scored five goals and assisted on a sixth in a 15-3 win over No. 11 New Haven, scored three more goals in a 22-7 win over Division I Detroit, and finished it off with six goals and an assist in just 30 minutes of work, powering the Dolphins to a 20-2 win over Franklin Pierce.
• No. 1 Maryland won its third consecutive ACC Championship on Sunday, beating No. 4 North Carolina, 12-7. The reigning NCAA Champions got five goals and an assist from senior midfielder Laura Merrifield, who was named tournament MVP for her efforts.
• Cortland sophomore Ally Levy was named the SUNYAC Goalie of the Week after leading the No. 4 Red Dragons to three wins last week. The native of Reistertown, Md., two saves on three shots in half an hour’s worth of work in a 17-7 win at Potsdam, eight saves in a 14-8 win over Union, and five goals on six shots in 50:38 of a 15-2 win against Fredonia State.
• Hamilton freshman attacker Katie D’Antonio was named the Liberty League Rookie of the Week for her contributions to the No. 2 Continentals’ three wins last week. Held off the scoresheet in a 14-9 win over Williams, D’Antonio assisted on three goals in a 15-6 win over William Smith, and then assisted on another in a 14-3 win over Rochester the next day.
• Syracuse senior goalkeeper Liz Hogan was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week after leading the No. 19 Orange to a pair of Big East wins last week. Hogan made nine saves in an 11-10 win over Louisville, and added two more in a 20-3 win over Cincinnati.
• Mercyhurst senior midfielder Kimberly Masterton and Slippery Rock junior attacker Amy Halls shared Athlete of the Week honors in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Masterton totaled nine goals, eight assists, five ground balls and seven caused turnovers in wins over Indiana (Pa.) and Lake Erie and a loss to Gannon, while Halls scored eight goals, assisted on three more, and totaled seven ground balls and seven draw controls in wins over Tiffin and Edinboro.