Bantams slip past Panthers
Trinity beats Middlebury for third consecutive time
Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore attacker Hadley Duncan scored all three of her goals in the last 8:26 of the game, including the game-tying goal with 35 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. She also scored the game-winner with 44 seconds left in the first half of the extra period, to lead the Trinity Bantams to a 10-9 victory over the visiting Middlebury Panthers the second round of the tournament. Trinity, ranked No. 2 in the nation, improves to 18-0 and advances to the quarterfinals. Middlebury, ranked No. 14 nationally, closes its year with an 11-6 record. Trinity, the only team to receive a bye in the 31-team tournament field, wins its third consecutive game over the Panthers. The Bantams advance to the quarterfinals for the fifth time and the second year in a row.
Trinity led, 6-3, at the break, including four first-half tallies by sophomore midfielder Megan Leonhard and a goal by freshman attacker Shea Kusiak on a free position with 37 seconds left before halftime. Middlebury burst out for four consecutive scores during a 4:22 span early in the second half, as senior midfielder Sally Ryan scored twice in less than a minute and fed junior teammates Elizabeth Garry and Stephanie Gill moments later to give the Panthers their first lead of the game at 7-6 with 16:25 left in the second half.
Middlebury nearly added to its lead at the 12:37, but Trinity sophomore goalie Olivia Whitney made a key stop on a free position shot by Ryan. Bantam freshman Lyndsey Shepard picked up the ground ball and advanced it down the field, leading to a game-tying tally by senior co-captain attacker Rachel Romanowsky on a wrap-around move behind the goal with 10:34 remaining. Duncan scored her first goal of the game on a driving spin move in traffic to give Trinity an 8-7 lead with 8:26 left, but Ryan beat Whitney low on a free position and sophomore attacker Ellen Halle came from behind the goal to put Middlebury back ahead at 9-8 with 4:10 left to play.
Middlebury senior midfielder Hilary Walker won the ensuing draw and the Panthers held possession for over three minutes before a Panther turnover gave the Bantams the ball with 46 seconds on the clock. Duncan earned a free position and whipped the ball in past Panther junior goalie Lily Nguyen to tie it at 9-9. Middlebury won the draw again and Ryan got a decent look from the right wing, but Whitney stopped her bouncing shot as the horn went off. In overtime, Duncan used a similar spin move from her first goal to slice her way in from the left wing and shot past Nguyen to give Trinity a 10-9 lead. Bantam junior defender Elizabeth Beckler controlled the next draw, and Kusiak came up with the ball to start the second session, leaving Middlebury without a chance to tie the rest of the way.