No. 5 Trinity (Conn.) tops No. 12 Tufts
Leonhard scores four goals to lead Bantams to victory
MEDFORD, Mass. - No. 5 Trinity (Conn.) scored six consecutive goals during a 20-minute span to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 lead on their way to an eventual 12-7 win against No. 12 Tufts on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field. Junior Megan Leonhard led the Bantams with four goals.
The teams had gone back and forth for the first 18 minutes. Junior Kerry Eaton scored the first three Tufts goals and then assisted a tally by senior tri-captain Lara Kozin that put the Jumbos ahead 4-3 with 17:42 remaining until halftime. Trinity initiated its game-changing run with consecutive goals by junior Hadley Duncan. Her pair were the first of five unanswered goals by the Bantams to close the first half with an 8-4 advantage.
The Bantams were 4-for-6 on free-position attempts in the first 30 minutes. Senior Caite Irvine then scored her third goal 1:40 into the second half to give the Bantams a 9-4 lead. No. 10 Tufts closed the gap to 9-6 with back-to-back goals by senior Emily Pillemer . However, Leonhard netted the next two for Trinity and the Bantams led comfortably the rest of the way.
Senior co-captain midfielder Liz Bruno had a goal and three assists for Trinity, which remained unbeaten at 7-0 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC with its 21st consecutive regular-season win. She also caused two turnovers and controlled two draws. Leonhard and sophomore Lyndsey Shepard each had three groundballs for Trinity and junior goalie Olivia Whitney made 10 saves.
Senior tri-captain Kelly Cakert had a stellar game defensively for Tufts, causing five turnovers. Pillemer added three draw controls to her two goals and sophomore Kelley Cohen collected four groundballs. Junior goalie Tess Shapanka was credited with six saves.