Courtesy Trinity Sports Information
HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior co-captain attacker Rachel Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H.) had five goals and two assists and freshman attacker Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored four times to lead Trinity a 15-6 victory against Williams in the opening round of the 2011 NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity improves to a best-ever 15-0, tying last year’s (15-4) win total for the most in program history.
Top-seeded Trinity will host the NESCAC Semifinals and Finals on May 7 and 8 for the second season in a row. The Bantams will face No. 5-seeded Tufts, which won at No. 4-seeded Middlebury, 13-12, today, in the NESCAC Semifinals on Saturday in its semifinal matchup. No. 2-seeded Bowdoin will play No. 3-seeded Colby in the other NESCAC Semifinal at Trinity next weekend.
Last May, Williams defeated Trinity on Sheppard Field in the NESCAC Semifinals, 11-10, en route to a NESCAC title, and the Ephs had eliminated Trinity in three of the last four league tournaments with all three defeats taking place at Trinity. Williams' season ends at 8-9 after four consecutive losses.
With the game tied at 1-1, sophomore midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) ignited a 5-0 Bantam run with the second of her two goals, at the 21:28 mark. Five different Bantams scored during the spurt to give the home team a 6-1 edge heading into intermission. Williams rallied to score the first three goals of the second half to close to 6-4 less than five minutes after the break. Romanowsky ended the run with an unassisted goal at the 21:43 mark, but Williams junior attacker Margie Fulton (Wellesley, Mass.) scored her second tally of the second half 1:30 later to cut the Trinity lead back to a pair. Romanowsky and Kusiak took over from there, sandwiching Fulton's third goal around six combined goals between them over a 10-minute stretch to give Trinity a comfortable 13-6 advantage. Trinity added two late scores to account for a 15-6 final.
Trinity senior co-captain midfielder Alisen Urquhart finished a goal and two assists, while junior midfielder Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) scored twice with a game-high seven caused turnovers, and sophomore attacker Kaitlin Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) added a goal and an assist. Kusiak added a game-high four ground balls to her four goals, and classmate Olivia Whitney (Danvers, Mass.) made five saves in the Bantam goal. Williams senior tri-captain Anne Marie Burke (Lower Merion, Pa.) had a goal and an assist, while juniors Meera Sivalingam (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Kaitlin Ellis (Darien, Conn.) also scored, senior tri-captain goalkeeper Julia Schreiber (Cockeysville, Md.) made 10 saves, and junior Emily Whicker (Potomac, Md.) notched a game-high five draw controls.