2011 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship
Sunday, May 1
Saturday, May 7 Sunday, May 8
at No. 1 TRI 15, No. 8 WIL 6
at No. 1 TRI 13, No. 5 TUF 12
at No. 1 TRI 7, No. 3 COL 1
at No. 2 BOW 5, No. 7 AMH 3
No. 3 COL 14, vs. No. 2 BOW 7
at No. 3 COL 17, No. 6 BAT 8
No. 5 TUF 13, at No. 4 MID 12
Championship Seeding
Championship Preview
Championship Records

Trinity Women's Lacrosse Wins First NESCAC Title

Trinity Women's Lacrosse Wins First NESCAC Title

Courtesy Trinity Sports Information

Box Score

HARTFORD, Conn. – Sophomore goalkeeper Olivia Whitney (Danvers, Mass.) made eight saves and did not allow a goal for the final 50:30 of the game, while senior co-captain attacker Rachel Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H.) had a hand in more than half of her team’s goals, leading the Trinity College Bantams to a 7-1 victory over the visiting Colby College Mules in the 2011 NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship this afternoon on Sheppard Field. 

Trinity, seeded No. 1 in the tourney field, improves to a best-ever 17-0 and earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. No. 3-seeded Colby drops to 13-4 and will likely earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when they are announced this evening.

The Mules had beaten the Bantams, 14-12, in Trinity's only previous appearance in the NESCAC Finals, in 2008 at Middlebury. Colby was playing in its fifth straight NESCAC Finals, having won the league crown in 2008 and 2009. Trinity becomes the first team since Middlebury in 2004 to complete the regular season and the NESCAC Tournament without a loss.

Both Whitney and Colby senior goalkeeper Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Mass.) made saves early in the game before Mule freshman midfielder Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) netted the only goal of the entire first half from sophomore attacker Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.). Warnke was a wall in the first 30 minutes, making 11 saves and keeping Trinity scoreless, while Whitney made three stops including two in a row on free positions by Mule freshman attacker Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) with just under 13 minutes left in the first half. McKenna earned a third straight free-position during the Colby possession, but Bantam senior defender Emma Lynch (Washington, D.C.) drew a charge to keep the Bantams within one. Trinity nearly tied it in the final minute, but a hard shot by sophomore midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) caromed off the cross bar.

Trinity junior midfielder Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) controlled the draw coming out of intermission, and Romanowsky broke the Bantam scoring slump with a high shot from the left wing to tie the score at 1-1 with 28:54 on the clock. Bantam senior co-captain Alisen Urquhart (Redding, Conn.) came up with the ball on the ensuing draw, and Bruno scored moments later with a sidearm shot while moving from left to right across the front of the net to give Trinity its first lead at 2-1 just 55 seconds later. Leonhard scored from Romanowsky with 25:57 remaining for the first of five Trinity insurance goals, before Colby took possession of the ball for the first time after the break on the next draw. Whitney made a pair of saves over the next minute, and the Bantam defense held Colby to just five shots the rest of the way.

Romanowsky finished with two goals and two assists, and tied the NESCAC tournament scoring record with 17 points on eight goals and nine assists in three games, while Leonhard added a pair of goals. Bruno notched a game-high four draw controls and tied Urquhart for the team lead in ground balls with three apiece.

Warnke had 15 saves and three ground balls for Colby, while senior tri-captain defender Mary Cummings (Summit, N.J.) also picked up three ground balls, and junior midfielder Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) caused a pair of Bantam turnovers. Trinity outshot Colby, 32-15, and forced 14 turnovers while committing eight. The teams were a combined 0-for-12 on free positions.

Quarterfinals - Sunday, May 1 at Higher Seeds
at No. 1 Trinity 15, No. 8 Williams 6
at No. 2 Bowdoin 5, No. 7 Amherst 3
at No. 3 Colby 17, No. 6 Bates 8
No. 5 Tufts 13, at No. 4 Middlebury 12

Semifinals - Saturday, May 7 at Trinity
at No. 1 Trinity 13, No. 5 Tufts 12
No. 3 Colby 14, vs. No. 2 Bowdoin 7

Championship - Sunday, May 8 at Trinity
at No. 1 Trinity 7, No. 3 Colby 1

Quarterfinals - Sunday, May 1 at Higher Seeds
12:00 p.m.
No. 8 at No. 1
No. 7 at No. 2
No. 6 at No. 3
No. 5 at No. 4

Semifinals - Saturday, May 7 at Highest Remaining Seed
12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Semifinal Winner

Championship - Sunday, May 8
12:00 p.m.

The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship. Quarterfinal games will be conducted on Sunday, May 1, with the semifinals and championship games conducted on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, respectively.  The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. 

Seeding will be based on final conference standings of round robin play. Standings will be based on team winning percentages. Ties shall count as half a win.

The 8th seed will play at the 1st seed, the 7th seed will play at the 2nd seed, the 6th seed will play at the 3rd seed, and the 5th seed will play at the 4th seed. Teams will be re-bracketed after first round games and the lowest remaining seed will face the highest remaining seed.

Pairings will be announced Friday, April 29.

Tie Breaking Procedures
Ties will be broken as follows:

Head-to-head result (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the league schedule will be the game that is counted).

If teams tied during the regular season, or there is a 3-way or more tie, the following tie breaking procedure will be used:

  • Best record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
  • Most conference wins (in games that are part of the conference schedule and count toward league standings).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 8 teams (including all teams at the 8th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against conference teams in rank order.
  • Comparisons shall be made one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team.
  • If the tie remains after comparing results against the highest ranked team, the results against the next team in rank order shall be used. This process is continued until a winner is determined.
  • Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).

Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated.  At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams.  The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken.  In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie.  For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled.  Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.