Middlebury dropped its third straight game as the Panthers fell 12-8 at fifth-ranked Trinity on Saturday. Trinity improves to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the NESCAC with their second win in a row and their first over the Panthers in the last 20 meetings between the teams. Trinity's last win against Middlebury was a 7-6 triumph in 1989 and the Bantams are now 8-19 all-time against the Panthers. Middlebury, ranked No. 11 nationally, drops to 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the league with their third-consecutive loss.
Trinity's Rachel Romanowsky had three goals and an assist to lead Trinity to the win. The Bantams jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first seven minutes, as Megan Leonhard opened the scoring with a free-position goal 41 seconds into the contest and Romanowsky assisted Caitlin Irvine on a goal 22 seconds later before scoring her first of the day at the 27:25 mark. Alisen Urquhart scored twice in the next 10 minutes to help the Bantams to an 8-2 advantage with 2:30 left before the break.
Middlebury's Dana Heritage scored the first of her three tallies to cut the Trinity lead to 8-3 with two minutes remaining in the first half, but Leonhard converted the fifth Bantam free-position opportunity in six tries of the first half with 59 seconds on the clock.
Irvine scored on yet another free position 1:06 into the second half, but was answered by Heritage at the 25:12 mark. Trinity midfielder Sarah Remes and Romanowsky each scored goals to give the Bantams their biggest lead at 12-4 with 16:48 on the clock, but Middlebury rattled off four unanswered scores to pull back within four at 12-8 with 5:50 left in the game. Sally Ryan assisted Margaret Souther on the first goal of the spurt at the 14:20 mark, and scored the second on a free position with 6:32 left to play. Souther fed Heritage on a goal 11 seconds later, while Michaela Colbert found Elizabeth Garry for a goal 31 seconds after that. Middlebury won the ensuing draw, but Trinity goalie Gina Dinallo stopped Souther on a one-on-one chance and took possession of the ball.
Trinity successfully maintained possession for the final 5:21 of the game to squelch the Panther rally. Dinallo finished with nine saves and three ground balls, while Liz Bruno collected four ground balls and caused three turnovers for Trinity. Ryan finished with three goals and one assist, while senior Catherine Gotwald picked up a game-high five ground balls, while netminder Lily Nguyen made 14 saves in the Middlebury goal.