Trinity College (12-0, 8-0 NESCAC), ranked third nationally in Division III, moved a step closer to its second straight undefeated regular season by defeating in-state NESCAC rival Wesleyan on the road Tues., April 17, 17-10. A year ago, Trinity went unbeaten during the regular season, went 3-0 in NESCAC tournament play to claim the crown, then suffered its only defeat of the year in the NCAA Division III tournament quarterfinals against Bowdoin. Trinity has two regular-season games left in 2012 before entering NESCAC post-season play, the first of which comes up Sat., April 21 at home against 18th-ranked Hamilton, which Trinity won, 8-7. Wesleyan hit the field Saturday as well, hosting 14th-ranked Tufts. Tufts prevailed, 14-7.
Trinity jumped out to a 3-0 lead ovcer Wesleyan just 2:57 into the contest and never looked back as Wesleyan never possessed the ball during the first three minutes. The powerful Trinity attack has scored at least 11 goals in each game played this season. Though Wesleyan ended Trinity's opening scoring run at three when Kayla Ellman '13 (#8, left side photo) netted the first of her three goals for the Cardinals at 25:37 of the first half, Trinity put home three of the next four for a 6-2 bulge and made it an 8-4 game at halftime. A 4-0 burst to start the second half upped the Bantam edge to 12-4 with 21:32 to play. Wesleyan got no close than six (15-9, 6:50 left) the rest of the way.
Also scoring three times for Wesleyan was Kaylin Berger '13 (#18, right side photo) as both she and Ellman had a four-point effort as each added an assist. They rank one-two in scoring for the Cardinals as Ellman has 35 points and Berger 28.
Goalie Maggie Drowica '12 stopped 10 shots for Wesleyan over the course of the game. Trinity had a 30-17 edge in total shots while the teams combined to miss the net just four times as Trinity was on target 27 times and Wesleyan, 16.
Tufts (9-4, 5-4 NESCAC) blew open a close game with a quick five-goal burst at the start of the second half to push out to an 10-3 bulge and never looked back in subduing Wesleyan. Wesleyan will end its season Wed., April 25 with a trip to Conn. College. Both Wesleyan and Conn have been eliminated from NESCAC post-season contention.
The Jumbos doubled their scoring output for the game with five goals by the time 5:27 ran off the second-half clock as the score stood 5-3 at halftime. The Jumbos led by as many as eight goals in the game, the last time 13-5 with 11:24 to play. Wesleyan got two back 36 seconds apart late in the game from Claire O'Brien '15 and Liz Chabot '12, two of the Cardinals' four seniors celebrating Senior Day, to cut the margin to 13-7 with 3:23 left before Tufts netted the day's final tally at 2:27. Drowica picked up five saves in the Wesleyan net.
Wesleyan got two goals from Lydia Kring '13 while O'Brien had a goal and an assist, as did Maddy Coulter, '14 to join Kring with a two-point day.