The College Report: Trinity and Summit's Megan Leonhard Capture Div. 3 Lacrosse Crown
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • 5:13pm
Trinity College of Connecticut won the NCAA Division 3 Women's Lacrosse Championship in Montclair on Sunday with an 8-7 victory over previously unbeaten Salisbury. Trinity advanced to the title game with a 7-5 win over Cortland State on Saturday. Megan Leonhard (Summit, Jr.) scored one goal for the Bantams and controlled three draws against Cortland. In the championship tilt, Leonhard's potent offense was effectively neutralized, as she got off only one shot on goal. She compensated, however, in other facets of her game – three ground balls, four draw controls and one caused turnover.
Trinity finished the season with a 21-1 record. Their only loss was a 7-6 defeat to Amherst, which they could not avenge in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament, as Amherst was eliminated from the other bracket than that in which Trinity was slotted. Leonhard was co-high on Trinity for the season with 46 goals and was second on the team with 53 draw controls.
Duke overpowered Colgate, 17-6, in NCAA Division 1 Tournament action in Chester, Pa. on Sunday. Duke's Tommy Patterson (Chatham, Jr.) earned credit for one caused turnover. Going the other way, Colgate's Bobby Lawrence (Summit, Soph.) also caused a turnover and recovered two ground balls. Colgate's John Donnally (Madison, Sr.) also lifted two ground balls in his collegiate swan song. Duke (15-4) moves on to play Maryland on Saturday in Foxboro, Mass., while Colgate finished the season at 14-4.
Maryland dealt Johns Hopkins an 11-5 defeat in Annapolis, Md. on Saturday. Rob Guida (Chatham, Soph.) set up three of the five Hopkins goals; he also earned credit for bringing up two ground balls. The Blue Jays finished the season with a 12-4 mark.
Montclair State and catcher Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, Jr.) settled for third place at the NCAA Division 3 Championship Tournament in Salem, Va. The Red Hawks won their first two games, first by a 1-0 score over Plattsburgh State on Friday and then, 2-0, over Roanoke on Saturday. Although Bergman went hitless in nine at-bats in the four games, she did call a pair of 2-hitters in the victories. Montclair got tripped up by Pacific Lutheran, 2-1, in 12 innings on Sunday, and was then eliminated with a 2-0 loss to Linfield on Monday. The Red Hawks finished the season with a 44-9 record.
Notre Dame dropped out of the Division 1 Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. with two losses to Arizona. The Fighting Irish began with a 7-3 win over Hawaii on Thursday, in which Alexa Maldonado (Short Hills, Sr.) led off the game with a home run. She later added a single to go 2-for-5 in the win. The first loss to Arizona, 7-2, occurred on Friday. Maldonado drove in one of the two Notre Dame runs, getting a single from three at-bats, along with a sacrifice. Needing a win to stave off elimination, Notre Dame then defeated North Dakota State, 8-4, later on Friday. Maldonado laced two singles in four at-bats and had one RBI. The end came with an 8-3 loss to Arizona on Saturday, as Maldonado went hitless in three at-bats, although she drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. She finished the campaign with a .333 batting average, driving in 28 runs, with 10 doubles, one triple and seven home runs. She also had a team-high 26 walks. Notre Dame finished the season 40-16.
Massachusetts was also a casualty in its bracket in Columbia, Mo., losing on Friday to DePaul, 3-0, and to Illinois State, 1-0, on Saturday. Cyndil Matthew (Westfield, Jr.) had one of just two UMass hits in the DePaul loss. She singled once in three at-bats and advanced on a stolen base. Interestingly, UMass had eight hits to just two for Illinois State, but couldn't get anybody across home plate. Matthew again had a single, this time in four at-bats, and again stole a base. Matthew, like Maldonado, was slotted in the leadoff spot and led the Minutewomen in hitting with a .409 average. She was good for six doubles, six triples, one home run, 20 walks and 19 RBIs. She also stole 36 bases, while getting caught just twice. UMass ended the season with a 38-13 record.
Northeastern began its final regular-season series with a 6-2 win over Delaware in Newark, Del. on Friday. Rob Fonseca (Madison, Fr.) blasted a 2-run homer for the Huskies, while teammate John Puttress (New Providence, Jr.) had a 2-for-5 game with the bat, driving in a pair of runs with singles. The Huskies took it on the chin, 10-3, on Saturday but recovered to post a 12-9 victory over the Blue Hens on Sunday. Fonseca had two doubles in this game, which accounted for two runs batted in. Northeastern finished the season with a 23-28 record overall and 13-17 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Fonseca finished his first year of collegiate ball with a .289 batting average, 10 doubles, eight home runs and 37 RBIs. Puttress hit .323 with nine doubles and 29 RBIs.
Rutgers finished the regular season with a 3-game sweep of visiting Villanova. Friday’s 11-1 rout saw Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, Soph.) go 2-for-3 at the plate, plus a sacrifice and a stolen base. He then had a single in three at-bats, plus a walk, in Saturday’s 6-0 win. The Scarlet Knights enter this week’s Big East Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. with an overall record of 32-23 and 17-11 against Big East foes.
Seton Hall will be Rutgers' first foe in Clearwater, and the Pirates come off a series in which they won two of three games in Queens against St. John's, which shared regular season champion honors. In Saturday's 5-4 St. John's win in 12 innings, Seton Hall's Mike Genovese (Livingston, Jr.) drove in two runs in the top of the ninth inning with a double through the gap between left and centerfields. He then came in to score on a single to send the game into extra innings. Seton Hall (33-22, 17-10 Big East) won Sunday's finale, also by a 5-4 score, although the Red Storm's Frank Schwindel (Livingston, Soph.) drove in a run with a triple, and eventually crossed the plate himself. St. John's (33-21, 18-9 Big East) will also appear in Clearwater, with Notre Dame first on the docket on Wednesday.