Field Hockey Advances to NESCAC Semifinals With 2-0 Victory Over Hamilton

Field Hockey Advances to NESCAC Semifinals With 2-0 Victory Over Hamilton

Clinton, N.Y. - The Trinity College field hockey team came away with a 2-0 victory over the Hamilton College Continentals on Saturday at a rainy Goodfriend Field in Clinton, N.Y. in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament. The No. 17-ranked Bantams improve to 12-4 on the year and advance to next weekend's semifinals at a site to be determined. Hamilton falls to 10-6 on the year with the loss. 

The Bantams got on the board first less than eight minutes into the first half when sophomore Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) found the back of the box off a rebound. Rookie Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) fired a shot on goal that Hamilton goalie Julia Booth (Greenwich, Conn.) initially saved. The rebound fell to Brown who stuffed the ball into the back of the box to put the Bantams up, 1-0, early. 
 
Trinity, which outshot Hamilton, 23-14, posted its 11th shutout this fall thanks in part to six saves by senior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.). With the shutout, Berger breaks the college's record for most clean-sheets in a single season with 10. 
 
Out of the half, Trinity added to its lead in the 46th minute when junior Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) scored her fifth goal of the season off a penalty corner. Flaherty took a shot from the top of the arc off the corner that was heading towards the left post, before Quinlan tipped the ball past Booth and into the goal to put the Bantams up, 2-0.
 
Berger made four saves in the second half to keep Hamilton off the board and help seal the 2-0 victory. Trinity tallied nine penalty corners while the Continentals recorded six.