Keene, N.H. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams broke a 1-1 tie with three second-half goals to post a 4-1 field hockey win over the Keene State College Owls at Owl Athletic Complex this evening. Trinity, ranked No. 15 in the nation, improves to 4-0, while the Owls drop to 3-4 with its fourth loss in five games. Senior midfielder Haley Thompson (Ipswich, Mass.) had two goals for Trinity.
The two teams traded penalty corner goals in the first half. Sophomore Melissa Habelow (Belmont, Mass.) gave Keene State a 1-0 lead with her second goal of the season, a hard blast from just inside the circle. Trinity answered five minutes later on Thompson’s first goal of the game. Her shot hit the cross bar and bounced behind Owl sophomore goalie Caitlin Davino-Draper (Hanover, Mass.)
The Bantams netted three second half goals in a span of two minutes to take control of the game. Senior Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) began the uprising with a bad-angle goal to give Trinity a 2-1 lead. Junior Julia Rivera (Silver Springs, Md.) made it a 3-1 game 54 seconds later on a bouncing shot that alluded Davino-Draper. Thompson’s second goal of the game, a blast on a corner play, pushed the Bantams’ lead to 4-1.
Both turned in strong defensive plays later in the half. Bantam sophomore defender Sophie Doering (Darien Conn.) made a defensive save on a shot by Owl freshman forward Lyndsie Rabenius (North Hampton, N.H.). Keene State sophomore back Marisa Benson (Groton, Mass.) broke up a three-on-one break by Trinity in the final minute of play. Trinity outshot Keene State 20-11 and had a slight 11-9 advantage in penalty corner opportunities.