Hartford, Conn. – Trinity dropped its first home contest of the season on Wednesday evening, falling, 3-2, in double overtime to Wellesley in non-conference action at Sheppard Field. The Blue erased a late second-half deficit to improve to 6-0, while the Bantams move to 2-2 with the defeat.
Wellesley senior Nathalie Gruet deflected a shot past Trinity junior goaltender Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) with 9:53 remaining in double overtime for the game winner. Off a penalty corner, the Blue senior Lallie Lukens fired a shot towards goal and Gruet tipped it into the top left corner of the net.
The back-and-forth contest saw three lead changes and two ties. Wellesley struck first as junior forward Hannah Flesch fired a shot on goal that was stopped and sent the rebound past Fitzpatrick just under five minutes into the game. Six minutes later, Trinity knotted the score at one as first-year forward Kelcie Finn (South Weymouth, Mass.) netted the first of her two goals on the evening. Senior Sophie Doering (Darien, Conn.) picked up the assist after firing a shot on goal off a corner. Both squads traded opportunities throughout the remainder of the first half before entering halftime tied 1-1.
In the second half, the Bantams took a 2-1 advantage as junior forward Olivia Tapsall (Greenwich, Conn.) ripped a shot on goal and Finn dove for the loose ball and knocked it past Wellesley netminder Lucy Hurlock with a little under ten minutes remaining in regulation. Through her first four collegiate games, Finn has a team-leading eight goals.
After falling behind, the Blue turned on the offensive pressure peppering Fitzpatrick with shots. With under one minute remaining, sophomore forward Courtney Peterson broke through for Wellesley and netted the equalizer. Throughout the first overtime, neither team could capitalize on their chances and Gruet would send the visitors home victorious.
Hurlock made 12 saves to pick up her sixth win of the year for Wellesley, while Fitzpatrick turned aside a season-high 13 shots in a losing effort for Trinity.
Wellesley held a 21-20 advantage in shots and had 11 penalty corners to the Bantams five.
Trinity returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 20, hosting New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe Colby at 11:00 a.m.