Hartford, Conn. – First-year forward Brenna Hobin (Madison, Conn.) recorded her second career multi-goal game to lead the Trinity College field hockey team past visiting Tufts, 3-1, on Sunday in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action at Robin L. Sheppard Field. With the win, the Bantams avenged a 1-0 loss to the Jumbos last season to improve to 8-3 on the year and 5-2 in league play, while Tufts dropped to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in conference tilts.
Trinity junior goalkeeper Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) made two saves to earn her eighth victory of the season in the cage. On the opposite end, senior netminder Bri Keenan turned aside 10 shots in a losing effort for Tufts.
Hobin opened the scoring with her sixth tally of the season just over eight and a half minutes into the game to give Trinity an early 1-0 lead. Senior co-captain Sophie Doering (Darien, Conn.) started the play with a shot on goal and after Keenan made a pad save, Hobin found the back of the net. Both teams traded scoring chances throughout the remainder of the first half, but neither team was able to break through as the Bantams entered halftime with a one-goal advantage.
Junior forward Olivia Tapsall (Greenwich, Conn.) gave Trinity a two-goal edge as she tallied her fifth goal of the year in the 50th minute. Doering started the play once again to pick up her team and conference-leading ninth assist of 2014.
Sophomore forward Dominique Zarella put Tufts on the board and cut into the Trinity lead to just one with an unassisted marker in the 56th minute. With under five minutes remaining in regulation, Hobin struck again to give Trinity a little breathing room and make it a 3-1 game. The unassisted goal took the wind out of the Jumbos sails as the Bantams were able to hold on for the victory.
The Bantams held a 25-8 advantage in shots and took six penalty corners to the Jumbos two.
Trinity returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 15, welcoming Springfield in a non-conference contest slated to begin at 6:00 P.M.