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First-Half Outburst Helps Field Hockey Advance to NESCAC Semifinals

First-Half Outburst Helps Field Hockey Advance to NESCAC Semifinals

Hartford, Conn. – First-year forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) registered her sixth hat trick of the season to lead the third-seeded Trinity College field hockey team past sixth-seeded Williams, 4-1, in the opening round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Sheppard Field. The Bantams won their sixth straight game to improve to 13-3 on the year, while the Ephs fell to 9-7 with the defeat.

The 13 wins marks the highest win total for the Bantams since the 2009 campaign in which they finished 15-2. The triumph also marked the first postseason win for Trinity since the opening of the NESCAC Championship Tournament in 2011.

Trinity junior goalkeeper Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) turned aside seven of the eight shots she faced to earn the victory. On the opposite end, sophomore Margaret Draper made three saves in a losing effort for Williams.

Finn broke open a scoreless game with a pair of goal 21 seconds apart midway through the first half. Just over 16 minutes into the contest, junior forward Olivia Tapsall (Greenwich, Conn.) fired a shot toward goal the Finn tipped by Draper. On the following possession, the Bantams got the ball back and Finn raced past the Ephs backline and scored her team-leading 25th goal of the year. Three minutes later, Finn struck again, registering an unassisted tally to set a new single-season program record with 62 points. Late in the half, sophomore Samantha Sandler (Madison, Conn.) added to the Trinity lead scoring on a penalty stroke as the Bantams entered halftime with a 4-0 advantage.

In the second half, first-year midfielder Hannah Goodrick brought the Ephs within three with her second goal of 2014 as senior forward Caitlin Conlon recorded her team-best fifth assist. Goodrick's marker would prove to be the final goal of the game as Trinity held on in rainy conditions to advance to the NESCAC Championship Tournament Semifinals next weekend.

Each team took 12 shots and the Bantams took eight penalty corners to Williams' two.

Trinity returns to action next weekend, Nov. 8, squaring off with second-seeded Middlebury at 1:30 p.m. at Ryan Field on Bowdoin's campus. The Bantams look to avenge a 1-0 defeat to the Panthers earlier this season.