Hartford, Conn. – First-year forward Kelcie Finn (South Weymouth, Mass.) recorded a hat trick in her first collegiate game to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 9-0 victory over the visiting University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Corsairs in field hockey action this evening on Sheppard Field. Playing in its season opener, Trinity jumped out to a 6-0 lead at halftime and held the Corsairs without a shot or a penalty corner the entire game. Mass.-Dartmouth falls to 1-2.
Finn scored her first goal 5:24 into the game off a penalty corner that was inserted by junior defender Elizabeth Caporale (Glastonbury, Conn.) and also assisted by senior co-captain defender Sophie Doering (Darien, Conn.). Trinity junior forward Olivia Tapsall (Greenwich, Conn.) scored 3:04 later and the score remained stuck at 2-0 before Trinity scored four times in the final 10 minutes of the first half. Doering and Finn scored two of those four, while Tapsall added her second goal of the game with 10:05 left in the second half and assisted sophomore Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) on the game's final tally moments later.
Caporale finished with two assists, while rookie Sam Brum (Dighton, Mass.) made 11 saves in the Corsair cage. Trinity took 33 shots and was awarded 11 penalty corners. Bantam junior goalie Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) played 53-plus minutes to collect the win. Trinity opens league action in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on Saturday, September 6 at Hamilton.