Hartford, Conn. – First-year forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) notched goal and three assists to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Springfield College Pride in field hockey action this evening on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 13 in the nation, improves to 9-3 with its second win in a row and its seventh consecutive triumph over the Pride. Springfield falls to 5-7 with its second setback in a row.
The game was scoreless for the opening 15 minutes, as Springfield junior goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) made five of her 16 saves in a four-minute span, but Finn broke the drought with an unassisted tally 15:22 into the game. Fin fed junior midfielder Nikki Rivera (Rockaway, N.J.) across the cage, and Rivera slapped the ball into a wide open net in the 19th minute to give Trinity a 2-0 lead at the break. The Bantams had two penalty corners in the final 1:25 of the first half, but the Pride blocked a pair of shots and the horn blew before the second corner has time to develop. Trinity held a 17-3 edge shooting at halftime, and Villa had seven saves.
Less than five minutes into the second stanza, Finn assisted junior Olivia Tapsall (Greenwich, Conn.) on a marker for a 3-0 Bantam lead. Springfield senior defender Sarah Ducharme (Dudley, Mass.) scored off a nice feed from left to right in front of the cage by junior forward Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) 7:59 into the second half. Less than 90 seconds later, Finn brought the ball up the left side, and deked Villa before passing again across the cage to a sophomore Casey Quinn (Providence, R.I.) who just had to tap the ball over the goal line for a 4-1 Bantam lead. Trinity senior co-captain defender Sophie Doering (Darien, Conn.) scored on a blast from the top of the circle off a corner to round out the scoring. Trinity finished with a 36-8 shooting advantage and had 12 penalty corners to four for the Pride. Bantam junior goalie Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) had three saves.