Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore Brenna Hobin (Madison, Conn.) and first-year Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) scored goals to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action this evening on Sheppard Field. Trinity improves to 7-6 overall and 4-5 in the NESCAC, while the Cardinals fall to 4-9 overall and 2-6 in the league with their third loss in a row.
Solimine scored the game's first goal with 14:15 left in the first half, poking in a loose ball after Wesleyan senior goalie Sara Grundy (Montpelier, Vt.) had saved the initial shot by Bantam senior tri-captain forward Olivia Tapsall (Greenwich, Conn.). Grundy went on to make five more saves before halftime, while the Bantam defense led by senior tri-captain Elizabeth Caporale (Glastonbury, Conn.) and first-years Olivia Johnson (West Granby, Conn.) and Molly Reilly (Andover, Mass.), held the Cardinals to just a single shot in the first stanza.
Wesleyan nearly tied the game 11:52 into the second half when first-year Ali Friend (North Easton, Mass.) sent the ball toward the cage from deep and it caromed off a Bantam defender before Trinity senior tri-captain Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) dove to her right to save it. At the 19:10 mark of the second, Hobin blasted a backhand past Grundy for the second Bantam goal after a Wesleyan defender had knocked the ball to her on the left wing inside the circle.
The Cardinals cut the Trinity lead in half with 12:18 left to play on a penalty stroke. A Wesleyan shot was stopped illegally behind Fittzpatrick in front of the Bantam cage, and Cardinal senior Hannah Plappert (Newtown, Pa.) beat Fitzpatrick to the goalkeeper's left. Grundy made three more saves the rest of the way to keep the visitors close, but the Bantam defense did not yield a shot. Trinity finished with an 18-to-5 shooting edge, as Grundy made 10 saves and Fitzpatrick had four.