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Trinity Field Hockey Pulls Away From New England

Trinity Field Hockey Pulls Away From New England

Biddeford, Maine - First-year Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) scored three times and assisted on another as the visiting Trinity College Bantams broke away from a scoreless game at halftime for a 4-0 field hockey victory over the University of New England Nor'Easters this afternoon at the Big Blue Turf.  The Bantams move back above the .500 mark to 5-4, while the Nor'easters slip to 7-5.

UNE had slim advantages during the opening 35 minutes in both shots (7-4) and penalty corners (1-0), but neither team was able to get on the board. Trinity increased the pressure right from the restart, and Solimine put the visitors ahead after just 49 seconds, pushing one from in close that popped up over the goalie's pad and spun into the cage. Six minutes later, Solimine sent a ball down towards the middle and junior forward Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) hit it into the left side.

It was another 7:29 before Solimine extended the gap to 3-0, redirecting a drive from the right side by senior forward Olivia Tapsall (Greenwich, Conn.) into the upper left corner. Solimine capped her seven-point afternoon just three minutes later with an uncontested finish right in front after Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) delivered a hard pass on the run from the right endline.

The Bantams closed the contest with a 22-14 edge in shots and 8-4 in corners following the strong 2nd half.  Senior Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) preserved the shutout with 10 stops, aided by a Molly Reilly (Andover, Mass.) defensive save in the 64th minute. On the opposite end, Smith turned away 11 shots for UNE and got support from Alyssa Kowal (Barre, Mass.) with a defensive save in the 69th minute.