Hartford, Conn. - With the score tied, 2-2, and less than ten minutes to play in the second half, Bantam junior forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) dribbled around Nor'Easter goalie Holly Smith (Peabody, Mass.) and fired a shot into the back of the net to lift the Trinity College field hockey team past the University of New England Nor'Easters in a Sunday non-conference matchup. The win is Trinity's seventh in a row, moving them to 8-1 overall, and also snaps UNE's seven-game win streak as they fall to 9-2 on the year.
Trinity took a quick, 1-0, lead just three minutes into the game as Finn fired a shot towards the net that hit off sophomore Chandler Solimine's (Pelham, N.Y.) stick and re-directed past Smith for Solimine's 10th goal of the season. Neither team scored again in the half, however not due to a lack of offense. Both teams combined for 23 shots in the first half as Smith and Bantam junior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had their work cut out for them. Berger came up clutch in the first half for Trinity as she made 11 saves to keep the Nor'Easters off the board while Smith made six saves for the visitors.
The Bantams jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first minute of the second session on another Solimine goal, also assisted by Finn. Finn had the ball near the end line and sent a pass to Solimine in front of UNE's box who then slapped the shot past Smith. UNE cut the deficit to one just two minutes later on a goal from Vonde Saunders (Center Conway, N.H.) who scored off a rebound from a shot by Nicole Matarozzo (Wolfeboro, N.H.). UNE tied things up in the 49th minute thanks to a goal from Bridget Cavanaugh (West Friendship, Md.), assisted by Saunders. Finn's sixth game-winner of the season came with less than eight minutes to play after stingy defense by both teams.
Trinity returns to action next Saturday, October 8, as they travel to Bowdoin for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup in Maine.