Hartford, Conn. – Junior forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) accounted for five points on three goals and two assists, as the Trinity College Bantams downed the visiting Springfield College Pride, 8-2, in field hockey action this evening on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 12 nationally, improves to 9-2, while the Pride drops to 5-7.
Trinity scored 25 seconds into the game and three times in the first 14:10, while outshooting Springfield, 36-12. Finn scored the game’s first goal on a one-time off a feed by sophomore forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) from the left side. Finn scored again 7:40 into the contest off a rebound, and fed senior tri-captain Sydney Doolittle (Milford, Conn.) for the first of her two goals after receiving a pass ahead from rookie Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) and tapping the ball smoothly up to Doolittle. Springfield senior forward Tori Stollmer (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) got the visitors on the board on a rebound after a Pride penalty corner with 16:10 left in the first half. The score remained at 3-1 at the half, as Springfield freshman goalkeeper Abbey Doherty (Hampton, N.H.) saved the next four Bantam shots and neither defense yielded a shot on goal over the final 6:50 before the break.
Finn fed Doolittle for another Trinity tally 2:29 into the second half, as Doolittle took Finn’s pass through the Pride defense and beat Doherty with a lifted shot over her head and into the cage. Finn completed her hat trick with a goal from Solimine 9:44 into the second half, but Pride rookie forward Taylor Conley (Yarmouthport, Mass.) answered with an unassisted goal to make the score, 5-2, with 23:22 on the clock. Bantam sophomore forward Madison Thomas (Norwalk, Conn.) scored back-to-back, her first two career goals, to push the home lead up to 7-2, and Solimine added a goal with 3:20 on the clock on a rebound to round out the scoring. Doherty finished with 18 saves for Springfield, while Trinity goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made five stops.