Hartford, Conn. - Senior Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) and sophomore Jordan Ragland (Westport, Conn.) each scored twice to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a comfortable, 6-1, victory over in-state rival Wesleyan University on Wednesday night in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action at Robin Sheppard Field. Trinity improves to 8-5 overall and 4-5 in conference play while the Cardinals fall to 3-10 on the year and 0-8 in league action. Both teams donned pink warm ups before the game as part of Play4ACure Night, an effort to raise awareness for the fight against all types of cancer.
Trinity took a 3-0 lead into the half thanks to two goals by Finn sandwiched between a score by junior forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.). Finn tallied her first score at the 9:49 mark after laying out, full-extension at the back-side post and sweeping a shot just inside the post, past Wesleyan goalie Delaney Wood (Winslow, Maine). Just 24 seconds later, Finn spun a pass in Wesleyan's arc to Solimine who knocked the ball into the back of the box for her seventh goal of the season to give the hosts a quick 2-0 advantage. Finn's second goal of the first half came when rookie Caroline Fisher (Kennett Square, Pa.) passed it to Finn at the top of the arc, where she took a dribble and sent a bouncing shot into goal.
Ragland opened up the second half with a goal at the 37:33 mark, the first of her career, to put Trinity ahead, 4-0. Finn had the ball in front of the net and pushed a pass past Wood to a waiting Ragland who knocked home the one-timer. Ragland added to the Bantam lead just 3:15 later, cleaning up a rebound in front of the goal and flicking it high into the back of the net to give Trinity a dominating 5-0 lead. Wesleyan ended the shutout at the 56:34 mark when Cici Frattasio (Walpole, Mass.) fired a shot from close range past Bantam senior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.). The goal was Berger's lone blemish of the night as she finished with five saves in the victory.
Trinity sophomore Cara Bradley (East Lyme, Conn.) iced the game in the 68th minute, scoring her first goal of the season after knocking the ball out of mid-air into the back of the cage after an initial save by Wood. Wood finished with 12 saves despite being saddled with the loss as Trinity won the shot battle, 30-11, as both teams earned five corners. Trinity returns to the field next Wednesday for its regular season finale and Senior Day game against Amherst.