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Trinity Field Hockey Triumphant in NESCAC Quarterfinals at Hamilton

The Bantams beat Hamilton, 3-1 to advance to the NESCAC Semifinals next weekend at Middlebury (photo courtesy of Josh McKee)
The Bantams beat Hamilton, 3-1 to advance to the NESCAC Semifinals next weekend at Middlebury (photo courtesy of Josh McKee)

Clinton, Mass. - Trinity senior co-captain Kelcie Finn scored twice and added an assist to lead the No. 5-seeded Bantams to a 3-1 victory over host No. 4-seed Hamilton College on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Field Hockey Championship Tournament on Saturday at Goodfriend Field in Clinton, N.Y. The win is Trinity's 10th in its last 11 games as they improve to 11-5 overall and move on to next weekend's semifinal round where they will play Williams College on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Middlebury. The No. 15-ranked Continentals fall to 9-6 on the year with the loss. 

Finn started the play that gave the Bantams a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. She raced up the right side with the ball and sent a centering pass to junior forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) in the middle of the circle. Solimine tapped the ball once and put a shot into the back of the cage for her ninth goal of the season to put the visitors up early.
 
The Continentals didn't trail for long as they scored following a penalty corner with 21:40 remaining in the half. Tatiana Bradley (West Newbury, Mass.) inserted the ball to Aly Skelly (East Falmouth, Mass.) on the left wing and Skelly sent a pass across the top of the circle to Margaret Revera (Miller Place, N.Y.) on the right wing. Revera's shot was deflected by Michaela Giuttari (Warwick, R.I.) from about 5 yards in front of the cage and the score was tied at 1-1. 
 
Finn put Trinity in the lead for good with 4:51 to go in the first half. Sophomore Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) inserted the ball on a penalty corner to Finn, who carried the ball to her right, spun around and slapped a shot from the edge of the circle that managed to sneak its way through the goalie. The Bantams took their 2-1 advantage into the break.
 
Hamilton put the pressure on Trinity's defense early in the second half, but junior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made the Bantams' one-goal lead stand up as she made five saves in the opening 16 minutes of the half. Berger finished with six stops on the afternoon.
 
The Continentals called a timeout with 9:05 left to play and about a minute later, a point-blank shot by Trinity first-year Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) was stopped by Hamilton defender Liz Wagenbach (Summit, N.J.). That led to a Bantam penalty corner and Finn made the Continentals pay again. Quinlan inserted the ball to Finn on the left wing and she carried the ball a few feet before she unleashed a hard shot that deflected off a defender near the left post and into the cage with 7:27 remaining.
 
Hamilton pulled goalie Julia Booth (Greenwich, Conn.) for an extra field player with 5:47 to go but didn't put another shot on goal in the final minutes. The Continentals finished with a 17-11 shot advantage and had a 10-9 edge in penalty corners.