Field Hockey Weekly Preview: NESCAC Semifinals

Field Hockey Weekly Preview: NESCAC Semifinals

THIS WEEK: The Trinity College field hockey team advanced to this weekend's New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinal round after a 3-1 triumph over the No. 4-seeded Hamilton College Continentals in last Saturday's quarterfinals. The No. 5-seed Bantams will travel to tournament host Middlebury for a 1:30 p.m. showdown with No. 3-seed Williams College in a repeat of last year's quarterfinal game in Hartford.

MATCH-UPS:
Trinity (11-5) v. Williams (12-4)
Saturday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m.
Kohn Field
Middlebury, Vermont 

Williams Series History: Trinity is 23-5-6 against Williams, dating back to the first meeting in 1973.

Recent history against the Ephs: Despite Trinity's dominant all-time record against the Ephs, Williams has had the Bantams number lately. Williams went 2-0 against Trinity last fall, including a 4-2 victory in the NESCAC Tournament, and won a hard-fought, 3-2, game at the beginning of this season.

Williams Scouting Report: Williams closed the regular campaign with a 6-2 loss to Middlebury but is 4-2 in October after a 7-2 start that included a road win at Trinity. Libby Dolan has 17 goals and five assists for the Williams offense, while Alex Bennett adds 14 goals and 11 assists, and Abby Lloyd has 49 saves for a .710 save percentage and a 2.06 GAA in the cage.  The Ephs are ranked No. 4 in the region and No. 8 nationally.

WEEKLY NOTES:

- Trinity is second in the NESCAC with eight defensive saves. Junior defender Madison Guiffre leads the team with four while sophomore Olivia Hoyda has a pair, and classmates Callyn Cass and Nicole Quinlan each have one as well.

- Senior co-captain Kelcie Finn repeated as NESCAC Player of the Week after scoring a pair of goals, including the game-winner against Amherst, and scoring two goals, including the game winner, and adding an assist in the victory against the Continentals. Finn leads the conference and ranks sixth nationally in scoring with 3.31 ppg (53) and goals with 1.44 per game (23) to go with 0.44 assists per contest (7, T5th in NESCAC). 

- Quinlan ranks fourth in the league in assists with 0.50 (8 in 16 games) and is joined by fellow sophomore Caroline Curtin who is tied eighth in the league in assists with 0.50 (6 in 12 games). Curtin has scored three goals for 12 points and Quinlan adds two goals for 12 points. Junior Chandler Solimine ranks second on the team with 23 points (9g, 5a, 11th in NESCAC) after scoring a goal in both games last week. 

- Junior Lori Berger ranks third in the conference with a .787 save percentage and has allowed 26 goals in 1,120 minutes for a 1.62 GAA to go with 101 saves this fall. Berger made 17 total saves last week and picked up her fourth shutout (T3rd in NESCAC) of the season against Amherst.

- After a 1-4 start to the season, the Bantams have won 10 of their last 11 games entering the post-season. During that stretch, Trinity has outscored its opponents, 35-14. The Bantams have also re-entered the NFHCA National Poll at No. 17 after being on the outside looking in for the last few weeks. Williams checks in at No. 7.