Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College senior co-captain forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) was chosen as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Player of the Year, earning the award for the second season in a row, as Trinity's senior female athlete of the year (Trinity Club of Hartford Award), and as one of 11 nominees by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Finn, who was also named to both the Synapse Sports Division III All-American First Team and the 2017 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-American First Team, is the first player to win the honor in back-to-back seasons since Messiah's Julia Barton in 2009 and 2010. Finn also repeated as both the 2017 Longstreth/NFHCA New England West Player of the Year and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Field Hockey Player of the Year, and joined junior forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) on the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-New England West Regional First Team for the second year in a row. Trinity junior goalkeeper Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and junior defender Allison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.) each graced the NFHCA Division III All-New England West Regional Second Team and the All-NESCAC Second Team. Finn made her fourth appearance on the All-NESCAC First Team and her fourth on the all-league squad, while Berger, Solimine, and Slowe were each All-NESCAC Second Team honorees.
The Bantams, coached by Anne Parmenter (17th season), finished the 2017 season with a 14-7 record and finished tied with Williams for third place in the NESCAC with a 6-4 league mark. The Bantams advanced to the NESCAC Finals for the first time since 2009, winning, 3-1, at Hamilton, in the opening round and edging Williams, 3-2, in overtime in the semifinals at Middlebury before falling to the Panthers, 4-0, in the finals. Trinity qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the eighth time and the second year in a row, ousting Gwynedd Mercy, 5-3, in the NCAA First Round and Salisbury, 2-1, in overtime in the second round. Playing in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fifth time, the Bantams closed the year with a 5-0 setback at top-ranked Messiah.
Berger has started every game in the Trinity cage since joining the team in her second year on campus in 2016. She finished second in the NESCAC this fall with a .764 save percentage and allowed just 42 goals for a 1.98 GAA with a 14-7 record and four shutouts in in 1,484 minutes of play. A graduate of Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts, Berger is majoring in neuroscience at Trinity. She is the daughter of Iris and David Berger.
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