Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College field hockey team, which scored four goals in the second half to defeat Gwynedd Mercy, 5-3, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament on Wednesday, will face the Salisbury University Gulls in the NCAA Second Round on Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. The Bantams, coached by Anne Parmenter (17th Season), will face the Gulls for the first time, although Trinity played at their stadium in the NCAA Second Round last fall and had a potential quarterfinal contest at Salisbury thwarted by a 2-1 loss to Ursinus in that game. Trinity is currently 13-6, having won 12 of 14 games after a 1-4 start to the season, and ranked No. 2 in the New England West Region and No. 11 in the nation, while Salisbury is 12-4 and ranked No. 2 in the South Region and No. 6 nationally. The host Messiah Falcons will face the Washington and Lee University Generals in the other second round contest Saturday at 11 a.m. and the winners will face off Sunday, November 12 in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Messiah at 1 p.m. The 2017 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Final Four will be held in Louisville, Ky. on November 17 and 19.
Trinity senior co-captain forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) had a hand in all five goals, as the Bantams rallied back from a 2-1 deficit at halftime against Gwynedd Mercy. Finn fed rookie forward Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) on the game-tying goal early in the second half and scored the go-ahead tally less than a minute later on an assist by junior forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.). Finn, the 2016 and 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year, had assisted Solimine on the game's first goal, and added her second score of the contest on a penalty stroke and her third off a feed by junior defender Alison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.) later in the second half. Trinity junior Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made six of her seven saves in the first half to improve to 26-11 over her two-year span as the Bantam goalkeeper.
Trinity, making its eighth NCAA appearance with Final Four trips in 1993 and 1998, received an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Tourney after advancing to the NESCAC Finals last weekend. Finn ranks fifth in the nation in scoring with 3.53 ppg (67) and fourth in goals at 1.53 per game (29) to go with nine assists, and became the first Trinity player to eclipse 200 points in her collegiate career a couple weeks ago. Bantam sophomore midfielder Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) is tied for the Bantam lead in assists with nine and adds two goals for 13 points, while Solimine has been a lethal offensive player throughout her career with 32 goals and 19 assists including 10 goals and six assists this fall. Brown has six goals and two assists and sophomore midfielder Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.) adds three goals and six assists to give the Bantams five double-digit scorers. Finn and Solimine were each named to the All-NESCAC Team yesterday, Finn for the fourth time Solimine for the second year in a row.
Slowe anchors the Trinity defense, along with classmate Madison Guiffre (Wellesley, Mass.) and rookies Jessica Midlidge (Bernardsville, N.J.) and Ellie Tate (Carlisle, Pa.). Slowe also has two goals and three assists on the offensive end, while Guiffre leads the Bantams with four defensive saves. Sophomore Olivia Hoyda (Darien, Conn.) is a dependable veteran in the midfield, and first-year Katherine Devaney (Andover, Mass.) has been solid as a midfield starter. Berger has a .772 save percentage and has allowed 36 goals in 1,332 minutes for a 1.89 GAA to go with 122 saves in the Trinity cage. Slowe was named to the All-NESCAC squad this week for the second season in a row, while Berger graced the all-league team as well to give the Bantams four representatives.
Salisbury, coached by Dawn Chamberlin (30th Season), had won six games in a row before a 2-1 setback in double overtime at No. 4-ranked Christopher Newport in the Capital Athletic Conference Finals, and earned both an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and bye to the second round. Emily Lemanski leads the Salisbury offense with nine goals and five assists, while Tara Daddio adds six goals and six assists. Tressie Windsor has 63 saves and a 0.75 GAA in the cage for the Bears. Messiah is 19-0 and ranked No. 1 in the nation, while Washington and Lee, which defeated Denison in the NCAA First Round, 1-0, double overtime at home, is 15-4 and ranked No. 5 in the South Region.