Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College field hockey team, coached by Anne Parmenter (18th season), has released its schedule for the upcoming 2018 season. In total, the Bantams will take to the field 15 times, highlighted by eight contests in front of their home crowd at the newly renovated Robin L. Sheppard Field. The team will play 10 key New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) battles and five non-conference games versus challenging regional opponents.
Trinity had one of its most memorable seasons in recent history last fall, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bantams had a roller coaster of a year, eventually winning 11 of their final 12 regular season games to finish fifth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 5-5 conference record. The Bantams earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they knocked off Gwynedd Mercy, 5-3, and stunned No. 6 Salisbury, 2-1 in overtime, to reach the quarterfinals where they ultimately fell to top-ranked Messiah College.
Trinity kicks things off with three straight road games to begin the season. The first comes on September 6 at Smith College before a September 8 tilt at Williams in the team's first NESCAC matchup of the year. The Bantams then take to Clinton, New York on September 15 to take on Hamilton College before returning home the following day for a 1 p.m. showdown versus Tufts University. The squad mixes in a road game at Keene State on September 30 before playing in four consecutive home games to close out the month of September. Colby (Sep. 22), Connecticut College (Sep. 26), Bates (Sep. 29) and New England (Sep. 30) all travel to Hartford before the Bantams open October with a pair of away games.
On October 3, the Bantams travel down the road to in-state NESCAC rival Wesleyan University for a 6 p.m. game under the lights. Trinity heads north to Brunswick, Maine over the weekend (Oct. 6) for a battle with Bowdoin before a three game homestand. Trinity welcomes Springfield to town on October 9 before a rematch of last year's NESCAC Semifinals against Middlebury on October 13. Trinity plays its final home game of the regular season on October 20 versus Wellesley where the team will honor the members of its senior class beforehand as part of Senior Day. The team concludes the regular season on October 24 at Amherst in a matchup that is sure to have playoff implications.