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Field Hockey Weekly Preview: NESCAC Semifinals

Field Hockey Weekly Preview: NESCAC Semifinals

THIS WEEK: The No. 14-ranked Trinity College field hockey team defeated No. 20 Amherst, 2-0, in the regular season finale before knocking off No. 17 Hamilton, 2-0, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Quarterfinals on Saturday to advance to this weekend's semifinals. The No. 5-seed Bantams travel to tournament host Middlebury on Saturday where they will face the top-ranked Panthers at 11 a.m. for the right to play in Sunday's conference championship game. 

MATCH-UPS:
Trinity (12-4) at Middlebury (15-1)
Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11:00 a.m.
Kohn Field
Middlebury, Vermont
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Middlebury Series History: The Bantams are 9-26 versus Middlebury since the first-ever meeting in 1984.
 
Recent history against the Panthers: The Bantams fell to the Panthers earlier this season, 2-0, in Hartford. Middlebury held Trinity to just two total shots during the game.
 
WEEKLY NOTES:

- Trinity leads the NESCAC and ranks fifth in the nation in GAA (0.50). The Bantams also lead the conference with 39 assists which equates to 2.44 assists per game, good for 16th-best in the country.  

- Senior co-captain Chandler Solimine leads the squad and ranks third in the conference with 34 points on 13 goals (T3rd in NESCAC) and eight assists (T6th in NESCAC).  Solimine scored her 12th goal of the season last week versus the Mammoths. 

- Junior Caroline Curtin is tied for third in the NESCAC with ten assists. She is 20th in the nation averaging 0.63 assists per game. Sophomore Kendall Brown is tied for ninth in the conference with nine goals this fall.

- Senior goaltender Lori Berger ranks fourth in the nation in GAA (0.50) after posting another shutout last week. She is tied for the top spot in the country in save percentage (.882) and has nine shutouts so far this fall. Berger's shutout versus Amherst set the program's new single-season mark.

- Junior Nicole Quinlan scored once in both of Trinity's games last week for four points. She recorded the game-winner in the team's regular season finale and netted the second goal in Trinity's NESCAC Quarterfinal win over Hamilton

- Trinity moved up from No. 17 to No. 14 in the country, in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) rankings this week. Undefeated Middlebury remains No. 1 in the country while a total of seven NESCAC teams appear in the top-20.  

- The Bantams are making their sixth overall appearance in the NESCAC Semifinals and second since 2014. The team will look to return to the conference championship game for the second consecutive year, after falling to Middlebury in last year's title game.