Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College field hockey team, led by Head Coach Anne Parmenter (18th Season), enters the season ranked No. 9 nationally in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Preseason Coaches Poll ahead of its season opener on the road at Smith on Thursday, September 6 at 6 p.m. Trinity had another memorable season last fall, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in their second consecutive NCAA appearance and will face no less than six of the nation's top 20 teams this fall. Trinity will be led this fall by senior co-captains Ally Slowe (Medfield, Mass.) and Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.), who have both been New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference selections two years in a row. The Bantams will have to replace two-time National Player of the Year Kelcie Finn '18, but the team returns a core unit from last fall that put up nearly 16 shots per game and with a group of rookies ready to make an immediate impact, the Bantams excited for another deep post-season run.
"Given the challenge of oppressively hot and humid weather, we are enjoying our new turf which has helped raised our skill level,"said Parmenter. "Our goal this year is the same as always. We expect to compete for the NESCAC title and get back to the NCAA Tournament."
The Bantams return seven players who found the back of the cage last fall, led by Solimine who finished second on the team with 28 points on 11 goals and six assists to rank among the best scorers in the NESCAC. The two-time NFHCA All-Regional honoree has averaged 11 goals per season through her first three years, and will shoulder the scoring load along with exciting sophomore forward Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.). Brown notched seven goals and adding two assists to finish third on the team as a rookie and appears poised for a breakout campaign in 2018. She will look to make another jump this fall offensively, as will juniors Jordan Ragland (Westport, Conn.) and Cara Bradley (East Lyme, Conn.) and sophomore Caroline Fisher (Kennett Square, Pa.) also have playmaking potential up front. Parmenter expects a more balanced but equally potent attack this autumn.
Slowe, also a two-time NFHCA All-Regional selection, anchors the Bantam defense which has a young but deep group of returners battling it out for starting roles. She is also an offensive contributor with nine goals and as many assist over three seasons. Trinity sophomore defenders Jessica Midlige (Bernardsville, N.J.) and Ellie Tate (Carlisle, Pa.) are returning starters, while juniors Callyn Cass (Summit, N.J.) and Olivia Hoyda (Darien, Conn.) are veterans with loads of experience. The first-year class will further bolster the Trinity back line in front of senior goalkeeper Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) who is back for her third season in the cage. Berger collected All-NESCAC and NFHCA All-Regional recognition after finishing second in the conference with a .764 save percentage and allowing just 42 goals for a 1.98 GAA. Berger, who has won 27 games in two seasons, is backed up by sophomore Sydney Olstein (Old Lyme, Conn.).
Juniors Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.) and Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) are the leaders of a talented Trinity midfield, as the pair combined for 26 points a year ago. Quinlan tied for the team lead in assists with 10, which was also fourth in the NESCAC, and added a pair of goals, while Curtin had three goals and six assists despite missing nine games with an injury. Sophomore Katherine Devaney (Andover, Mass.) showed considerable promise as a rookie starter in 2017, while classmate Bailey Cunningham (Cheshire, Conn.) appears ready to make an impact in her second season. Midfield is another position where help has arrived in the Bantam first-year class.