Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams closed out the 2018 regular season with a dominant performance on the road against the Amherst College Mammoths, winning, 2-0, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in field hockey action this evening on Gooding Field. Trinity, ranked No. 17 in the nation, finishes the regular campaign at 11-4 overall and tied with Bowdoin and Hamilton for fourth place in the NESCAC with a 6-4 mark against league clubs. The No 20-ranked Mammoths end up at 10-5 overall and seventh in the conference at 5-5 with their first loss in five games. The Bantams, which beat the Mammoths for the third-straight year and win at Amherst for the third time in a row, will be the No. 5 seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament due to tiebreaking rules and will visit No. 4-seeded Hamilton, also ranked No. 14 nationally, in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. No. 7-seeded Amherst plays at No. 2-seeded Tufts on the same day at the same time in its playoff opener.
The game began slowly with just one wide Trinity shot taken between the teams over the first 14 minutes, before a Bantam barrage in front of the cage resulted in a 1-0 lead for the visitors with 21:35 left in the first half. Trinity senior co-captain forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) was denied twice and first-year midfielder Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) once from close by Amherst senior goalkeeper Katie Savage (Amston, Conn.), but Bantam junior midfielder Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) broke through with the third rebound for the first goal of the contest. Trinity struck again quickly with a breakaway goal by Solimine, who deked Savage in front of the cage before flipping the ball into the empty goal. Amherst nearly cut its deficit in half late in the first stanza, but Trinity rookie defender Christine Taylor (Westport, Conn.) blocked a vicious blast by Mammoth senior Kendall Codey (Summit, N.J.) from the top of the circle on a penalty corner. Trinity sophomore Caroline Fisher (Kennett Square, Pa.) made a nice feed to Solimine on the other end moments later, but Savage made a clutch stop on the airborne attempt right before the break.
Trinity outshot Amherst, 9-2, in the first half and, 7-2, in the scoreless second half. There were fewer scoring chances overall after halftime, although Solimine just missed from 10 yards away in transition after slicing her way through the Mammoth defense midway through the second session. Amherst played most of the final six minutes short-handed after a green card, but allowed just one Bantam shot over that span. Sophomore forward Fran Daniels (Essex, Conn.) hit the post in the final minute, and junior midfielder Laura Schwartzman (Darien, Conn.) was blocked on the rebound by Taylor to preserve the shutout. Savage finished with 11 saves and Trinity senior Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) needed just one for her College-record 10th clean sheet of the fall.
"We are very excited to go one better in wins this year over last," said Trinity Head Coach Anne Parmenter. "I am so proud of only giving up eight goals in the regular season. That is the lowest in my career for sure and we also had also had 10 shutouts. Our goalkeeper, Lori Berger, has been outstanding."