Hartford, Conn. –Trinity College scored the game’s only goals in the second half, as the Bantams handed the visiting New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Colby College Mules a 2-0 loss in Trinity’s home opening field hockey game this afternoon on refurbished Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 19 in the nation, improves to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the NESCAC, while the Mules fall to 3-3 overall and 0-3 in the conference. Trinity hosts NESCAC rival Connecticut College in its next game on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and the Mules visit the Camels for a league contest tomorrow at 1 p.m.
The teams combined for 16 shots, including 11 by the Bantams, and six penalty corners in the first half but both came up empty. Trinity senior Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made four of her five saves in the opening stanza on her way to a second shutout in a row. Colby senior Riley Whitmyer (Bentleyville, Ohio) had seven saves in the first half and 15 for the game. Both Trinity goals came on centering passes from the wing to front of the cage, and Bantam senior co-captain Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) smacked in the first of them 16:19 after the break through Whitmyer’s legs. Trinity junior midfielder Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.) assisted on the game-winner, and sophomore Bailey Cunningham (Cheshire, Conn.) fed classmate Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) on a nearly identical play for the second goal with 2:25 left in the game. Solimine nearly scored again on a penalty stroke, but Whitmyer made a nice save with her blocker for one of her eight stops in the second half. Colby did threaten in the second half, as the Trinity defense held the Mules to a single shot after intermission.