Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams dominated wire-to-wire against the visiting University of New England Nor'easters in a 5-0 field hockey victory this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 18 in the nation, improves to 6-2 overall with its fifth win in a row, while the Nor'easters lose for the first time in seven games to fall to 6-5. Trinity visits New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Wesleyan on Wednesday at 6 p.m., while New England hosts Endicott on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The Trinity defense did not allow a New England shot until less than five minutes remained in the first half, and led, 2-0, at the break. Bantam senior co-captain forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) blasted in the first goal on a penalty corner 11:38 into the game that was inserted by junior midfielder Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) and stopped by junior midfielder Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.). Trinity sophomore forward Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) scored the second goal on a rebound with 9:22 on the clock, after New England sophomore goalie Liz Sargent (South Burlington, Vt.) had made one of her 13 saves on a bid by Bantam sophomore Caroline Fisher (Kennett Square, Pa.).
In the second half, Sargent held off the relentless Trinity offense early with four saves in the first four minutes but Solimine fed Quinlan for the third Trinity goal after a hard shot by junior forward Jordan Ragland (Westport, Conn.) was blocked. Trinity continued to pressure the Nor'easter defense throughout the second stanza, taking 19 shots and earning eight penalty corners, and senior co-captain defender Aly Slowe (Medfield, Mass.) and Fisher scored goals just 1:08 apart late in the game.
Trinity finished with a 29-to-5 shooting advantage and 12-to-2 edge on penalty corners, while improving to 4-0 all-time against New England. Senior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) needed to make just one save behind Slowe, sophomore Ellie Tate (Carlisle, Pa.) and rookies Elizabeth Provost (Sudbury, Mass.) and Christine Taylor (Westport, Conn.) on the Trinity back line, as the Bantams collected their fifth-consecutive shutout. Berger has not allowed a goal in her last 378 minutes in the cage. Solimine paced the Bantam offense with a goal and two assists, while Fisher and Quinlan both finished with one goal and one assist.