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Field Hockey Punches Postseason Ticket with Comeback Win in Season Finale

Field Hockey Punches Postseason Ticket with Comeback Win in Season Finale

Hartford, Conn. – Junior Kendall Brown (Rowayton, Conn.) scored with 2:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, lifting the Trinity College field hockey program to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory Tuesday evening. Despite the consistent rain through all four quarters, the Bantams (8-7, 3-7 NESCAC) fought back with its back against the wall, giving Amherst (8-7, 3-7 NESCAC) a heartbreaking league loss. 

Entering the evening, Amherst held a one-game advantage over the Bantams for eighth place; Trinity’s win mirrors Amherst’s 3-7 NESCAC record, giving Trinity the tiebreaker and securing the eighth and final postseason bid.

Additionally, Trinity recognized six seniors for their careers in a navy-and-gold uniform; Cara Bradley (East Lyme, Conn.), Callyn Cass (Summit, N.J.), Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.), Olivia Hoyda (Darien, Conn.), Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.), and Jordan Ragland (Westport, Conn.).

Playing a team on senior day isn’t easy, and the Mammoths took the wind out of Trinity’s sails early. Junior Franny Daniels (Essex, Conn.) took a feed from sophomore Sage Geyer (Madison, N.J.) and was able to squeeze through two defenders before uncorking a shot from just outside the crease to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead. 

After two quarters of empty scoring, Trinity’s offense came alive. Less than a minute into the final frame, the Bantams were awarded its second penalty corner of the half; initial shot from Brown forced the goaltender off her line, and Quinlan clapped the rebound in to tie the score at 1-1.

The Bantam defense stood strong ensuing the goal, and didn’t allow a shot through the final quarter. Feeling the momentum, Trinity struck once more, this time with less than three minutes remaining in the game. Sophomore Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) forced a turnover in the Bantam offensive end, made a move around a defender, and slid a pass onto the stick of Brown; the junior’s one-time rocket found the top-right corner of the net, securing the lead and the game for the Bantams.

Trinity out-possessed the Mammoths for the game’s duration, and the numbers proved it; the hosts didn’t allow an Amherst penalty corner, and allowed just one shot — the lone visitor goal — on the evening.

The Bantams have officially locked up the eighth seed in the NESCAC tournament, and will travel to the league’s top seed — which is still to be determined — on Saturday, November 2nd at 1 p.m.