Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams enter the 2019 field hockey season as the No. 12-ranked team in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Pre-Season Poll. Under the direction of Hall of Fame Head Coach Anne Parmenter, Trinity is coming off another fine season but with a disappointing finish that included a 1-0 loss at 2018 National Champion Middlebury in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Semifinals and did not include a third-straight bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament despite a 12-5 final record and a No. 13 final national ranking. Beginning with Saturday's opener at 11 a.m. against Smith, which received 26 votes in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Pre-Season Poll, the Bantams will look to make an even deeper playoff run this year with leadership provided by senior tri-captains Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.), Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.), and Jordan Ragland (Westport, Conn.).
Trinity should feature a high-powered offense with several scoring options eager to make up for the loss of 2018 NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year Chandler Solimine '19. Curtin, who led Trinity in assists with 10 from her midfield spot in 2018, moves up to forward this fall in a move that Coach Parmenter hopes will give her more goal-scoring chances. Junior forward Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) is Trinity's top returning scorer with 22 points on 10 goals and two assists last season and 17 goals in her two years as a Bantam. Ragland is a proven veteran up front with five career goals, while classmate Cara Bradley (East Lyme, Conn.) provides quality depth. Quinlan is one of the league's top returning midfielders with three years of starting experience on Trinity's left side. She had five goals and four assists last season and boasts nine goals and 18 assists in her career. Sophomore Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) enjoyed a solid rookie fall and has emerged as the team's quarterback in the middle with impressive play in pre-season. Junior midfielder Bailey Cunningham (Cheshire, Conn.) has earned herself a spot her speed and toughness. All the veterans will face competition from members of the first-year class.
Defensively, four dependable returnees should make up a formidable back line determined to limit their opponents' corners and scoring opportunities. Junior Ellie Tate (Carlisle, Pa.) has started 32 games in her first two seasons, and sophomore Elizabeth Provost (Sudbury, Mass.) builds on a stellar rookie campaign at right and left back, respectively. Sophomore Christine Taylor (Westport, Conn.) is back at center back after starting every game leading the Bantams with three defensive saves in 2018, while junior Caroline Munn (Garden City, N.Y.) has proven herself ready to take over as the Trinity sweeper. Seniors Callyn Cass (Summit, N.J.) and Olivia Hoyda (Darien, Conn.) give the Bantams veteran defensive depth. All-American goalkeeper Lori Berger '19 has left after three seasons, but junior Sydney Olstein (Lyme, Conn.) and first-years Emma Cropper (Wilton, Conn.) and Lucy Larkin (Dover, Mass.) are in a spirited competition to fill those shoes.