Hartford, Conn. – Senior tri-captain forward Jordan Ragland (Westport, Conn.) had three goals and an assist to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Smith College Pioneers in field hockey action this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 12 in the nation, wins its ?th-consecutive season opener, while the Pioneers, who had received votes in the national poll, drops to 1-2 with its second loss in a row. Trinity visits Colby in its next game on Saturday, September 14 at 11 a.m. to open New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play. Smith plays next at Connecticut College on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
After a scoreless first half that saw Trinity outshoot the Pioneers, 14-1, the home squad wasted no team with Ragland scoring the game’s first goal unassisted with 11:03 left in the third quarter. Each team had an unsuccessful penalty corner over the next eight minutes, before Ragland fed senior tri-captain forward Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) for another Bantam goal with just under four minutes left before the final break.
In the fourth quarter, Smith cut its deficit in half on a penalty corner with Victoria Mellow (San Diego, Calif.) assisting Maddie Ryan (Scituate, Mass.) just 2:37 into play. The Bantams answered just 24 seconds later when senior tri-captain forward Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.) fed Ragland to make it, 3-1. Ragland completed her hat trick with a goal off a rebound of her own shot with 3:27 on the clock, and sophomore forward India Shay (Southborough, Mass.) netted her first career tally from Brown to round out the scoring late in the contest.
Trinity junior Sydney Olstein (Lyme, Conn.) made two saves to win her first career start, while Channy Cornell (Arlington, Texas) had five stops for the Pioneers. Trinity finished with a 29-to-3 shooting advantage and a 9-to-2 edge on penalty corners. The teams and fans had a moment of silence before the game to remember former Trinity field hockey goalie Sabrina Milone ’20, who passed away tragically over the summer.