Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams lost, 1-0, against the Williams College Ephs in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 17 in the nation, drops to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the NESCAC with its first loss in three games. No. 14-ranked Williams improves to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the league with its third victory in a row. Trinity visits Endicott tomorrow at 1 p.m. in its next game, while the Ephs host St. John Fisher tomorrow at the same time.
The game started slowly with Trinity senior tri-captain Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.) firing the lone shot-on-goal that was saved by Williams’ goalie Abby Lloyd (Hightstown, N.J.) inside the final minute. Both Lloyd and Trinity rookie backstop (Emma Cropper (Wilton, Conn.) were forced to make early saves in the second stanza, but the game remained scoreless through the first half.
The Ephs broke through with the game’s only goal just under two minutes into the fourth quarter when Claire Fitzpatrick (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored from Kate Gregory (Andover, Mass.) on a penalty corner. The Bantams took three shots in the second half but none were on goal to leave Lloyd with just two saves, while Cropper finished with seven saves. The Bantams had a penalty corner in the final minute, but an Eph defender blocked the shot by Trinity junior forward Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.).