Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's ice hockey team, under the guidance of Head Coach Keith Maurice (3rd season) and senior co-captains Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) and Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.), closed the 2017-18 season with two wins in its final four contests after a slow start to the year. The Bantams went 4-5 in front of their home crowd and averaged 1.29 goals per game this winter. Despite their overall record, Trinity fought hard all season, dropping three games by just a single goal to put them at 7-16-1 on the year and 3-12-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). On the defensive end, the team recorded a pair of shutouts while six Bantam rookies saw action in nine or more games, setting the team up nicely to compete for the league crown for years to come.
Trinity played a tough schedule this season, starting the year 2-2. The Bantams dropped the season series to No. 4-ranked Middlebury in their first two games of the season, but rebounded nicely, picking up a sweep of Buffalo State to move to 2-2. Rookie Taylor Peracchio (Wayne, N.J.) who finished the season third on the team in scoring with 10 points (5g, 5a) scored the game-winner in a 1-0 triumph over the Bengals in the first game of the series before Trinity used three third period goals in game two to come away with a 4-2 victory to close out the month of November.
The Bantams lost their final three games of the 2017 calendar year, followed by five losses to begin the month of January, but answered with another two-straight wins in the middle of January to bounce back. Finn and fellow senior Caroline Howell (Lyme, N.H.) scored to lift the squad to a 2-1 victory over Manhattanville while sophomore goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) finished with 26 saves in her first career victory. Two days later, Trinity won another one goal game over Castleton State thanks to a pair of scores from Finn and one by Oganeku, who also tallied a pair of assists in the victory. Finn and Peracchio provided the offense in the team's first NESCAC win of the year, a 3-2 victory over Colby College on January 27th, before going 0-1-1 in the season series with Williams College. Trinity outscored in-state rival Wesleyan University, 5-1, to earn another series sweep in early February. In game one, rookie Julia Lee (Ferguson's Cove, N.S.) scored her first career goal and senior goaltender Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) posted a shutout with 17 saves to lead the way. Finn scored twice and Lee once in the team's 4-1 victory over the Cardinals the following day to pace the Bantams, but a pair of losses to Bowdoin in the final series of the year left the team just outside qualifying for the NESCAC Tournament.
Trinity was led offensively this winter by Finn, Oganeku and Peracchio who eached finished with double-digit points. Finn finished with 15 on ten goals and five assists while Oganeku scored three goals and led the team with eight assists. Senior Tasha Adams (Reston, Va.) capped off her college career with three goals and six assists, finishing as one of the league's top scoring blue-liners, while Lee was the fifth Bantam to finish with multiple goals. Karinna Cave-Hawkins (Edgewater, Md.), Abigail Riskevich (Shakopee, Minn.) and Kayla Milofsky (Concord, Mass.) all made immediate impacts as rookies, each finishing with multiple points while appearing in at least 20 games apiece. Belinskas finished her career among Trinity's all-time leaders in multiple goaltender marks, finishing third in appearances (73), second in minutes played (4410:41), third in total saves (2,023), third in wins (38), second in GAA (1.71), second in shutouts (15) and first in save percentage (.941).
The Bantams had a successful year academically as well, as Adams, Howell, Karpman, senior Kayla O'Connor (Springfield, Mass.) and sophomore Alex Sinson (Elm Grove, Wis.) were named to the NESCAC All-Academic team following the season thanks to their hard work in the classroom. Finn represented the team on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team thanks to her positive contributions to the game through sportsmanship.
Finn, Oganeku, Adams, Howell, Belinskas and O'Connor completed their Trinity hockey careers this winters, having helped the Bantams compile a 52-37-14 record during their tenure. In four seasons skating together they made three NESCAC Championship Tournament appearances, won three NESCAC Tournament games, one NESCAC Championship and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.