Hartford, Conn. - Senior women's ice hockey and field hockey Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) was chosen as Trinity College's senior female athlete of the year (Trinity Club of Hartford Award) at the college's annual senior award ceremony last month, and was selected this week as one of 11 female athletes to be nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). A committee of conference administrators will select the NESCAC's representative for the award. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 28 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Trinity women's ice hockey, coached by Keith Maurice (3rd season), finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 7-16-1 overall record and in ninth place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 3-12-1 mark against conference teams. The Bantam field hockey squad, coached by Anne Parmenter (17th season), finished the 2017 season with a 14-7 record and finished tied with Williams for third place in the NESCAC with a 6-4 league mark. The Bantams advanced to the NESCAC Finals for the first time since 2009, winning, 3-1, at Hamilton, in the opening round and edging Williams, 3-2, in overtime in the semifinals at Middlebury before falling to the Panthers, 4-0, in the finals. Trinity qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the eighth time and the second year in a row, ousting Gwynedd Mercy, 5-3, in the NCAA First Round and Salisbury, 2-1, in overtime in the second round. Playing in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fifth time, the Bantams closed the year with a 5-0 setback at top-ranked Messiah.
Finn was a member of the Eta Sigma Phi Classics Honor Society, recognized with Trinity College Faculty Honors in the spring of 2016, and was the recipient of Trinity's 2016 James A. Notopoulos Latin Prize. Finn was also named to the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Academic Squad in 2017. On campus, Finn was a Latin and history teaching assistant for three years and also worked in the sports communications office. In 2016, Finn assisted organizing the women's ice hockey's charity game that raised over $11,000 for multiple sclerosis research. She was also a three-year participant in Trinity College's Do-It Day, volunteering in the greater Hartford Community in efforts to clean-up the city. In 2017, Finn was a teaching intern at St. Paul's School's Advanced Studies Program where she planned and instructed lessons, advised students and was a dorm supervisor. She also participated in the NESCAC Women's Coaching Symposium.
Finn led the Bantams on the ice in goals (10) scoring (15 points) to go along with five assists, a team-high four power-play goals, and a pair of game-winning goals in 22 games this winter. She finished her fine career on the ice with 34 goals and 27 assists for 61 points in 99 games. Finn was the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III and NESCAC Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and an All-NESCAC Field Hockey First Teamer in 2014, 2016, and this fall. She led the NESCAC with 29 goals (1.38 per game, 6th in nation) and in scoring with 68 points (3.24 per game, 5th in nation) and added 10 assists (0.48 per game, 4th in NESCAC) with 179 shots, eight game-winners, and four penalty-stroke goals in as many tries in 21 games on the turf for the Bantams. She scored seven goals, including the game-winner in overtime in the NESCAC Semifinals against Williams, and assisted on an eighth, giving her a hand in all six Trinity tallies in the NESCAC Tournament. She added three goals and two assists in the NCAA win over Gwynedd Mercy and Finn was named as the Synapse Sports National Offensive Player of the Week twice, the NESCAC Player of the Week three times, and to the NFHCA National Honor Roll once this autumn. Finn was the Synapse Sports Division III Field Hockey National Offensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2016. She received Synapse Sports All-American First Team twice, Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-American First Team and Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-New England West Regional First Team accolades three times each, and NFHCA All-Regional Second Team recognition in 2015. Also in 2014, Finn was the Synapse Sports National Division III Rookie of the Year and the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Finn has broken every Trinity offensive field hockey record in her career and became the first Bantam to amass 200 career points. She finished with 92 goals and 39 assists for 223 points with 500 shots, 24 game-winning tallies, and six goals on penalty strokes in eight attempts in 71 games (70 starts). Finn is an alum of Thayer Academy and graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in Classical Studies. She is the daughter of Linda and Frank Finn.
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