Trinity Field Hockey Qualifies For NCAA Tournament

Bantams Open Against Cabrini Wednesday

Hartford, Connecticut, November 8, 2016 – The Trinity College field hockey team, coached by Anne Parmenter (16th Season), has qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the seventh time, and will open the tourney at home on Wednesday, November 9 at 4:30 p.m. against Cabrini University.  The No. 10-ranked Bantams, are 12-4 and finished tied for second in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 7-3 league record.  Trinity received one of five at-large bids to the NCAA Tourney, having lost, 4-2, against Williams in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on October 29, and will be making its first NCAA appearance since 2009.  Tickets for Wednesday's game are $5 for adults, $3 for students, seniors, and children ages 12 and under. Trinity students will be admitted at no charge courtesy of the College's athletic department.

Cabrini is 12-7 and earned an automatic bid by winning the Colonial States Athletic Conference.  The winner of Wednesday's game will face Ursinus in the second round at Salisbury University in Maryland, and Saturday's winner will face either the host Salisbury Gulls, Elizabethtown, or Kenyon on Sunday, November 13 in an NCAA Quarterfinal game.  The Bantams played their way into the 2009 NCAA Quarterfinals, losing at Ursinus, 5-1, after receiving a first-round bye and downing Middlebury, 2-1, in the second round.  Trinity was also an NCAA Final Four participant in 1993 and 1998.

Trinity opened the season with wins in eight of its first nine games, before battling through a nine-day, four-game stretch that included wins against Springfield and then-No. 4-ranked Middlebury, a 1-0 road loss at then-No. 2-ranked Bowdoin, and a 4-2 setback against then-No. 5-ranked Tufts. The Bantams closed the regular campaign with a pair of NESCAC road wins versus Wesleyan and then-No. 8-ranked Amherst. Trinity is one of three NESCAC schools competing for the national title as Tufts won the league crown to earn an automatic bid and Middlebury was also an at-large selection.  Trinity has participated in the NCAA Tournament previously in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2008, and 2009, and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1993 and in 1998 when it was also held at William Smith College. The Bantams are 3-1 against the tournament field with a 3-2 win at Keene State, the victory over Middlebury, a 3-2 victory against New England, and a 4-3 loss to Tufts.

Trinity is second in the NESCAC offensively with 3.25 goals per game, and Kelcie Finn leads the conference in scoring with 3.62 ppg (58),  goals with 1.50 per game (24), and assists with 0.62 assists per contest (10, tied). Sophomore forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) is fourth in the league in scoring with 2.38 ppg (38) and tied for fourth in goals with 0.94 per game (15) and assists with 0.50 per game (8).  Finn and Solimine have accounted for 75 percent of Trinity's goals and scored 11 of 12 game-winners this fall.  Sophomore midfielder Allison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.) adds four goals and six assists for 14 points, including both tallies against Williams in the NESCAC Quarterfinals, and rookie midfielder Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) boasts two goals and three assists for seven points.   Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who joined the team in her third year at the College after serving as a backup ice hockey goalie for some of her first two years, has allowed 28 goals in 1,124 minutes for a 1.74 GAA to go with 104 saves and a .788 save percentage (2nd in NESCAC). Sophomore Molly Reilly (Bethesda, Md.) and first-year Callyn Cass (Summit, N.J.) anchor the defense, while three senior tri-captains, F/M Sydney Doolittle (Milford, Conn.), midfielder Mia Olsen (Granby, Conn.), and D/M Mackenzie Taskey (Bethesda, Md.) give the Bantams several solid, versatile and experienced starters.

Cabrini, coached by Jackie Neary (21st Season), seeks its first win in the NCAA Tournament in its fourth appearance, having lost at Geneseo State, 3-2, last winter. The Cavaliers are led offensively by senior forward Taylor Mack (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points and junior M/F Maddy Worley (Ridley Park. Pa.) with 17 goals and one assist.  Cabrini junior Taylor Bookman (Philadelphia, Pa.) has a 2.58 GAA and has made 82 saves for a .636 save percentage in the cage.  The Cavaliers are 1-2 against NCAA teams with a 4-3 win against TCNJ, a 6-1 loss to Montclair State and a 6-0 setback against Salisbury. Trinity and Cabrini do not have a common opponent this fall.

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