The Trinity College women's soccer team, which won against Westfield State, 3-1, on Tuesday to improve to 8-0 for its best start since 1981, has entered the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Division III National Poll at No. 13 and the D3Soccer.com National Poll at No. 19. The Bantams, coached by Michael Smith (17th Season), will host the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) game on Saturday, October 5 at noon.
Trinity received 38 votes in the previous week's polls after shutting out its first three NESCAC opponents and winning, 6-1, at Manhattanville. Last week, Trinity downed Albertus Magnus, 4-1, and took a pair of NESCAC road victories, 2-1, at Bates on Saturday and, 3-1, at Tufts on Sunday. Tuesday's win over Westfield State was the first in eight all-time meetings against them (1-6-1), and made the Bantams one of just four undefeated and untied teams in all of NCAA Division III. The Bantams, which have a nine-game winning streak dating back to the last game of 2012, are also ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA Division III New England Poll, while Bowdoin is ranked No. 5 in the region.
Trinity ranks second in the NESCAC in scoring with 2.86 goals per game, while sophomore forward Abbey Lake (Westport, Conn.), junior forward Karyn Barrett (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), and junior midfielder Elisa Dolan (Bethesda, Md.) rank third, sixth, and eighth, respectively, in the league in scoring. Lake has a team-high 15 points on six goals (3rd in NESCAC) and three assists (6th in NESCAC), while Barrett has 10 points on three goals and four assists (2nd in NESCAC), and Dolan has nine points on three goals and three assists (T3rd in NESCAC). Both Lake and Dolan have been named as NESCAC Player of the Week once this fall.
Sophomore goalkeeper Monica DiFiori (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) has been solid with 25 saves and a .833 save percentage and just five goals allowed for a 0.65 GAA with three shutouts. The Bantam backfield, led by junior Maggie Crowe (Lowell, Mass.), sophomores Julia Leahy (Hingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Thomas (Stonington, Conn.), and first-year Sheena Landy (Durham, Conn.), has yielded less than 10 shots per game. Fellow rookies Laura Nee (Duxbury, Mass.) and Kendra Lena (Madison, Conn.) have both started every game in the Bantam midfield, and sophomore forward Alexa Menard (Wallingford, Conn.) has also started all eight games. The team's lone senior Kristen Elia (Erie, Pa.) provides exemplary leadership with fellow tri-captains Dolan and junior McKenzie Jones (Wayland, Mass.).
The photo is of Monica DiFiori ’16, who posted shutouts in her first three NESCAC starts this fall.
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