Trinity Field Hockey Jumps Into National Rankings At No. 17

Bantams Host Top-Ten NESCAC Squads Middlebury And Tufts This Weekend

​Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College field hockey team, which upended NCAA Defending Champion Bowdoin, 1-0, in overtime on Saturday, October 4 to improve to 7-2 overall and move into a first-place tie with the Polar Bears and the Middlebury College Panthers with a 4-1 league mark, have entered the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Nationall Poll for the first time this season as the No. 17-ranked team.  The Bantams, coached by Anne Parmenter (15th Season), will host No. 3-ranked Middlebury on Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m. and the No. 7-ranked Tufts University Jumbos the next day at noon.  Trinity received 188 points in the poll, while top-ranked Salisbury had 991 points and No. 16-ranked DePauw had 226 points.

Trinity opened the year with a two-game, 15-goal onslaught against Mass.-Dartmouth (9-0) and in its NESCAC opener at Hamilton (6-0), but suffered a 2-1 setback at league foe Williams on September 13 and a 1-0 loss in double overtime against No. 9-ranked Wellesley four days later. The Bantams' current five-game winning streak followed, beginning with a 3-2 triumph in overtime against Colby and also including shutouts at Keene State (3-0) and against Bates (2-0) and a 6-3 win at Babson entering last weekend.  In the Bowdoin game, first-year forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) scored the game's only marker a little over three and a half minutes into overtime and junior goalkeeper Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) made a season-high 14 saves to pick up her fourth shutout of the season.  Fitzpatrick was honored as the NESCAC Co-Player of the Week and the ECAC Division III New England Player of the Week for her fine performance.

The Trinity offense ranks third in the NESCAC with 3.67 goals per game (15th in nation), while Finn is the league's top scorer with a conference-best 15 goals (2nd in nation) and three assists for 33 points (4th in nation).  Senior co-captain defender Sophie Doering (Darien, Conn.) is tied for third in the NESCAC and seventh nationally with seven assists, and Fitzpatrick ranks second in the league in save percentage at .870 (12th in nation) and third in GAA at 0.81 (15th in nation). Doering, who has also scored three times, leads the defensive backfield in front of Fitzpatrick that has yielded less than 10 shots per game and also includes senior co-captain Courtney Wynne (Darien, Conn.) and junior Elizabeth Caporale (Glastonbury, Conn.).  Junior forward Olivia Tapsall (Greenwich, Conn.) adds four goals and four assists, and rookie forward Brenna Hobin (Madison, Conn.) has five goals to give Trinity four double-digit scorers.

Penn Monto/NFHCA Nationall Poll