Hartford, Conn., Nov. 6, 2008 - The No. 5-seeded Trinity College Bantams, which won at No. 4-seeded Amherst, 1-0, in overtime on Sunday to improve to 12-3, its best record since 1998, and earn its first trip to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Field Hockey Championship Semifinals, will play the top-seeded and undefeated Tufts University Jumbos in its semifinal game on Saturday., Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. Tufts, ranked No. 1 in the New England West Region, and No. 2 in the nation, has a 15-0 record after a 5-1 win against Colby on Sunday in its quarterfinal game. The Bantams, ranked No. 4 in the New England West and No. 9 nationally, dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime at home against Tufts a couple of weeks ago, have lost six games in a row to the Jumbos dating back to a 2-1, overtime win in 2003.
In the other NESCAC Semifinal Saturday, No. 2-seeded Bowdoin, ranked No. 2 in the New England West and No. 4 in the nation, faces No. 3-seeded Middlebury, ranked No. 6 in the nation, and the winners will play in the NESCAC Finals on Sunday, Nov. 9 at noon. The winner of the NESCAC Championship Tournament will determine the league's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Both the semifinals and final rounds will be played at Tufts.
Trinity, coached by Anne Parmenter (8th season) exacted revenge on Amherst, 1-0, in overtime in its quarterfinal game, after the Bantams had dropped a 2-1, overtime game against them last Friday in the regular season finale that cost Trinity a home game in the first round of the post-season. Bantam junior midfielder Lindsey Waddington (Granby, Conn.) knocked in the game's only goal and the first tally of her career, while freshman goalie Gina DiNallo (West Hartford, Conn.) recorded a shutout with five saves.
Trinity tops the NESCAC statistically on defense with 0.72 goals allowed per game (11, 3rd in nation). Trinity's two goalkeepers, sophomore Payden Sra (Pewaukee, Wisc.) and DiNallo, rank 1-2 in the league in save percentage and 1st and fourth, respectively, in goals against average. Sra saw the majority of the playing time early in the season, while DiNallo has taken over as the starter over the latter half of the schedule. Sra has 21 saves (.875 save percentage) and three goals allowed (0.50 GAA) in 421 minutes, while DiNallo boasts 54 saves (.871 save percentage, 2nd in nation) and eight goals allowed (0.86 GAA, 8th in nation) in 648 minutes in the cage. DiNallo has three shutouts, Sra has two, and the pair has combined for two more (7 team shutouts ranks 6th in nation). Senior co-captain Emily Skipp (Middlebury, Conn.) and senior Megan Hannigan (Rye, N.Y.) have anchored the defense in front of both goalies, holding opponents to less than 10 shots per game, and Hannigan leads the conference in defensive saves with six.
Senior co-captain forward Karli Del Rossi (Mantua, N.J.) is fourth the league lead with 0.87 assists per game (13) to go with two assists for 1.87 ppg (28, 7th in NESCAC). Bradley and fellow sophomore Robyn Williams (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) rank fourth and sixth, respectively, in the conference in assists with 0.57 per game (8) and 0.50 per game (7), while Bradley also has eight goals for 24 points and Williams also adds 0.71 goals per game (10, 9th in NESCAC) for 1.93 ppg (27, 8th in NESCAC). Junior F/M Carrie Wolcott (Hamilton, Mass.) has five goals and five assists for 15 points and senior M/D Christine Mwatarura (Helensvale, Zimbabwe) has three goals and two assists for eight points.