Trinity Field Hockey Senior Captains Post .710 Winning Percentage Over College Careers
Hartford, Conn., June 23, 2012- The Trinity field hockey squad, coached by Anne Parmenter (11th Season), posted an 11-5 overall record in 2011, finishing in fifth place in the NESCAC with a 6-4 league mark. The Bantams qualified for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament for the seventh time and the fourth year in a row, defeating Tufts, 2-1, in overtime to advance to its fourth consecutive NESCAC Semifinals. Trinity fell, 2-0, to eventual champions Bowdoin, in the semifinal matchup.
The Bantams started their campaign strong, winning six of their first seven games and outscoring opponents, 14-4, during that stretch. The Bantams went 3-3 over their next six games, including a 3-2 loss at then-No. 9-ranked Tufts and a 5-1 loss at then-No. 10-ranked Middlebury, before capping off a 10-4 regular season with a 2-1 triumph in at Wesleyan. In the playoff win at No. 4-seeded Tufts, the No. 5-seeded Bantams received one goal from junior forward Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) and the clincher from senior captain forward Caroline Snite (Philadelphia, Pa.) to go with a six-save effort over 90-plus minutes in the cage by senior captain goalkeeper Gina Dinallo (West Hartford, Conn.). Dinallo finished second in the NESCAC in save percentage at .821 (12th in nation) and third in GAA with a mark of 1.04 (13th in nation). Snite, who also scored the clincher at Wesleyan, earned NESCAC Player of the Week and Synapse Sports womensfieldhockey.com National Honor Roll recognition for her fine performance in both games.
Senior captain defender Payson Sword (Princeton, N.J.) was named to All-NESCAC First Team, while Dinallo and Snite each earned a spot on the All-NESCAC Second Team. Snite was also a 2011 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-New England West Region First Team honoree, while Dinallo and sophomore midfielder Julia Rivera (Silver Spring, Md.) both graced the NFHCA All-New England West Region Second Team. In addition, Dinallo represented Trinity field hockey on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team and was selected for and played in the NFHCA Division III Senior Game, before closing her career as the College's top senior female athlete with her selection as the 2012 Trinity Club of Hartford Award recipient at the annual Trinity Athletic Awards Reception in May. Sword earned the team's MVP Award, while sophomore Paula Shea (Longmeadow, Mass.) and first-year Courtney Wynne (Darien, Conn.) shared the Most Improved Player Award, junior forward Alanna Capasso (Weston, Mass.) and sophomore defender Sarah Duncan (Dedham, Mass.) wer ethe co-winners of the Unsung Hero Award, and Snite collected the Appleby Award for her unparalleled dedication to the team. Dinallo, Rivera, and sophomore midfielder Lyndsey Shepard (Hamilton, Mass.) were all selected to the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team, and the trio was joined by junior Lauren Slattery (Westford, Mass.), and first-years Sophie Doering (Darien, Conn.), Dana Engle (Providence, R.I.), Schuyler Giordano (Bedminster, N.J.), and Catherine Read (Skillman, N.J.) on the SGI/NFHCA National Academic Squad. Trinity also graced the SGI/NFHCA honorable mention list for maintaining a team g.p.a. of 3.0 or better.
Trinity's four captains completed their collegiate careers for the Bantams in 2011 having helped Trinity compile a 49-20 record (.710) with four straight post-seasons, NCAA Quarterfinals appearances in 2008 and 2009, and the team's first-ever appearance in the NESCAC Finals in 2009. Dinallo finishes her fine career with 388 saves (5th all-time at Trinity) and a 42-20 record (2nd all-time win total at Trinity) in the cage, while Sword set a new College record for games played with 67 in her career. Dinallo was a three-time All-NESCAC and All-Region selection and a two-time All-American, and Sword was a three-time All-NESCAC and a two-time All-American selection.