Field Hockey's Dinallo Claims Trinity Club Of Hartford Award
Hartford, Conn., June 14, 2012 - Trinity College field hockey senior captain defender Payson Sword (Princeton, N.J.) was named to the 2011 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference First Team, while senior captain goalkeeper Gina Dinallo (West Hartford, Conn.) and senior captain forward Caroline Snite (Philadelphia, Pa.) 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 was selected for and played in the NFHCA Division III Senior Game on November 19 at Nichols College, and closed 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.
Trinity, coached by Anne Parmenter (11th Season), finished the 2011 season with an 11-5 overall record and finished in fifth place in the NESCAC with a 6-4 league mark. Trinity qualified for its seventh NESCAC Championship Tournament and its fourth in a row, and won, 2-1, in overtime at Tufts to advance to its fourth consecutive NESCAC Semifinals. The Bantams lost at eventual champion Bowdoin, 2-0, in the semifinal game.
Sword, a three-time All-NESCAC and a two-time All-American selection, started and played in all 15 games on defense for the Bantams, finishing with two goals and three assists for seven points and one game-winning tally. Also a 2008 womensfieldhockey.com National All-Rookie Team selection, Sword plays ice hockey for the Bantams each winter. She closes her fine career with 24 goals and 13 assists for 61 points, 10 game-winning goals, and one defensive save in a College-record 67 games. Sword is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and is majoring in political science and psychology at Trinity. She is the daughter of Elizabeth and Richard Sword.
Snite had five goals and four assists for 14 points in 16 games and 14 starts this fall at forward, including a pair of game-winning goals. Snite was the lone Bantam to earn NESCAC Player of the Week honors in 2011. She finishes her fine career with seven goals and eight assists for 22 points with three game-winners in 49 games. A graduate of the Penn Charter School, Snite is majoring in economics with a minor in architecture at Trinity. She is the daughter of Julie Conover and Jack Snite.
Dinallo, a three-time All-NESCAC and All-Region selection and a two-time All-American, totaled 78 saves for an .821 save percentage (2nd in NESCAC, 13th in nation) in the cage in 2011. Dinallo played totaled 1,143 minutes in goal with an 11-5 record, 17 goals allowed for a 1.04 GAA (3rd in NESCAC, 13th in nation), and a pair of shutouts. The 2009 NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and National All-Rookie Team selection as a rookie in 2008, Dinallo led the Parmenter-coached team to victory in a Senior Game with a 1-0 shutout victory. She finishes her fine career with 77 goals allowed for a 1.20 GAA and 388 saves for a .834 save percentage with a 42-20 record (2nd all-time at Trinity in wins) and 13 shutouts in 4,482 minutes and 66 games in the Trinity cage. Dinallo was also a goalkeeper for the Bantam lacrosse team, and is a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree for field hockey and lacrosse. A graduate of William H. Hall High School and a biology major at Trinity, she is the daughter of Susan and Russell Dinallo.
Rivera recorded three assists while starting all 16 games in the midfield this fall. She is also a member of the National Team in Puerto Rico. Rivera was a 2010 NFHCA All-Academic and a 2011 NESCAC All-Academic selection. A graduate of the National Cathedral School, Rivera is majoring in economics and sociology with a minor in urban studies at Trinity. She is the daughter of Becky and Ismael Rivera.