Trinity Field Hockey Drops Tight NESCAC Opener At Williams

Trinity Field Hockey Drops Tight NESCAC Opener At Williams

Williamstown, Mass. - Rachel Brissette had two goals and two assists, including the game-winner to break a 3-3 tie with 16:47 left in the second half, leading the Williams College Ephs to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opener for both teams this afternoon.  Both teams are 1-1 overall.  Trinity sophomore forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) scored twice, tying the game at 3-all with her second marker unassisted with 18:15 remaining in the contest.

Both teams came out with a strong, fast-paced start, but it was Trinity who struck first only 4:46 minutes into the game. Solimine dribbled into the circle from the left side, meeting Eph goalie Margaret Draper directly at the cage. Once in close to the net, she forced a shot past Draper to put the Bantams on the board.  The Ephs  responded minutes later when Brissette got the ball inside the circle on the right side and centered a pass to teammate, Meredith Wright. Wright collected the pass and quickly shot to the far left side of the net, sneaking the ball by the Bantams goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
 
There was considerable back-and-forth action for the rest of the half resulting in several scoring chances for both teams. At 30:44, Williams received a penalty corner, which allowed the Ephs to strike again. Off the corner, Brissette sent the ball to junior, Alex Bennett who took a shot from the top of the circle towards the net. Berger stopped Bennett’s original shot, but the rebound popped back out to Brissette who scored at 31:34.  Brissette struck again on a penalty corner at the one-minute mark of the first half, assisting Bennett for a goal from the top of the circle.  The Bantams answered moments later, as junior forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) collected a through ball in the center of the circle and in a single motion, spun around and one-timed a backhand shot into the back of the net to make the score, 3-2, in Williams' favor at the break.
 
To tie the game, Solimine dribbled into the circle on the left side of the field and fired quickly past Williams goalie Margaret Draper. Moments later, Brissette netted the clincher on a rebound, however, for the Ephs' second win over the Bantams in a row.  The shot totals were close with Williams finishing with a slight 10-to-9 advantage, but the Ephs had 10 penalty corners to just for for the Bantams. Berger made six saves and Draper stoped five Trinity bids.