Hartford, Conn. - Senior captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) scored three times to lead the Trinity College field hockey team to a 5-0 shutout of Smith College in the Bantams' season opener at Robin Sheppard Field on Thursday night in Hartford. Trinity, ranked No. 10 in the country, starts the year 1-0 while the Pioneers fall to 1-2 after the setback. The Bantams return to action on Saturday at noon when they host Williams College in both teams' New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opener.
Finn led all players with three goals while juniors Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) and Alison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.) also got involved in the scoring action with a goal apiece. The story of the evening though was Trinity's defense that stifled the Pioneers offense all night, allowing just four shots on goal and one penalty corner. The Bantam back line, led by junior Madison Guiffre (Wellesley, Mass.), sophomore Callyn Cass (Summit, N.J.) and rookie Caroline Fisher (Kennett Square, Pa.), held Smith to just a single shot on goal in the first half as Trinity controlled possession for a majority of the first 35 minutes of play. Senior goaltender Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished the evening with four saves for her first clean sheet of the year.
Trinity came out of the gates aggressive, testing Smith starting goalie Cameo Tietje (Massapequa, N.Y.) early, but Tietje held strong to keep the Bantams off the board. That was, until the 20-minute mark when Trinity earned a penalty corner to set up their first score of the evening. Sophomore Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) inserted the ball off the corner to sophomore Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.) who set it for Finn who sent a missile past Tietje for her first goal of the season.
The Bantams doubled up their lead just over five minutes into the second frame when Solimine fired a shot that was saved by Tietje, but off the rebound, Solimine corralled the loose ball and flicked it into the open net. Finn scored her second goal of the game just three minutes later to make it a 3-0 game before Slowe got involved in the scoring action soon thereafter to give Trinity a commanding 4-0 advantage. The Bantams iced the game with 18 minutes left to go when Solimine, possessing the ball near the end line, found Finn in front of Smith's cage who made a cut left and fired a backhand shot into the back of the box.