Hartford, Conn. - The No. 10-ranked Trinity College field hockey team dropped a 3-2 game to the Williams College Ephs on Saturday afternoon in the first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup of the season for both sides. The Bantams fall to 1-1 after the setback while Williams begins the season 1-0. Trinity returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Hamiton at 11 a.m. at Sheppard Field.
Williams won the shot battle, 19-13, but the Bantams controlled possession for a large part of the day, earning eight penalty corners compared to just three by Williams. Eph senior Alex Bennett (Rye, N.Y.) led the way for Williams with a pair of goals and an assist while junior goaltender Emma Santucci (Rye, N.Y.) made six saves en route to her first win of the season. Trinity senior goalkeeper Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made 10 saves on the day and senior co-captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) and junior Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) each scored once and had an assist, but the Bantams could not erase a two-goal halftime deficit.
Bennett scored right out of the gate for Williams in the first half, giving the visitors a 1-0 advantage less than five minutes into the game. Bennett doubled the Eph lead just over five minutes later thanks to an assist from classmate Hannah Goodrick (Darien, Conn.) which stood as the score as the teams entered the halftime break.
Solimine found Finn who scored her fourth goal of the season 2:37 into the second half to cut the deficit to one. Williams responded though, just over a minute later when Bennett connected with junior Meredith Wright (Duxbury, Mass.) who beat Berger, giving the Ephs a 3-1 lead. Finn returned the favor to Solimine with 19 minutes left to make it a 3-2 game, but Williams' defense held strong the rest of the way to seal the one-goal victory.