Biddeford, Maine- Junior forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) scored on the last play of the game to lift the Trinity College Bantams to a 4-3 victory over University of New England in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday at the Big Blue Turf Stadium. Trinity improves to 4-4 with its third consecutive victory, while the Nor'easters drop to 7-4 on the year. The Bantams return to action on Wednesday, October 4th, for a non-conference matchup against Keene State on Robin Sheppard Field at 6 p.m.
The Bantams and the Nor'easters battled back and forth in the first half with the lead changing hands three times before ending 3-2 in favor of University of New England. The Nor'easters found the back of the cage first when Kendra MacDonald (Lebanon, N.H.) finished a breakaway pass from Alex Staples (Alfred, Maine) in the seventh minute. The Bantams fought back and earned a penalty corner in the 25th minute that led to their first goal by first-year Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.), assisted by Solimine. Four minutes later, Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) tucked in a rebound shot by senior captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) to put Trinity up, 2-1. The Nor'easters closed out the half strongly with a pair of goals by senior captain Vonde Saunders (Center Conway, N.H.) in the 33rd and 35th minute, her 10th and 11th goal of the season, to take a one-goal lead into the half.
The Bantams came out with early pressure in the second half, putting two shots on goal, but Nor'easter goalie Liz Sargent (South Burlington, Vt.) stopped back-to-back shots from Finn. The Bantams trailed for the majority of the second half until Brown tied it up in the 67th minute with her second goal of the game. Then, in the final seconds of the game, Solimine flipped in the game-winning goal on a time-out corner to lift the Bantams to victory.
The Bantams outshot the Nor'easters 24-14 and earned ten penalty corners compared to five for University of New England. Senior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) picked up her fourth win of the year in net for Trinity, making seven saves on the day, while Sargent logged a season-best eleven saves. Trinity's defense, led by juniors Madison Guiffre (Wellesley, Mass.) and Alison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.), and rookies Ellie Tate (Carlisle, Pa.) and Jessie Midlige (Bernardsville, N.J.), held strong to minimize the Nor'easters attack.