Hartford, Conn. - The No. 5-seeded Trinity College field hockey team topped the No. 4-seeded Hamilton College Continentals, 3-1, on Saturday in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Quarterfinals to advance to the NESCAC Championship Final Four this weekend at top-seeded Middlebury. In the semifinals, the Bantams face the No 3-seeded Williams College Ephs on Saturday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m., following the other semifinal match between the host Panthers and the No. 7-seeded Bowdoin College Polar Bears. Williams won its quarterfinal game, 4-2, against No. 6-seeded Amherst Saturday to earn the right to play Trinity. Saturday's winners will play in the NESCAC Finals on Sunday, November 5 at noon. The winner of the NESCAC Championship Tournament will determine the league's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
Trinity, coached by Anne Parmenter (17th Season), is making its sixth overall appearance in the NESCAC Semifinals but its first since 2014. After starting the season 1-4, the Bantams have won 10 of their last 11 games for an 11-5 season mark, and they look the reach the NESCAC Finals for the second time. Trinity hosted the tournament as the top seed but lost to Tufts, 3-2, in the finals in 2009. Bantam senior co-captain forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.), the 2016 NESCAC Player of the Year, scored twice, including the unassisted game-winner, and added an assist in the win at Hamilton. Junior forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) also scored on Saturday, while sophomore midfielder Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) added an assist, and junior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made six saves in the Trinity cage. Finn was honored as the NESCAC Player of the Week for the third time this fall and the second week in a row for her tremendous play at Hamilton and in a 4-0 win over Amherst in the regular-season finale. The Bantams are ranked No. 4 New England and No. 16 in the nation, while Williams is No. 2 in New England and No. 7 nationally.
Trinity is fourth in the NESCAC offensively with 2.3 goals per game, and Finn leads the conference and ranks sixth nationally in scoring with 3.31 ppg (53) and goals with 1.44 per game (23) to go with 0.44 assists per contest (7, T5th in NESCAC). Quinlan and fellow sophomore midfielder Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.) are tied for fourth in the league in assists with 0.50 (per game), as Curtin has scored three goals with six assists for 12 points in 12 games and Quinlan adds two goals and eight assists for 12 points in 16 games. Solimine, an all-league honoree a year ago, is another potent scorer with nine goals and five assists this fall, and first-year forward Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) has five goals and one assist for 11 points to give the Bantams five double-digit scorers. Junior Alison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.), also a 2016 All-NESCAC selection, anchors the Trinity defense, along with classmate Madison Guiffre (Wellesley, Mass.) and rookies Jessica Midlidge (Bernardsville, N.J.) and Ellie Tate (Carlisle, Pa.). Slowe also has two goals and two assists on the offensive end and Guiffre leads the Bantams with four defensive saves. Berger ranks third in the conference with a .795 save percentage and has allowed 26 goals in 1,120 minutes for a 1.62 GAA to go with 101 saves in her second year as the starter in the Trinity cage. First-year Katherine Devaney (Andover, Mass.) has emerged as a starting midfielder, giving Trinity five rookie starters counting Curtin who missed her first year with an injury.
Williams, coached by Alix Barrale (18th Season), is making its second consecutive appearance in the NESCAC Final Four and won the league title in 2004. The Ephs, which defeated Trinity, 3-2, in Hartford way back on September 11, are 12-4 and winners of eight of their last 10 games. Williams junior Libby Dolan leads the Ephs with 17 goals and five assists for 39 points, while senior Alex Bennett adds 14 goals. In the cage, goalie Emma Santucci and Abby Lloyd have combined for 68 saves and a 1.64 GAA. Trinity and Williams have faced each other twice previously in the NESCAC Tournament, and the Ephs have won both times including a 4-2 triumph in last year's opening round.