Trinity Field Hockey Players And Squad Receive NESCAC Awards For Academics And Sportsmanship

Trinity Field Hockey Players And Squad Receive NESCAC Awards For Academics And Sportsmanship

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College field hockey senior co-captain Cara Daly (Hamilton, Mass.), juniors Jenna Behan (West Hartford, Conn.), and Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.), and sophomores Cara Bradley (East Lyme, Conn.), Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.), Olivia Hoyda (Darien, Conn.), and Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) were each named to both the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Fall All-Academic Team and the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad, while senior co-captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.), junior Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.), sophomore Jordan Ragland (Westport, Conn.), and first-years Bailey Cunningham (Cheshire, Conn.), Katherine Devaney (Andover, Mass.), Caroline Fisher (Kennett Square, Pa.), Jessie Midlige (Bernardsville, N.J.), and Julie Roche (Cheshire, Conn.) also graced the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad. The Bantams were honored as a Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Academic Team, and Behan was additionally selected to represent Trinity field hockey on the 2017 NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship Team.

Trinity, coached by Anne Parmenter (17th season), finished the 2017 season with a 14-7 record and tied with Williams for third place in the NESCAC with a 6-4 league mark. The Bantams advanced to the NESCAC Finals for the first time since 2009, winning, 3-1, at Hamilton, in the opening round and edging Williams, 3-2, in overtime in the semifinals at Middlebury before falling to the Panthers, 4-0, in the finals. Trinity qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the eighth time and the second year in a row, defeating Gwynedd Mercy, 5-3, in the first round and Salisbury, 2-1, in overtime in the second round. Playing in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fifth time ever, the Bantams closed the year with a 5-0 setback at top-ranked Messiah.

The NFHCA National Academic Team Award recognizes those institutions that achieve a minimum g.p.a of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2017-18 academic year, and the National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2017-18 academic year. To earn NESCAC All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.

Daly, a co-captain and forward for the Bantams, is a three-time member of both the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team and the NFHCA National Academic Team.  She played in six games and started one this fall and finished her career with three points on a goal and an assist in 23 games and seven starts.  A graduate of Phillips Academy, Daly is majoring in economics and urban studies at Trinity. She is the daughter of Kathy and Pat Daly.

Behan, a midfielder, played in two games this fall for the Bantams.  Behan repeats on both the the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team and the NFHCA National Academic Team.  She is a graduate of William H. Hall High School and is the daughter of Lisa and John Behan.

Solimine, a two-time member of both the NFHCA All-New England West Regional First Team and an All-NESCAC Second Teamer, finished second on the team in goals with 11 and scoring with 28 points to go with six assists (T3rd on team), 64 shots, and four game-winning goals in 21 games as a forward. She earned All-NESCAC Academic honors in 2016-17 in the fall as a member of the Trinity field hockey team and in the winter with the women's ice hockey squad.  Solimine is graduate of Pelham Memorial High School, and the daughter of Annie and Joe Solimine.

Bradley scored one goal on five shots while playing in eight games at forward this fall. A graduate of East Lyme High School, she is the daughter of Jean and Chase Bradley.  Curtin, a midfielder, was one of five Bantams who turned in double-digit point seasons 12 points on three goals and six assists (3rd on team) in 12 games and 12 starts.  She took 10 shots and scored one game-winner in 2017.  She is a graduate of Andover High School and is the daughter of Tom and Patti Curtin.

Hoyda recorded two defensive saves in 14 games, including nine starts, in the Bantam midfield this fall. She is a graduate of Darien High School and is the daughter of Christine Stark and Brad Hoyda.  Quinlan, a midfielder, tallied two goals and tied for the team lead with 10 assists for 14 points while starting all 21 games in the midfield. She is a graduate of Duxbury High School and is the daughter of Linda and Bob Quinlan.

Finn, the NFHCA Division III National Player of the Year for the second season in a row, was also named to both the Synapse Sports Division III All-American First Team and the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-American First Team.  Finn also repeated as both the Longstreth/NFHCA New England West Player of the Year and the NESCAC Field Hockey Player of the Year, and graced the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-New England West Regional First Team for the second year in a row. Finn made her fourth appearance on the All-NESCAC First Team and her third on the all-league squad.  An All-NESCAC First Teamer in 2014, 2016, and this fall, Finn led the NESCAC in 29 goals (1.38 per game, 6th in nation)and scoring with 68 point (3.24 per game, 5th in nation) and added 10 assists (0.48 per game, 4th in NESCAC) with 179 shots, eight game-winners, and four penalty-stroke goals in as many tries in 21 games.  She scored seven goals, including the game-winner in overtime in the NESCAC Semifinals against Williams, and assisted on an eighth, giving her a hand in all six Trinity tallies in the NESCAC Tournament. She added three goals and two assists in the NCAA win over Gwynedd Mercy and Finn was named as the Synapse Sports National Offensive Player of the Week twice, the NESCAC Player of the Week three times, and to the NFHCA National Honor Roll once this autumn.  Finn was the Longstreth/National  Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Player of the Year and the Synapse Sports Division III Field Hockey National Offensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2016. She received Synapse Sports All-American First Team and Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-American First Team and Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-New England West Regional First Team accolades in 2014 and 2016, and NFHCA All-Regional Second Team recognition in 2015. Also in 2014, Finn was the Synapse Sports National Division III Rookie of the Year and the NESCAC Rookie of the Year.  Finn has broken every Trinity offensive record in her career and became the first Bantam to amass 200 career points.  She finished with 92 goals and 39 assists for 223 points with 500 shots, 24 game-winning tallies, and six goals on penalty strokes in eight attempts in 71 games (70 starts).  Finn, who also plays ice hockey for the Bantams, is a graduate of Thayer Academy and is majoring in Classical Studies at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Linda and Frank Finn.

Berger finished second in the NESCAC this fall with a .764 save percentage and allowed just 42 goals for a 1.98 GAA with a 14-7 record and four shutouts in 1,484 minutes of play during her second year with the program, which earned her honors on both the NFHCA Division III All-New England West Regional Second Team and the All-NESCAC Second Team. Berger is a graduate of Lawrence Academy and daughter to Iris and David Berger.

Ragland notched two goals for four points on five shots while playing in 16 games with one start this fall. Ragland is a graduate of Staples High School and is the daughter of Kathy and John Ragland.  Cunningham played in 10 games and started two in the Trinity midfield. She is a graduate of Cheshire High School and is daughter to Sandra and William Cunningham.  Devaney notched one assist, took five shots, and recorded one defensive save while playing in all 21 games and starting seven as a first-year midfielder. She is a graduate of Andover School and is daughter to Laura and Richard Devaney.

Fisher registered one assists while appearing in 13 games with five starts for the Bantams this fall on defense. She is a graduate of Unionville High School and is daughter to Anne and Champe Fisher.  Midlidge had 17 starts in 19 appearances on the Trinity back line this fall. She is a graduate of Oak Knoll High School and is daughter to Suzanne and Michael Midlidge.  Roche appeared in seven games for the Bantams in the midfield this fall. She is a graduate of Cheshire High School and daughter to Vera and Rob Roche.

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