Bantams Enter NESCAC Tournament with Momentum
Hartford, Conn. – Senior Payson Sword (Princeton, N.J.) started a late scoring spree and sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Maxwell (Nashville, Tenn.) made 19 stops in her second shutout of the season, to lead the Trinity College Bantams over the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals, 3-0, in New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC) action today on Williams Rink at Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity finishes their regular season with a 14-10 overall record and a league mark of 9-7, while the Cardinals end their season with a record of 4-20 overall and 3-13 in the NESCAC. Trinity will host No. 5-seed Hamilton in the opening round of the NESCAC Championship Tournament, next Sat., Jan 25, at the Koeppel Center. The result of today's game, coupled by a Colby win over Hamilton, eliminated Wesleyan from the NESCAC Tournament.
It was a fitting end to senior night in Hartford, as Sword put the puck through the five-hole from the top of the crease for the first score of the game -- the eventual game-winner -- with just 9:03 remaining on the clock. Four minutes later, Wesleyan junior Kelsey Muller (Sunapee, N.H.) got a point blank look at the Trinity goal with a chance to tie the game, but Maxwell came up with a key glove-side save to preserve the Trinity lead. Moments later, another Trinity senior, this time tri-captain Brigitte Cellino (Buffalo, N.Y.), netted the second Bantam goal with 3:17 remaining on the clock. First-year Lucy Robinson (Toronto, Ontario) capped the afternoon with the third Bantam goal of the period, with just 1:40 left on the clock.
The opening two periods featured a dual of the goalkeepers, as the both the Cardinal and Bantams offenses combined for 33 shots, all of them denied. Trinity applied heavy pressure at the end of second period, but Wesleyan junior goalkeeper Ashleigh Corvi (Berrington, R.I.) held her ground and came up with several clutch stops, setting the stage for a pivotal third period. Corvi finished the game with 30 saves.
"It was a great way to cap off the regular season with a win in front of family and friends. The six seniors showed their leadership and led the way with a great effort, said Trinity Interim Head Coach Carson Duggan. "Getting home ice was a goal of ours so we need to carry this momentum through the week of practice. It is going to be another tough weekend where we will have to be at our best facing a team of Hamilton's caliber."
Saturday's playoff game between Trinity and Hamilton will be webcast live at trincoll.tv.