Amherst, Mass. – Junior forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) scored twice and junior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had a career-high 15 saves as the No. 11 ranked Trinity College field hockey team outlasted No. 8 ranked Amherst College, 2-1, in both teams' regular season finale on Wednesday night. Trinity finishes the regular season with a 12-3 overall record and 7-3 mark in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play while Amherst finishes at 11-4 on the year with a 6-4 clip in conference action. With the victory, Trinity clinches the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament and will host a quarterfinal game on Saturday against No. 7 seed Williams.
Finn gave the Bantams an early 1-0 lead, just three minutes into the first half, after she received a pass from sophomore Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) and muscled the ball through a stingy Amherst defense and past goalie Emily Horwitz (Wilmington, Del.). Trinity quickly had another good scoring opportunity as the Bantams were awarded a penalty shot just a few minutes later, but Finn fired the free chance wide left of the net to no avail. Trinity's defense came up with a big stop while down a player due to a green card in the 19th minute, holding Amherst to just one shot that missed wide left. Berger came up big with ten first half saves, none bigger than the two she made off Amherst corners in the last two minutes of the half to preserve the lead as the teams headed to the break.
Trinity was awarded another penalty shot, this time with 11 minutes gone in the second half, that Finn made good on as she fired it off Horwitz's blocker and into the back of the net to give Trinity a 2-0 lead. After nearly 20 minutes without incident, Amherst cut the deficit to one thanks to a goal by Shannon Tierney (Garden City, N.Y.) via an assist from Elizabeth Turnbull (Harding Township, N.J.). Despite a frenzied attempt by Amherst to tie the game in the final minute, Trinity's defense rose to the occasion one last time and held the Purple & White without as a shot as the Bantams held on for the 2-1 win.