Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College field hockey team, which downed Cabrini, 7-5, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament on Wednesday, will face the Ursinus College Bears in the NCAA Second Round on Saturday, November 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Salisbury University. The Bantams, coached by Anne Parmenter in 2009, will be seeking revenge against the Bears, who handed Trinity a 5-1 loss in the 2009 NCAA Quarterfinals, Trinity's last appearance in the tournament. Trinity is 13-4 and ranked No. 9 in the nation, while is 16-4 and ranked No. 6 nationally. The host Salisbury Sea Gulls will face the Kenyon College Ladies in the other second round contest Saturday at 11 a.m. and the winners will face off Saturday in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Salisbury at 1 p.m.
Sophomore M/D Alison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.) scored a career-high four times and junior forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) set a school record with five assists in the win over Cabrini. Finn fed Slowe for back-to-back tallies early in the second half to break open a 3-3 game, and added a goal of her own later to finish with six points and set another Trinity recorf with 65 points for the season. Senior tri-captain F/M Sydney Doolittle (Milford, Conn.) and sophomore forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) also scored Wednesday, while first-year midfielder Olivia Hoyda (Darien, Conn.) had an assist, and sophomore goalkeeper Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) needed to make just one save.
Trinity, making its seventh NCAA appearance with Final Four trips in 1993 and 1998, is second in the NESCAC offensively with 3.47 goals per game, and Finn leads the conference in scoring with 3.822 ppg (65), goals with 1.47 per game (25), and assists with 0.88 assists per contest (15). Solimine is fourth in the league in scoring with 2.35 ppg (40) and tied for fourth in goals with 0.94 per game (16) and assists with 0.47 per game (8). Slowe adds eight goals and six assists for 22 points, while rookie midfielder Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) boasts two goals and four assists for eight points, and Doolittle has three goals and one assist for seven points. Finn was named the NESCAC Player of the Year on Wednesday and to the All-NESCAC First Team, while Solimine and Slowe each graced the All-NESCAC Second Team.
Berger, who joined the team in her third year at the College after serving as a backup ice hockey goalie for some of her first two years, has allowed 33 goals in 1,194 minutes for a 1.93 GAA to go with 105 saves and a .761 save percentage. Sophomore Molly Reilly (Bethesda, Md.) and first-year Callyn Cass (Summit, N.J.) anchor the defense, while midfielder Mia Olsen (Granby, Conn.), and D/M Mackenzie Taskey (Bethesda, Md.), both tri-captains, give the Bantams two more solid and versatile senior starters.
Ursinus, coached by Janelle Benner (6th Season), is on a six-game winning streak including a 2-1 win in overtime over No. 7-ranked Franklin and Marshall on Sunday in the Centennial Conference Finals to helped the Bears earn a bye into the NCAA Second Round. Amber Steigerwalt leads the Ursinus offense with 16 goals and five assists, while Brooke Overly adds 12 goals and a team-high eight assists. Jules Singer has 54 saves and a 1.11 GAA in the cage for the Bears. Salisbury is 16-1 and ranked No. 2 in the nation, while Kenyon, which defeated Elizabethtown in the NCAA First Round, 2-1, in overtime on the road, is 15-6.