Lewiston, Maine - Senior co-captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) scored twice to lead the Trinity College Bantams past the Bates College Bobcats on Saturday in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action at Campus Avenue Field on Bates' campus in Lewiston. The win is Trinity's second in a row, pushing them to 3-4 overall and 2-4 in conference play while the Bobcats fall to 3-5 on the year and 1-4 in league play. Trinity returns to action tomorrow for a non-conference matchup at the University of New England at noon.
Bates won the shot battle, 14-8, and also earned nine penalty corners to Trinity's three. Senior starting goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) picked up her third win of the year in net for Trinity, making three saves on the day, while Bobcat starter Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) stopped a pair of Bantam shots.
After 30 minutes without a score, Finn found the back of the cage for her first of the day to break the scoreless tie and send Trinity into the half with a 1-0 lead. Finn's goal came at the 30:21 mark after a scrum in front of the net where she was able to control the ball and reverse it through Durand's legs to give the visitors a goal advantage.
Out of the half, Bates earned a penalty corner just 48 seconds into the action but Trinity's defense, led by junior Madison Guiffre (Wellesley, Mass.) and rookies Ellie Tate (Carlisle, Pa.), Jessie Midlige (Bernardsville, N.J.) and Caroline Fisher (Fisher Square, Pa.), came up clutch to knock the ball out of the zone without a score. The Bantams opened a 2-0 lead two minutes later on Finn's second score of the day. Junior forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) carried the ball into Bates' circle and sent it to Katherine Devaney (Andover, Mass.) who fired a shot that bounced off the foot of a Bobcat defender. Finn was there, however, to corrall the loose ball and fire it in for the score.
Bates cut the deficit to one, three minutes later thanks to a goal by Emma Patterson (Denver, Colo.), assisted by Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.), but the Bantams held strong the rest of the way to hold on for the 2-1 victory.