Middlebury, Vt. - The Trinity College field hockey team fell, 4-0, on the road to the No. 3-ranked Middlebury Panthers on Saturday in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup at Kohn Field in Vermont. The loss drops Trinity to 7-5 overall and 3-5 in conference play while Middlebury improves to 10-2 on the year and 7-1 in league play. The Bantams return to action on Wednesday at home against in-state conference rival Wesleyan.
Trinity's best chance to get on the board came just 4:45 into the game, when senior tri-captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) took a hard shot to the upper left corner, but was denied by Middlebury goalie Abby Furdak (Wellesley, Mass.). The Panthers grabbed the lead, scoring at the 13:23 mark, when Marissa Baker (Darien, Conn.) one-timed a centering feed from Annie Leonard (Darien, Conn.). Middlebury doubled the lead with 8:04 remaining in the opening stanza when Grace Jennings (Ghent, N.Y.) worked the ball down the left side of the field, before sending a cross in to Danielle Brown (Needham, Mass.), whose shot was tipped in by Leonard.
Out of the intermission, Trinity had another good opportunity to cut the deficit in half at the 37:33 mark, but Finn's shot sailed just high of the cage. Just 2:23 later, Bantam senior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) came off her line to deny a breakaway attempt by Jennings.
The Panthers added to their lead in the 48th minute after a penalty corner, to make it a 3-0 game. Baker sent a cross in to Leonard, whose shot was tipped home by Molly Freeman (North Kingstown, R.I.). The final goal of the game came 3:32 later in a similar fashion when off a penalty corner, Jennings redirected a shot by Audrey Quirk (Portland, Ore.).
Middlebury held a 22-6 shots advantage in the contest. Furdak made two saves to earn the win for the Panthers, while Berger stopped eight shots for the Bantams.