Trinity Field Hockey's Finn Adds NCAA Woman of the Year Nomination To Lengthy List Athletic Awards

Trinity Field Hockey's Finn Adds NCAA Woman of the Year Nomination To Lengthy List Athletic Awards

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College senior co-captain forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) was chosen as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Player of the Year, earning the award for the second season in a row, as Trinity's senior female athlete of the year (Trinity Club of Hartford Award), and as one of 11 nominees by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.  Finn, who was also named to both the Synapse Sports Division III All-American First Team and the 2017 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-American First Team, is the first player to win the honor in back-to-back seasons since Messiah's Julia Barton in 2009 and 2010.  Finn also repeated as both the 2017 Longstreth/NFHCA New England West Player of the Year and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Field Hockey Player of the Year, and joined junior forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) on the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-New England West Regional First Team for the second year in a row. Trinity junior goalkeeper Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and junior defender Allison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.) each graced the NFHCA Division III All-New England West Regional Second Team and  the All-NESCAC Second Team.  Finn made her fourth appearance on the All-NESCAC First Team and her fourth on the all-league squad, while Berger, Solimine, and Slowe were each All-NESCAC Second Team honorees.

Finn was one of 11 female athletes to be nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).  A committee of conference administrators will select the NESCAC's representative for the award.  The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 28 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Finn received media attention for her NCAA Woman of the Year nomination in The Hartford Courant, the Weymouth News, and the Boston Globe

The Bantams, coached by Anne Parmenter (17th season), finished the 2017 season with a 14-7 record and finished tied with Williams for third place in the NESCAC with a 6-4 league mark.  The Bantams advanced to the NESCAC Finals for the first time since 2009, winning, 3-1, at Hamilton, in the opening round and edging Williams, 3-2, in overtime in the semifinals at Middlebury before falling to the Panthers, 4-0, in the finals.  Trinity qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the eighth time and the second year in a row, ousting Gwynedd Mercy, 5-3, in the NCAA First Round and Salisbury, 2-1, in overtime in the second round.  Playing in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fifth time, the Bantams closed the year with a 5-0 setback at top-ranked Messiah.
 
Finn, an All-NESCAC First Teamer in 2014, 2016, and this fall, led the NESCAC in 29 goals (1.38 per game, 6th in nation)and scoring with 68 point (3.24 per game, 5th in nation) and added 10 assists (0.48 per game, 4th in NESCAC) with 179 shots, eight game-winners, and four penalty-stroke goals in as many tries in 21 games.  She scored seven goals, including the game-winner in overtime in the NESCAC Semifinals against Williams, and assisted on an eighth, giving her a hand in all six Trinity tallies in the NESCAC Tournament. She added three goals and two assists in the NCAA win over Gwynedd Mercy and Finn was named as the Synapse Sports National Offensive Player of the Week twice, the NESCAC Player of the Week three times, and to the NFHCA National Honor Roll once this autumn.  Finn was the Longstreth/National  Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Player of the Year and the Synapse Sports Division III Field Hockey National Offensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2016. She received Synapse Sports All-American First Team and Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-American First Team and Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-New England West Regional First Team accolades in 2014 and 2016, and NFHCA All-Regional Second Team recognition in 2015. Also in 2014, Finn was the Synapse Sports National Division III Rookie of the Year and the NESCAC Rookie of the Year.  Finn has broken every Trinity offensive record in her career and became the first Bantam to amass 200 career points.  She finished with 92 goals and 39 assists for 223 points with 500 shots, 24 game-winning tallies, and six goals on penalty strokes in eight attempts in 71 games (70 starts).  Finn, who was also an ice hockey captains and two-time, leading scorer for the Bantams, is a graduate of Thayer Academy and is majoring in Classical Studies at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Linda and Frank Finn.

Berger has started every game in the Trinity cage since joining the team in her second year on campus in 2016. She finished second in the NESCAC this fall with a .764 save percentage and allowed just 42 goals for a 1.98 GAA with a 14-7 record and four shutouts in in 1,484 minutes of play.  A graduate of Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts, Berger is majoring in neuroscience at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Iris and David Berger.
 
Slowe, a three-year starter who can play both midfield and defense, had two goals and three assists for seven points while anchoring the Trinity back line for all 21 games.  She recorded an assist in Trinity's NCAA win over Gwynedd Mercy.  Also a NFHCA All-Regional Second Teamer in 2016, Slowe is majoring in psychology at Trinity.  She is a graduate of the Noble & Greenough School and is the daughter of Susan and Daniel Slowe.  
 
Solimine, a three-year starter and a 2016 NFHCA All-Regional First Teamer as a sophomore, finished second on the Bantams in goals with 11 and scoring with 28 points to go with six assists (T3rd on team), 64 shots, and four game-winning goals in 21 games.  She had a goal and an assist in Trinity's NCAA win over Gwynedd Mercy and scored the clincher in overtime in the Bantams' 2-1 overtime triumph against Salisbury in the NCAA Second Round.  Solimine, who also plays ice hockey for the Bantams, was a NESCAC All-Academic honoree in both sports last year.  She is a graduate of Pelham Memorial High School and is the daughter of Annie and Joe Solimine.

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