Hartford, Conn. – Junior forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) scored twice in a 39-second span in the first half to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Keene State College Owls in field hockey action this evening on Sheppard Field. Trinity improves to 5-4 with its fourth win in a row and its eighth in a row over the Owls. Keene State falls to 7-5 with its first loss in six games.
Solimine’s first goal came 5:11 into the contest when she smacked the ball in from close range after a pass from outside the top of the circle by sophomore midfielder Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.). She one-timed the ball in mid-air off a pass by senior tri-captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) moments later for the second Bantam goal, and Trinity peppered Owl freshman goalie Rachel Loseby (Hartford, Vt.) with 15 more shots in the first half but could not get another into the cage. Loseby denied Solimine a hat trick with a quick reach of her pad off a blast from the top of the circle during a penalty corner with seven minutes left for one of her six saves in the first half.
In the second frame, Trinity continued its offensive onslaught and scored a third goal on a rebound by Finn with 27:20 left on the clock. Keene State nearly avoided the shutout in the closing seconds but a shot by junior forward Julia Babbitt (Haddam, Conn.) hit the post and Bantam senior goalkeeper Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) dove to the ground to stop the game’s last shot by sophomore Kelsey Roberts (Greenfield, Mass.) just before time expired.
Trinity finished with a 33-to-9 shooting advantage and was awarded eight penalty corners to two for the Owls, while the teams combined for 64 fouls and six green cards. Berger recorded her third shutout of the fall with three saves, and Loseby finished with 17 saves for Keene State. Trinity will host No. 11-ranked Bowdoin on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Owls play at Bridgewater State the same day at 1 p.m.