Springfield, Mass. - First-year forward Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) scored twice and senior co-captain forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) broke a pair of schools records with a goal and two assists, as the visiting Trinity College Bantams handed the Springfield College Pride a 4-1 setback this evening on Stagg Field. Trinity to 7-4 with its sixth consecutive victory, while the Pride falls to 7-6 with their first loss in three games but their 10th loss to the Bantams in as many years. The Bantams visit No. 3-ranked Middlebury on Saturday at 11 a.m. and the Pride hosts Wellesley on Friday at 6 pm.
Despite Trinity holding a 17-2 edge in shots in the first half, the two teams went into the break gridlocked. The Bantams finally broke through 1:56 into the second half as they took advantage of their 10th penalty corner of the evening. Finn's initial bid was deflected into the air heading towards the cage, and sophomore midfielder Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) slapped out ball out of midair along the goal line for the game's first marker. Finn later got free behind the Springfield defense at the 49:43 mark and drew Pride goalie Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) out of the cage, only to slip a pass to Brown who slotted home a goal into the empty net. The two helpers gave Finn 33 for her career, passing Lexi Rice'92 as Trinity's all-time assist leader. Finn then got into the scoring mix herself just 33 seconds later when she spun around a Springfield defender to poke home the Bantams third goal. The Bantams' all-time field hockey scorer with 183 career points, Finn shattered another Bantam career mark with her 75th goal as a Bantam to eclipse a 24-year-old record held by Lindsey Davison '93. Brown added her second of the game in the 55th minute off a feed from Quinlan.
Springfield's lone shot on goal found the back of the cage in the 66th minute when Emily Knobel (North Attleboro, Mass.) took a pass from Paige Laperle (Auburn, Mass.) for her first goal of the season. The Bantams held a 27-4 edge in shots for the contest and took 14 of the game's 17 penalty corners. Drake notched 11 saves, including nine in the opening 35 minutes of play, while senior Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) did not allow a goal and did not face a shot on goal over her 50 minutes of play before yielding to sophomore teammate Sabrina Milone (Garden City, N.Y.).