Williamstown, Mass. - The No. 9 ranked Trinity College field hockey team fell, 1-0, to the No. 13 ranked Williams College Ephs on Saturday in the teams' New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opener in Williamstown. The Bantams fall to 1-1 on the year while Williams improves to 2-0. Trinity returns to action next Saturday for another conference matchup, at Hamilton.
The Ephs opened the game with three early shots within the first 10 minutes of the game, two going wide at 4:14 and 9:27 and a shot being saved by Bantam goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who notched 5 saves in the first half. The Eph pressure remained through the first half, with Williams dominating possession and forcing five penalty corners while totaling 7 shots. Despite the attack, the Eph offensive dominance did not result in score in the first half and the game remained scoreless at the half.
Williams goalie Emma Santucci defended the goal for the Ephs in the first half and was not called on to make a save as the only Trinity shot of the half by senior co-captain Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) went wide off the net.
The Bantams notched their first shot of the second half with a wide hot shot off the stick of junior Jordan Ragland (Westport, Conn.) at 36:48. The only goal of the game came off the third penalty corner of the half, when sophomore Molly Lohss launched the ball to junior Emma Ticknor who rolled the ball toward the goal and Libby Dolan knocked it past the pad of Berger for the winning goal.
The Bantams bounced back quickly and the Ephs defense battled against another tough shot from Ragland which had the potential to tie things at 1-1. As Lloyd dove for a save, Eph junior defender Marissa Feller defended the goal from a 44:44 Ragland pitch, keeping the Ephs up 1-0.
Lloyd defended two more shots from Bantam senior co-captain Alison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.) and junior Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.) and picked up the win for the Ephs.