Trinity Field Hockey Scores Six First-Half Goals In Shutout Of Springfield

Jordan Ragland '20
Jordan Ragland '20

Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore Caroline Fisher (Kennett Square, Pa.) had a goal and two assists to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 6-0 victory over the visiting Springfield College Pride in field hockey action this evening on Sheppard Field.  Trinity, ranked No. 15 in the nation, improves to 9-2 overall with its eighth win in a row, while the Pride drops to 7-5 with its second setback in a row.  Trinity, which wins against Springfield for the 11th year in a row, hosts top-ranked, New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Middlebury on Saturday at 11 a.m. in its next game, while the Pride visits Bridgewater State on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Trinity wasted no time putting this game out of reach, beginning with the first goal by senior co-captain forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) just 15 seconds after the opening whistle.  Bantam junior midfielder Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.) sent a pass in front of the cage from the right end line to Solimine to assist on the opening tally, and gave Trinity a 2-0 lead with a goal of her own on a rebound 6:41 into the game.

Trinity scored three times in a 6:30 span in the middle of the first half to put it away early.  Sophomore forward Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.), senior co-captain Ally Slowe (Medfield, Mass.), and Fisher scored for the Bantams in that order, and junior forward Cara Bradley (East Lyme, Conn.) scored her first goal of the year later in the opening stanza.  Trinity went into intermission ahead, 6-0, having outshot the Pride, 26-2.  Springfield senior goalkeeper Emmalie Drake (Pittsford N.Y.) made all 19 of her saves in the first half.

The game was scoreless and featured in just six shots for each team in the second half.  Senior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made four of her five saves in the second stanza, while rookie backstop Gwen Smith (Westfield, Mass.) had two saves in 35 minutes of play in the cage for the Pride after the break.  Trinity sophomore midfielder Katherine Devaney (Andover, Mass.) recorded an assist on Fisher’s goal, while Fisher assisted on the goal by Slowe.  The Bantams had 10 penalty corners to two for Springfield and finished with a 32-to-8 shooting advantage.