JUSTIN FORTIER ’18
The Trinity College Field Hockey team began their Saturday with a decisive home victory over Bates College. This weekend’s victory over the Bobcats was no fluke as they added another win to their winning streak. With an overall record of (5-2) and a NESCAC record of (3-1), the Bantams have proven themselves to be formidable opponents, winning the last three contests in which they partook.
The win was a direct result of the Bantams ability to play stifling defense. The girls managed to keep possession and control the ball in Bates’ defensive half. This was the second game this season where Trinity kept the opposing team to three shots or less. Only two shots were taken on the Trinity net and only one had to be saved by Goalkeeper Sophie Fitzpatrick ’16 in her second consecutive shutout. Bates keeper Christina Vega ‘15 did not have the same luck. A chronically weak Bates defense let a strong Trinity offense take twelve shots and Vega could not overcome the onslaught as Trinity put two balls in between the pipes.
Bantams forward Brenna Hobin ‘18 opened the scoring in the 29th minute netting her third goal of the season off a pass from midfielder Cara Daly ’18. The assist marked Daly’s first collegiate point and the goal was all Trinity would need thanks to ball control and a stout defensive effort.
The second goal would not occur until the second half was underway. Casey Quinn ’17 gave the Bantams some breathing room with a quick insurance goal in the 39th minute. Trinity forward Olivia Tapsall ’16 picked up the assist on Quinn’s shot as she has now registered a point or better in all three of Trinity’s conference wins.
During play, Trinity played a clean game where it counted, out of their 33 fouls, none resulted in penalty corners, however the Bates team was not as successful. The Bobcats had a total of 38 fouls, which resulted in 5 penalty-corners. By playing a tight and clean game defensively, the Bantams were able to alleviate pressure on Fitzpatrick and keep their focus on moving the ball up the field.
Olivia Tapsall led the Bantams in both shots and shots on goal (4:3) while other Bantams who took shots include Nicki Rivera ’16, Sophie Doering ’15, Olivia Tapsall , Casey Quinn, Brenna Hobin, and Kelcie Finn ’18 . This relentless offensive pressure and a tenacious defensive showing was the reason why the Bantams came out on top. The Bates Bobcats had no bite at all this weekend, falling to a overall record of (1-5) and a league record of (0-5).
A brief analysis of the Bantams’ season can show that the future looks bright for the field hockey team. The only conference loss to date was to Williams and that was only by a deficit of one goal in a tightly contested game. Trinity rests third in the NESCAC (based on overall record) trailing only Bowdoin. The conference is up for the taking, and the Bantams look ready to take it.