HARTFORD, Conn. – First-year forward Kelcie Finn (South Weymouth, Mass.) recorded a hat trick in her collegiate debut to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 9-0 victory over the visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs in field hockey action this evening on Sheppard Field.
Playing in its season opener, Trinity turned in an impressive performance, racing out to a 6-0 halftime advantage and hold UMass Dartmouth (1-2) without a shot or a penalty corner during regulation.
Finn scored her first goal 5:24 into the game off a penalty corner that was inserted by junior defender Elizabeth Caporale (Glastonbury, Conn.) and also assisted by senior co-captain defender Sophie Doering (Darien, Conn.). Banthams junior forward Olivia Tapsall (Greenwich, Conn.) scored 3:04 later and the score remained stuck at 2-0 before Trinity scored four times in the final 10 minutes of the first half. Doering and Finn scored two of those four, while Tapsall added her second goal of the contest with 10:05 left in the second half and assisted sophomore Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) on the game's final tally moments later.
The Bantams took 33 shots and were awarded 11 penalty corners. Freshman Sam Brum (Dighton, Mass.) made 11 saves in her debut in the Corsair cage, while junior goalie Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) played 53-plus minutes to collect the win.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, when the Corsairs travel to MIT for a non-conference tilt. The Engineers are receiving votes in the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association Division III Preseason Poll.