No. 15 field hockey hosts Trinity in Saturday's NESCAC quarterfinal

Aly Skelly '18 (Josh McKee photo)
Aly Skelly '18 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College hosts Trinity College in a 2017 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship quarterfinal at Goodfriend Field on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.

NESCAC preview

Hamilton (9-5, 6-4 NESCAC) is ranked 15th in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Top 20 poll and is fifth in the latest NCAA New England West Region rankings. The Continentals tied for third place in the conference standings and are the fourth seed for the NESCAC championship. Hamilton is making its fifth appearance in this event since the Continentals joined the conference for field hockey in 2011, and they have a 1-4 all-time record. The win was at home against Amherst College in last year's quarterfinals. Hamilton and Trinity have never faced each other in the postseason.

The Continentals are led on offense by Michaela Giuttari '20, who is tied for second in the NESCAC with 17 goals and is third with 37 points. Giuttari scored twice in Hamilton's 3-2 win at Trinity back on Sept. 16. Tatiana Bradley '19 leads the Continentals with six assists and also has seven goals for 20 points, and Lizzie Clarke '20 adds four goals and four assists for 12 points. Julia Booth '19 (1.62 GAA, .725 save pct.) has started all 14 games and played all but about 38 minutes in the cage. The Continentals are 5-2 at home and have outscored opponents 46-22. Hamilton is second in the conference with those 46 goals.

The Bantams (10-5, 5-5) received votes in the coaches poll earlier this week. Trinity ended up in a four-way tie for fifth place in the NESCAC standings and earned the fifth seed for the championship. The Bantams are hot going into the postseason as they have won three straight and nine of their last 10. Trinity is making its 13th appearance and has a 6-12 record in this event. The Bantams have scored 44 goals and allowed 25.

Trinity is led on offense by Kelcie Finn, who has been the NESCAC player of the week twice this fall. Finn tops the conference with 21 goals and 48 points. Nicole Quinlan is tied for fourth in the NESCAC with seven helpers and Finn and Caroline Curtin are credited with six apiece. Chandler Solimine has 21 points on eight goals and five assists. Lori Berger (1.67 GAA, .792 save pct.) has played every minute in goal and is third in the conference in save percentage and in shutouts with four. Madison Guiffre leads the team with four defensive saves.