Giuttari '20 scores 18th in NESCAC field hockey quarterfinal loss

Michaela Giuttari '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Michaela Giuttari '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Trinity College's Kelcie Finn scored two goals and assisted on another as the Bantams posted a 3-1 win against the Hamilton College Continentals in a 2017 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship quarterfinal at Hamilton's warm and breezy Goodfriend Field on Saturday afternoon.

Trinity (11-5 overall) advances to the NESCAC semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Middlebury College where they will take on Williams College at 1:30 p.m. Williams defeated Amherst College 4-2 in another quarterfinal. The Bantams, who are the fifth seed for the championship, picked up their seventh win in 13 NESCAC postseason appearances. Trinity avenged a 3-2 loss to the Continentals back on Sept. 16, and the Bantams recorded their 10th win in the last 11 games.

Nationally ranked No. 15 Hamilton (9-6) was the fourth seed for this event and was ranked fifth in the New England West Region by the NCAA. The Continentals, who were trying to make it to the NESCAC semifinals for the second straight year, had never played Trinity in the postseason. Hamilton was playing in the conference championship for the fifth time in seven years.

Finn, who leads the NESCAC with 23 goals and 53 points, started the play that gave the Bantams a 1-0 lead. She raced up the right side with the ball and sent a centering pass to Chandler Solimine in the middle of the circle. Solimine tapped the ball once and put a shot into the back of the cage for her ninth goal with 24:11 left in the first half.

The Continentals didn't trail for long as they scored following a penalty corner with 21:40 remaining in the half. Tatiana Bradley '19 inserted the ball to Aly Skelly '18 on the left wing and Skelly sent a pass across the top of the circle to Margaret Revera '18 on the right wing. Revera's shot was deflected by Michaela Giuttari '20 from about 5 yards in front of the cage and the score was tied at 1-1. Giuttari's 18 goals and 39 points this year are the second-most in a season in program history. Revera, who had six assists this year, finishes her career in fifth place on the team's all-time list with 19 career helpers.

Finn put Trinity in the lead for good with 4:51 to go in the half. Nicole Quinlan inserted the ball on a penalty corner to Finn, who carried the ball to her right, spun around and slapped a shot from the edge of the circle that managed to sneak its way through the goalie. The Bantams took their 2-1 advantage into the break.

Hamilton put the pressure on Trinity's defense early in the second half, but goalie Lori Berger made the Bantams' one-goal lead stand up as she made five saves in the opening 16 minutes of the half. Berger finished with six stops.

The Continentals called their timeout with 9:05 left and about a minute later a point-blank shot by Trinity's Kendall Brown was stopped by Hamilton defender Liz Wagenbach '18. That led to a Bantam penalty corner and Finn made the Continentals pay again. Quinlan inserted the ball to Finn on the left wing and she carried the ball a few feet before she unleashed a hard shot that deflected off a defender near the left post and into the cage with 7:27 remaining.

Hamilton pulled goalie Julia Booth '19 (three saves) for an extra field player with 5:47 to go but didn't put another shot on goal in the final minutes. The Continentals finished with a 17-11 shot advantage and had a 10-9 edge in penalty corners.