Booth ’19 makes 13 saves in NESCAC field hockey quarterfinal loss

Julia Booth '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Julia Booth '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Trinity College scored one goal in each half and the Bantams posted a 2-0 win against the Hamilton College Continentals in a 2018 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship quarterfinal at Hamilton's Goodfriend Field on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon.

Trinity (14-4 overall) advances to the NESCAC semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Middlebury College. The Bantams' opponent will be determined after the remaining two quarterfinals are played on Sunday, Oct. 28. Trinity avenged a 3-2 loss to Hamilton back on Sept. 15.

Nationally ranked No. 14 Hamilton (10-6) was the fourth seed in the championship and ranked third in the New England West Region by the NCAA. The Continentals hosted the No. 17 Bantams in the first round of the championship for the second straight year. Hamilton was playing in the conference championship for the sixth time in eight years.

Trinity's Lori Berger made six saves for her 10th shutout of the season. Berger leads the NESCAC and ranks third in Division III with a .822 save percentage, and her 0.50 goals against average is second in the conference.

The Bantams jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of the contest. Julia Booth '19 stopped the initial shot from Caelin Flaherty but Kendall Brown knocked in the rebound for her 10th goal of the season at 7:32. Brown nearly doubled Trinity's lead in the 17th minute when she tried to knock in another rebound but Brooke Talsania '19 slid in front of the ball for the second defensive save of her Hamilton career. Booth racked up eight of her 13 saves in the first half alone.

Fourteen shots and seven penalty corners later, Trinity finally managed to punch in its second goal of the game during a penatly corner in the 46th minute. Nicole Quinlan pushed the ball in from the left side to Flaherty at the top of the arc. Flaherty ripped a shot towards the left post and Chandler Solimine redirected the ball into the back of the cage. Solimine ranks third in the NESCAC in both goals (13) and points (34).

Trinity finished with a 23-14 shot advantage and had a 9-6 edge in penalty corners.