Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY, Vermont – Third-seeded Trinity advanced to the NESCAC Championship game with a 12-3 win over second-seeded Hamilton (12-5) on Middlebury's Kohn Field. The Bantams (14-3) will take on Colby, a 10-9 winner over Middlebury, in the title game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The championship game appearance will be the seventh straight for the Bantams.
Abby McInerney got things going for Trinity at the 22:37 mark, before Clare Lyne scored with a player advantage. Hamilton's Kara Pooley put her team on the board, coming from behind the net to make it a 2-1 game.
The Bantams ripped off the next five goals, holding a 7-1 lead with 1:55 remaining in the half. Kiley Coffey scored three times during the run, while Mary French and Karly Simpson each tallied solo markers. Hamilton's Kara Pooley found Casey File cutting to the goal with 1:29 remaining to make it a 7-2 game at the break.
Coffey continued her run in the second half, scoring the first two goals to put her team on top 9-2 with 17:21 remaining. Skyler Simson converted a free position for Hamilton before the Bantams recorded the game's final three goals, including a player-down tally from Nicole Stauffer.
Trinity was led by Coffey with five goals, one assist, and four draw controls. McInerney contributed two goals and two assists, while Emma Malicki had three helpers. Zoe Ferguson picked up the win for the Bantams in goal with nine saves.
Hannah Burrall made 18 saves and had a team high three ground balls for Hamilton. File paced the Continentals with three draw controls, while Maddie Fitzpatrick caused three turnovers.