Hartford, Conn. - October 15, 2014 - Junior goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) posted a season-high 16 saves, but the Springfield College Field Hockey fell to No. 13 Trinity College, 5-1 on Wednesday evening at Sheppard Field.
With the loss, the Pride fall to 5-7 overall on the season, while Trinity, who was ranked 13th in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll, improves to 9-3 in 2014. The Bantams held a 36-8 shot advantage over the course of the game, while also holding a 12-4 margin in penalty corners.
Senior defender Sarah Ducharme (Dudley, Mass.) posted her third goal of the season at the 27:01 mark of the second half. Junior midfielder Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) registered her sixth assist of the season on the marker.
The game was scoreless for the opening 15 minutes, as Villa made five of her 16 saves in a four-minute span, but Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) broke the drought with an unassisted tally 15:22 into the game. Finn fed junior midfielder Nikki Rivera (Rockaway, N.J.) across the cage, and Rivera slapped the ball into a wide open net in the 19th minute to give Trinity a 2-0 lead at the break.
Less than five minutes into the second stanza, Finn assisted junior Olivia Tapsall (Greenwich, Conn.) on a marker for a 3-0 Bantam lead. Ducharme then scored off a nice feed from left to right in front of the cage by Cabral 7:59 into the second half to make the score 3-1.
After a goal from Casey Quinn (Providence, R.I.) to give the Bantams a 4-1 cushion, Trinity senior co-captain defender Sophie Doering (Darien, Conn.) scored on a blast from the top of the circle off a corner to round out the scoring.
On Saturday, the Pride will return to it's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schedule when it will travel to take on Wellesley at 12 p.m.