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Trinity Women's Soccer Team Sets Team Record, Advances To NESCAC Semifinals

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The Trinity women’s soccer team (12-3) set a program record for victories in a season, and won a NESCAC tournament game for the first time, with a 2-1 quarterfinal victory Saturday over Amherst. The fourth-seeded Bantams will play No. 2 Williams, at Amherst, Saturday in a semifinal. Trinity won the regular season meeting with Williams, 2-0.

Dave Kingsley of Trinity gets into the details here ...

Hartford, Conn., November 6, 2013 - The No. 4-seeded Trinity College women’s soccer team topped the No. 5-seeded Amherst College Lord Jeffs for the second time in four days, 2-1, on Saturday in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Quarterfinals to advance to the NESCAC Championship Final Four this weekend at top-seeded Middlebury College.  In Saturday's semifinals, the Bantams face the No. 2-seeded Williams College Ephs at 1:30 p.m. Williams won its quarterfinal game, 3-1, against No. 7-seeded Wesleyan Saturday to earn the right to play Trinity.  Middlebury plays No. 6-seeded Tufts in the other NESCAC Semifinal contest and the winners will play in the NESCAC Finals on Sunday, November 10 at noon.  The winner of the NESCAC Championship Tournament will determine the league's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

Trinity, coached by Michael Smith (17th Season), is a best-ever 12-3 and makes its first appearance in the NESCAC Semifinals in the 13-year history of the tournament.  The Bantams, who came up short in their first seven NESCAC Quarterfinal games, earned their first post-season win since 1989 when Trinity won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) title.  Trinity has won three straight games, after fighting through a 1-3 stretch that was preceded by an 8-0 start to the season.  Trinity is 2-1 against the field including a 2-0 win against Williams on September 14, a 3-1 win at Tufts on September 29, and a 3-0 setback at Middlebury on October 12.  Trinity is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division III New England Region, while Williams is No. 3 in New England and No. 17 nationally.

In Saturday’s win over Amherst, junior forward Karyn Barrett (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) scored the game-tying goal from sophomore back Julia Leahy (Hingham, Mass.) in the 37th minute and assisted sophomore forward Abbey Lake (Westport, Conn.) in the game-winner in the 48th minute of a comeback triumph.  Bantam sophomore Monica DiFiori (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) made five saves in goal for the Bantams.  Barrett was honored as the NESCAC Player of the Week for her fine performance both in Saturday’s win and last Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Amherst in which she assisted on the lone marker of the game.

Lake leads Trinity in scoring with eight goals (T4th in NESCAC) and three assists for 19 points (4th in NESCAC), while junior tri-captain midfielder Elisa Dolan (Bethesda, Md.) has five goals (0.36 per game, 10th in NESCAC) and four assists (0.29 per game, T7th in NESCAC) for 14 points (1.00 per game, T6th in NESCAC).  Barrett adds four goals and a NESCAC-high (tied) six assists for 14 points (0.93 per game, T10th in NESCAC), and rookie forward Andi Nicholson (Grafton, Mass.) boasts four goals and two assists for 10 points.  Four of Dolan's goals have been game-winners.  DiFiori has allowed 14 goals in 1,329 minutes for a 0.95 GAA to go with 39 saves and a .736 save percentage. Junior Maggie Crowe (Lowell, Mass.), Leahy and fellow sophomore Kelsey Thomas (Stonington, Conn.), and first-year Sheena Landy (Durham, Conn.) have started every game in the backfield and helped to hold Trinity opponents to 121 shots in 15 games. First-years Kendra Lena (Madison, Conn.) and Laura Nee (Duxbury, Mass.) have stepped in to join Dolan as mainstays in the Bantam midfield, and sophomore Alexa Menard (Wallingford, Conn.) has started all 15 games at forward.

Williams, coached by Michelyne Pinard, started 2013 with a 2-1-2 record in its first five games before catching fire with a six-game winning streak.  The Eph streak ended with a 1-0 setback at Middlebury on October 22, but has outscored Bates, Hamilton, and Wesleyan by a combined score of 7-1 over its last three contests.  Katie Wardlaw has five goals and two assists for 12 points (3rd in NESCAC), while Audrey Thomas and Alison Magruder have 10 points apiece for the Eph offense, and Hannah Van Wetter has 42 saves, a .913 save percentage (NESCAC best), and a 0.29 GAA (NESCAC best) in the Williams goal.

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