BIDDEFORD, Maine — Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) flipped in the deciding goal on a penalty corner play after time expired as Trinity College (Conn.) picked a up 4-3 field hockey decision over the University of New England on Sundayafternoon (Oct. 1) at the Big Blue Turf.
The game-winner, which was assisted on by Allison Slowe (Medfield, Mass.), came just 3:07 after the Bantams (4-4) tied things up at 3-3 on Kendall Brown‘s (Greenwich, Conn.) second tally of the day. The visitors had trailed for the entirety of the 2nd half up to that point.
The lead changed hands three times during the 1st half before ending at 3-2 in favor of the Nor’easters (7-4). UNE was the first to strike, when Kendra MacDonald (Lebanon, N.H.) finished a breakaway pass from Alex Staples (Alfred, Maine) in the 7th minute.
Brown knotted the contest in the 25th minute, with an assist to Solimine, and then Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.)tucked in a 29th-minute rebound to put Trinity up, 2-1.
UNE faced a deficit for 4:10 until Vonde Saunders (Center Conway, N.H.) blasted in a feed from Becky Zakorchemny (Gilford, N.H.). And Saunders soon connected on another drive, set-up by Kersey Boulay (Liberty, Maine) from a penalty-corner arrangement, to slip the hosts on top with 1.7 seconds left in the initial period.
Shots-on-goal wrapped up at 15-10 for the Bantams, forcing UNE’s Liz Sargent (South Burlington, Vt.) into a season-best 11 saves. For Trinity, Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) logged seven stops.
The Nor’easters (4-1 CCC) will get back to work on their Commonwealth Coast Conference schedule when Salve Regina University (4-1 CCC) comes to town on Tuesday (4 p.m.).