HARTFORD, Conn. — Trinity freshman Shannon Farrell scored a game-winning goal with just 2:48 left on the clock to lead Trinity (Conn.) to a 2-1 upset against No. 7 Bowdoin in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action Friday in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity improved to 10-5-4 overall and 4-3-3 in the league, while Bowdoin dropped to 14-3-2 overall and 8-1-1 in the NESCAC.
“That was a great character win for us against a very talented Bowdoin team,” head coach Carson Duggan said. “We had some timely scoring and some huge goaltending, especially at the end of the game. We know they are going to come even harder [Saturday], so we have to be prepared for it.”
Both teams skated to a scoreless tie in the first period. Trinity goalkeeper Alexa Pujol was put to work early, as the Bowdoin offense peppered 17 shots to Trinity’s six in the opening frame.
Early in the second period, sophomore Lily Gacicia and first-year Elizabeth Caporale had good looks at the net, but Bowdoin senior goalkeeper Kayla Lessard came up with two saves.
Junior Madeline Lane broke the deadlock with a goal midway through the second period to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead. Trinity senior Rebecca Rosen, who came up with a key defensive play on a Bowdoin breakaway moments earlier, tried to respond with a good look at the goal, but she was denied the shot by Lessard. Junior Abby Ostrom followed with a top-shelf goal to tie the game at one and shift momentum in favor of the Bantams.
Action was slow in the third period, but jumped off at the tail end of the game. With just 2:48 remaining in the period, Farrell lifted the puck on the top right corner of Bowdoin’s net, which rattled the post, and redirected into the goal, giving the Bantams their first lead of the game 2-1.
In the closing minutes of the game, Trinity was whistled for a penalty setting up Bowdoin for some prime opportunities, included a shot that deflected off the Trinity post before Pujol was able to kick it away. Senior tri-captain Britney Ryan flicked the puck out of Trinity’s zone, as the clock ticked down to the end of the game.
Pujol came up with several big stops, finishing the game with 33 saves, while Lessard made 27 stops in net for the Polar Bears.