TRINITY WOMEN'S HOCKEY 2018-19 Season Recap

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women’s ice hockey team, under the guidance of Head Coach Keith Maurice (4th season), returned to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament a year after being left out, finishing the season with an 11-11-3 overall record in a successful 2018-19 season. The Bantams went 6-7-3 in front of their home crowd and averaged 2.08 goals per game, a huge increase from last season’s average of 1.29. This year's team went 8-5-3 in the NESCAC and qualified for the league championship tournament for the 13th time ever, earning the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Trinity recorded five shutouts this winter and saw a handful of stellar performances, setting up the team to make another post-season run next year.

Trinity played one of the toughest schedules in New England this winter and began the year 1-2. The Bantams dropped the season-opening series to No. 4-ranked Middlebury with back-to-back losses at home, but rebounded nicely with a dominant, 7-0 win over Post University to move to 1-2. The following weekend, Trinity traveled to Amherst where it lost the first game, 5-0, but bounced back the next day to pick up a 3-1 victory. Rookies Bailey McKeon (Frisco, Texas), Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) and Angelica Mushenko (East Longmeadow, Mass.) all scored to lift the team to victory. The Bantams finished the 2018 calendar year with a loss on the road at No. 2 Plattsburgh, but a strong start to the new year was in store for the young squad.

The Bantams went 5-0-1 with three shutouts in their first six games top open the month of January. Sophomore transfer Sierra Lee (Ferguson’s Cove, Nova Scotia) scored with 2:45 left in the third period in her first game in a Bantam uniform to lift Trinity to a 1-0 victory. Trinity then swept Connecticut College with a pair of 2-0 wins. Rookie Katie Marsden (Hessle, England) scored her first career goal as the game-winner in game one while first-year Ellie Fellows (Westport, Mass.) and junior Lauren MacMaster (St. Albert, Alberta) added goals to combine for the 2-0 win on Saturday. The team then traveled to Plymouth, N.H. and scored three times in the first period to open a 3-0 lead at the first intermission and never looked back, coming away with a 4-2 victory over the Plymouth St. Panthers. Trinity went 1-0-1 against Hamilton in mid-January before dropping its next four matchups. The Bantams closed out the month with a series split with Colby, highlighted by a third period hat trick from Marsden in game one to lead the Bantams to a 3-2 comeback victory.

Marsden '21 (top), Mushenko '22 (left) and McKeon '22 (right)

The Bantams picked up two points with two ties against Williams in early-February before waxing in-state rival Wesleyan in the first game of that series. With a playoff spot locked up, Trinity finished the regular season in style, defeating Bowdoin, 3-2 in overtime in game one of that series before winning in the final seconds of regulation on Saturday to complete the series sweep. Mushenko scored off a rebound from a shot by sophomore Julia Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia) in overtime in game one to seal the victory. Game two provided plenty of fireworks as Trinity needed a victory to lock up a home game in the first round of the playoffs. The Bantams found themselves in a 2-0 hole early, but Marsden and Mushenko scored late in the second and early in the third period, respectively, to tie things at 2-2. Then, with less than ten seconds left in regulation, Flaherty picked up a loose puck near mid-ice, raced towards net and scored the game-winning goal with five seconds left to bookend the regular season on a high note.

Trinity's season ended in the NESCAC Quarterfinals in heartbreaking fashion as the team fell at home to Amherst, 3-2 in overtime. Sophomore forward Karinna Cave-Hawkins (Annapolis, Md.) scored twice, including the game-tying goal to force overtime in the final minute of the third period, but the Bantams conceded a power play goal in overtime.

Flaherty '22 (left) and Cave-Hawkins '21 (right)

Trinity was led offensively this winter by S. Lee, Flaherty, Marsden and J. Lee who each finished with double-digit points. S. Lee led the team with 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists while Flaherty and Marsden also made immediate impacts, finishing with 19 and 16 points, respectively. J. Lee led Trinity's blue-liners, along with sophomore Camille von Steinbergs (Brea, Calif.), rookie Bergen Kobienia (Hopkins, Minn.) and junior captain Alex Sinson (Elm Grove, Wis.), and was one of the NESCAC's top scoring defenders with 13 points, all on assists. S. Lee and von Steinbergs earned All-NESCAC Second Team honors at the conclusion of the season.

Junior goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) had a strong season between the pipes in her first full season as the starter. She finished second in the NESCAC with 597 total saves for a .921 save percentage and recorded five shutouts which is tied for fourth all-time in a single season.

Kai-Lilly Karpman '20

Julia Lee '21

Alex Sinson '20

Sierra Lee '21

Trinity had a successful year in the classroom as well, as Karpman and Sinson both earned NESCAC All-Academic honors. Sinson, J.Lee, Cave-Hawkins, McKeon, senior Claire Foran (Greenwich, Conn.) and first years Brenna Hoar (Ludlow, Mass.) and Julia Schiffmann (Milton, Mass.) each earned faculty honors while Sinson also was named to the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship squad.

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