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.
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.