HARTFORD, Conn. -- Chandler Solimine tallied a hat trick to lead No. 18 nationally ranked Trinity past the Bates field hockey team by a score of 4-0 on Saturday.
Trinity jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half. Solimine put the Bantams ahead 1-0 just 1:44 into the opening half thanks to an assist by Caroline Curtin. Curtin finished the day with assists on three of Trinity's four goals.
At the 13:37 mark in the first half, Kendall Brown doubled the host's lead with her sixth goal of the season, knocking a loose ball past the Bates keeper during a scrum in front of the box.
The Bobcats earned three corners during the first half but were unable to convert any of them into goals. Trinity goalkeeper Lori Berger finished the afternoon with four saves.
Solimine got right back to it to begin the second half, scoring at the 43:08 mark off a corner insert. Nicole Quinlan inserted the ball to Curtin who set up a blast from Solimine that hit the back of the cage to put Trinity ahead 3-0. Curtin and Solimine connected once more, just 1:40 later, to make it a 4-0 advantage.
The shutout is Trinity's fourth in a row as the Bantams (5-2, 3-2 NESCAC) have outscored their opponents 13-0 in the last four games.
Junior captain Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) paced the Bobcats with four shots, one on goal. Senior Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) added three shots, two on goal. Trinity outshot the Bobcats by a count of 20-11. First-year Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) came off the bench and made a pair of saves and did not allow a goal in the final 18:09 of the contest.
Bates (2-6, 1-5 NESCAC) returns to action next Saturday when the Bobcats host Connecticut College at noon.