NESCAC Quarterfinal: #5 Camels 1, #4 Trinity 0 Schoeneberger Propels Camels to Victory with Third Period Goal
Hartford, Conn. – Senior forward Sam Schoeneberger (Vernon, Conn.) scored the game's only goal 15:14 into the third period and sophomore Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.) made 32 saves in net to lead the visiting Connecticut College Camels to a 1-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Ice Hockey Championship Quarterfinals this evening at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. No. 4-seeded Trinity ends its season with a 13-8-4 record, while the No. 5-seeded Camels improve to 14-10-1 and advance to the NESCAC Semifinals next weekend at top-seeded Middlebury. Connecticut College will face either the host Panthers or the No. 2-seeded Bowdoin in the NESCAC Semifinals pending the result of the last quarterfinal game laer tonight between No. 3-seeded Amherst and No. 6-seeded Hamilton.
The Connecticut College put 42 shots on net before Shoeneberger wristed the puck from the far left wing past the left shoulder of Trinity junior goaltender Alexa Pujol (New Canaan, Conn.) for the unassisted, power-play clincher. The Camels nearly put another point on the scoreboard just over two minutes later, but Pujol stopped junior captain forward Olivia Farrell (New York, N.Y.) from straight on at point-blank range to keep the Bantams within one goal. Fralick stopped a backhand from the point by Trinity senior defender Rebecca Rosen (Syosset, N.Y.) and the ensuing rebound try by first-year forward Emma Tani (Orange, Calif.) with 1:40 on the clock, and did the same on a slapshot that made it through by Trinity senior captain defender Britney Ryan (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and a rebound attempt by junior forward Lauren Glynn (Arlington, Mass.) in the final 25 seconds. The puck caromed out to Rosen, who tried one last shot from outside the left face-off circle, but the try was blocked by the Camel defense.
The goalies combined for 29 saves in the first period and 27 stops in the second stanza. Fralick denied first-half breakaways by both Tani and Bantam sophomore forward Lucy Robinson (Toronto, Ontario), while Pujol made a nice save on a hard shot from close by Camel senior forward Ariel DiPasquale (Whitestone, N.Y.) 14:35 into the opening frame. Connecticut College controlled the game offensively early in the second period, getting off 11 shots on goal before the first Bantam shot at the 11:30 mark. Pujol stopped DiPasquale on a one-on-one with 8:30 left before the final intermission, and added a save against Farrell on a hard shot from close two minutes later for two of her 21 saves in the second. Connecticut College nearly scored seven minutes into the third period when junior forward Courtney Dumont (Yarmouth, Maine) hit the post on a breakaway, and senior forward Caroline Corbett (Norwood, Mass.) nicked the iron on a misfire against an open goal from the left wing at the 6:45.
Pujol finished with 47 saves, as the Camels held a 48-to-32 edge on shots. The Camels killed off five power plays, and Trinity staved off six of seven power plays. The Camels, who had beaten Trinity in Hartford, 2-1, in the 2009 NESCAC Quarterfinals, return to the league semifinals for the second time, while Trinity fails to reach the NESCAC Final Four for the first time since that loss. Trinity had won the regular-season series with a 3-0 win and a 1-1 tie on the opening weekend of the campaign on November 16 and 17.