NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Kyla Floresca (West Memphis, Ark.) tallied a goal and an assist in leading the ninth-ranked Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a 3-1 triumph over Trinity at Dayton Arena on Friday evening.
Floresca put the Camels on the board when she finished a feed from junior Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) at the 6:42 mark of the opening period. The sophomore then took a pass from classmate Ashley Carbone (Wallingford, Conn.) and set up senior captain Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) to double the margin just 59 seconds into the second period to double the margin and give the hosts a 2-0 advantage to work with.
After Connecticut College had a commanding 15-3 advantage in shots on target through 20 minutes, Trinity fought back with a vengeance in an attempt to rally by ripping 23 shots on net to the Camels' 10 the rest of the way. Kelcie Finn sliced the deficit in half at the 13:41 mark of the third to put the Bantams within striking distance again, but junior goalie Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) held her ground while her defense blocked nine shots in the second and third frames.
Trinity then tried to tie the game by pulling goalie Sydney Belinskas to gain an extra skater with under two minutes to play. The Bantams, however, were unsuccessful, as freshman Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) stuffed the team's only shot attempt which was taken by Taylor Foy. Sophomore Lauren Helm (Frisco, Texas) then stole the puck away from the Trinity defense as it was entering the neutral zone and fired it into the empty net with 31 seconds left to seal the win for the Camels.
Mertz earned the victory between the pipes by making 25 saves for Connecticut College, which was outshot by a slim 26-25 margin in the game and 23-10 over the final two periods. Belinskas redirected 22 shots in the losing effort.
Connecticut College (7-2-1, NESCAC 4-1-0) and Trinity (2-7-0, NESCAC 0-5-0) wrap up the weekend NESCAC series tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.