Blythe Hastings ’23
In Bantams sports news, the eighth Bantams of the Week of the 2021 fall season, both sophomores, have been selected thanks to their impressive performances on the trail and field hockey turf. Men’s cross country sophomore Toby L’Esperance ’24 and field hockey sophomore Olivia McMichael ’24 have been named as the Bantams of the Week.
Each week, the Trinity athletics website spotlights two exceptional student-athletes, one male and one female, as the Bantams of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition from the previous week. Sophomore Toby L’Esperance finished 44th with a time of 26:38.30, as the host Trinity College Bantams competed in the NESCAC Men’s Cross Country Championship Meet at Wickham Park.
The Bantams totaled 295 points to place 11th in the team standings, while Williams won the team title with 51 points. Colby’s Tyler Morris won the 8,000-meter race on a relatively wet and treacherous course in 24:28.70. Trinity, who competed without junior and 2021 James Earley Invitational Champion Travis Martin, will take next weekend off before heading down to Waterford, Connecticut for the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships on November 13. L’Esperance edged several runners by a handful of seconds to finish among the top 50 runners, while Trinity senior Tim Lautenbach ’22 and sophomore Samuel Strymish ’24 was not far behind in 60th and 62nd place.
Bantam rookie Jonathan Lischetti was 92nd and sophomore Ethan Jacunski ’24 was 95th to give the Bantams five harriers in the top 100. The women’s Bantam of the Week, McMichael, helped the Bantams win two important field hockey games this past week, on the road against No. 7 ranked Amherst and at home in the NESCAC Quarterfinals game against No, 10 ranked Williams. In a shootout victory against the Amherst Mammoths, McMichael made five saves in 80 minutes of regulation and two overtimes. She then stopped all four Amherst shootout attempts to allow the Bantams to win the tiebreaker, 4-2, and the game, 2-1, and earn the home game against Williams as the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Tourney. Against the Ephs, McMichael tallied six in a 2-1 win.
In other news, the Trinity College men’s ice hockey team, coached by Matt Greason who is currently in his 11th season, is ranked No. 10 nationally in the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) Pre-Season Poll. The Bantams open the 2021-22 season on the road against their NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Friday, November 19. Trinity, the 2015 NCAA Champions, have won three NESCAC titles in the last five seasons but have not played since March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bantams are the lone NESCAC team ranked among the nation’s top 15 teams, although Coach Greason has scheduled non-conference games against three of top 11 teams. Trinity hosts No. 4 Adrian on November 28, No. 5 Hobart on December 11, and plays at No. 11 Babson on New Year’s Eve Day.
Additionally, the Trinity College Rowing Team finished 16th with a time of 12:00.86 in the Collegiate Eights Race at the Head of the Fish Regatta on Fish Creek this past Saturday. Trinity also had two entries in the Collegiate 2V Eights event that finished 19th and 22nd, with impressive times of 13:00.47 and 13:56.73. In fours, Trinity’s entry posted a seventh-place time of 13:05.62 and the Bantam novice eight came in ninth place at 13:37.49. The regattas concluded Trinity’s fall slate of four regattas.