Lily Ives ’23
The weekend of January 28 proved to be filled with tight game rollercoaster-like thrillers for Trinity athletics. In the span of just three days, three different Trinity teams went to overtime in their games, and unfortunately all three Trinity teams faced defeat. These three exciting games were all in-conference, against fellow New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools.
The weekend kicked off with a nail-biting triple overtime performance, where the visiting Trinity men’s basketball team faced off against the Middlebury Panthers. From the first whistle, the contest was neck-and-neck, with Middlebury leading by just one point at the half. The Bantams returned the favor and outscored the Panthers by one in the second half, tying the score up at 57-57 at the end of regulation. First-year Will Dorian ’25 showcased a strong performance for the Bantams, leading the team with 20 points and eight rebounds, while senior Donald Jorden Jr. ’23 also contributed to the action, putting up 19 points and grabbing 11 big rebounds. With only 27 seconds left in the first overtime, Trinity was down by three points, but edged closer with Will Dorian sinking a key shot. Only 14 seconds left in the contest, and junior Dana Smith ’23 tied the game up with a free throw, sending the Bantams into their second overtime. The Bantams held the lead throughout much of the second overtime, but the Panthers tied things up at 73-73, with only seven seconds left after sinking four free throws. The Panthers came out strong in the game’s final overtime by scoring four unanswered points, ultimately leading to the Bantam’s tough defeat, and a final score of 82-77.
On Saturday, the Trinity men’s ice hockey team also experienced a super exciting and tightly played game versus the Hamilton College Continentals. The Continentals scored the game’s first goal only three minutes into the contest, but sophomore Ned Blanchard ’24 answered with Trinity’s first goal just five minutes later. With the momentum building in favor of Trinity, sophomore Jax Murray ’24 gave the Bantams a 2-1 lead less than a minute after Blanchard’s goal. The Continentals tied the game up 15 minutes into the first period, with Fred Allaire’s second goal of the game for Hamilton. After a scoreless second period, Hamilton’s Nick Rutigliano gave the Continentals the lead in the third period, but it was short-lived. Just over a minute later, Trinity sophomore Devan Tongue ’24 tied the score up at 3-3. The Bantams ultimately fell short, when just under a minute into overtime Hamilton scored, but an inspired strong team-effort was clearly present throughout the whole game.
In the final thriller of the weekend, the Trinity women’s ice hockey team faced off against the number 10 ranked Colby College Mules at home. Following a tough 7-0 loss to the Mules just two days prior, the Bantams came back to Koeppel Community Sports Center ready to showcase their grit. The Bantams put up a tremendous fight against the Mules, leading 1-0 for the first 55 minutes of the contest, after junior Olive Scull ’23 put the Bantams on the board just 47 seconds into the game. In the end, Colby would tie things up, sending it into overtime. The game progressed to three-on-three overtime rules, where the Mules would ultimately come out on top with a goal from Bri Michaud-Nolan. Trinity sophomore goaltender Hannah Leclair ’24 had a tremendous game in net, stopping 46 shots from the Mules.
Three thrilling games, perhaps none with the outcome the Bantam faithful hoped for, but with incredible efforts and building the way for good things to come in the season ahead for all three Trinity teams.
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