Annika Dyczkowski ’25
Saturday, Sept. 30 met Bantam Sports with partly sunny skies in Hartford- perfect weather for a handful of NESCAC matchups. All of Saturday’s home games congregated in honor of Pride Day; Trinity’s Play with Pride games are a celebration of campus inclusion and belonging for all individuals who identify with the LGBTQ community.
Men’s soccer clinched their first NESCAC victory of the season over Bates for a final score of 2-1. Nick Bellak ’25 finished with both goals, including the game-winner with four minutes left in regulation. This revolutionary win broke the Bantams NESCAC losing streak of 47 games, their last win being in 2017 against Wesleyan. Assistant coach Austin Farwell speaks for the team upon winning, concluding that they “are looking forward to the next one.” Their next matchup is at home Oct. 4 against Western New England University at 7 p.m.
Women’s soccer battled closely with Bates College for an eventual 1-0 victory over the Bobcats. 84 minutes of the game were left scoreless, but fans erupted in celebration when senior captain Gabby Grattan got the last word in with one of her four shots clinching victory for the Bantams. The team’s exciting matchup also made for an exceptional alumni recognition game, as since-graduated members of the team travelled back to Hartford to cheer on past teammates. The team’s next contest is at home vs. NESCAC in-state rival Connecticut College at 6 p.m.
Field hockey fell in an unfortunate loss to Bates, 2-1. The team is now 5-4 overall and 1-4 in the NESCAC. Prior to the game, the Bantams celebrated former coach of 22 years Anne Parmenter in a ceremony unveiling the new press box named in her honor. The team’s next home game is Oct. 3 vs. Connecticut College at 6 p.m.
Women’s volleyball concluded the weekend victorious, sweeping Colby College at home. The team improved to 8-4 and overpowered the Mules in almost every department, particularly their 35 assists compared to Colby’s 29, 37 kills to 34, and five aces to three. Individual leaders of Saturday’s game include Bella Caffuzzi ’25 with ten kills, Grace Sullivan ’25 with two aces, 13 assists, and seven digs, and Scarlett Jago ’27 with two aces, five assists, and 18 digs.
To nobody’s surprise, football put away Amherst in a wipe-out match of 49- 0. The Bantams had 457 total yards- 245 of which were on the ground- compared to the Mammoth’s measly 145, and by halftime the Bantams were up 42-0. Football improved to 3-0 on the season in search for four away at Hamilton on Oct. 7. Their next home game is Oct. 14 following the off weekend of Trinity days; the Bantams will take on the Middlebury Panthers on Jessee/Miller Field with kickoff set for 1 p.m. The weekend of Oct. 14 is also a conglomerative celebration of Bicentennial, Homecoming, and Family weekend. Alumni, parents, and family friends visiting campus in honor of Trinity’s history and making new memories with old friends should make for an exhilarating weekend for Bantam Sports.