Middlebury

FIELD HOCKEY FALLS IN OT AT BOWDOIN

September 26, 2011

            Ella Curren drilled home a penalty corner with 9:51 remaining in overtime on Saturday afternoon to give the fourth-ranked Bowdoin field hockey team its fourth consecutive win to open the season. The eighth-ranked Panthers fall to 2-2 while the Polar Bears increase their record to 4-0.

            Neither team was able to generate many offensive opportunities in the early going, as the two teams battled for possession in the midfield. Bowdoin was unable to convert any of its early shots, allowing Middlebury to open up the scoring at 12:55 in the first half. Junior Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) hammered a penalty corner into the back of the net to give Middlebury the early lead. The Panthers nearly increased their lead with 9:50 remaining in the first half, but Bowdoin goalie Kayla Lessard came out to make a diving stop on a Middlebury break away at the top of the circle that kept the Polar Bears within one.

            Bowdoin wasted little time coming out of the break, tying the game just 34 seconds into the second half. Katie Herter carried the ball up the field and fired a shot that Middlebury senior Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) turned aside. Cathleen Smith was able to control the rebound and slide the ball across the net to Liz Clegg, who banged home the equalizer.

            The Panthers responded at 16:53, when Greer drilled an identical penalty corner to put Middlebury up 2-1. Despite 13 penalty corners in the second half, Bowdoin was unable to score until Cathleen Smith finished off a pass from Herter in close range to tie the game at two apiece with only 4:26 left in regulation. The Polar Bears generated a few opportunities in the remaining 1:30, but the Middlebury defense preserved the tie to force the game into overtime.

            Bowdoin was finally able to convert on its second penalty corner of the overtime period to take the victory. Curren let loose a blistering shot from the top of the circle to beat Shaw at 9:51 in the overtime and secure the win for the Polar Bears.

            Shaw made 14 saves in net for the Panthers, while Lessard collected seven stops in the win. The Polar Bears held an 18-4 advantage in penalty corners, but the Panthers scored both goals on their four opportunities. 
• Field hockey record: 2-2                            
• Up next: 9/27 vs. Skidmore – 6:00, 10/1 vs. Wesleyan – 1:00, 10/2 vs. Conn. – 2:00