Field Hockey Suffers Loss At Bowdoin

October 1, 2006

Lindsay McNamara scored the game-winning goal with just 1:35 to play, lifting the 12th-ranked Bowdoin College field hockey team to a 3-2 victory over eighth-ranked Middlebury on Sunday. The Polar Bears (6-1, 3-1 NESCAC) win their 13th straight home game as the Panthers (6-1, 4-1 NESCAC) lose for the first time this season.

Middlebury was able to get on the scoreboard first, as a scramble in front of the Bowdoin cage was put home by Madeleine Macmillan less than 10 minutes into the contest. The Panthers held the one-goal advantage through halftime until early in the second period, when Burgess LePage took a feed from Madeleine McQueeney and buried a well-placed shot inside the right post to deadlock the game at one. Twelve minutes later, a Polar Bear corner set up a doorstep goal for Hillary Hoffman, giving Bowdoin a 2-1 edge with 15:35 remaining.

Middlebury rallied and evened the game with eight minutes on the clock.

With a screen in front of the goal, Reid Berrien slapped home her second goal in as many days, tying the game at two apiece with 8:22 to play.

The Panthers continued their offensive pressure, and Bowdoin netminder Kate Leonard made several key stops at the three minute mark to preserve the tie. Bowdoin scored the game-winner off a penalty corner, as Val Young found McNamara on the weak-side for a one-timer at 1:35, giving the Polar Bears their second straight win over the Panthers.

Leonard made 11 saves in the win for Bowdoin, while Meghan McGillen also stopped 11 for Middlebury. The Polar Bears will host Tufts next Saturday, while Middlebury will travel to Keene State on Tuesday.

--courtesy Bowdoin--