Middlebury

Field Hockey With Big Win At Bowdoin

September 23, 2009

A pair of first-half goals snapped Middlebury's eight-match losing streak to rival Bowdoin and gave the Panthers their first NESCAC win of the season in a 2-0 decision on Saturday. The Panthers (2-2, 1-2 NESCAC) had not beaten the Polar Bears (3-2, 1-2) since 2004, including a pair of defeats in NCAA Tournament play.

Middlebury found the back of the cage just over 14 minutes into the contest, when Dana Heritage cracked a drive from the top-right of the circle to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Bowdoin had a great chance to tie the score with under five minutes to play in the half, as a give-and-go attempt by Polar Bears McKenna Teague and Liz Clegg forced a defensive save by Middlebury's Liz Garry to retain the one-goal advantage. Heather McCormack made the Polar Bears pay just moments later, finishing off a scrum off the left post to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead at intermission.

Bowdoin's best chance to chip away at the lead came in the second period as Ingrid Oelschlager's attempt trickled just wide of the net. Madeline Brooks stopped six shots in net for the Panthers, who dealt the Polar Bears just their second home loss in the last five seasons. Emily Neilson stopped nine shots for the Polar Bears.